Without further ado, the tale of Claudine Romanov-Mercurio, gypsy, dancer, actress, runaway, and so much more.
Here is the photo that started it all:
First, a quick look at my two page spread:
Where is the cabinet card? Well, it's hiding behind the narrative. I printed the story on transparency film. Originally I was just going to put it over the second page, but decided to back the transparency with vellum, which also makes it easier to read. Time to backtrack a bit.
The title, "A Misspent Youth," continues on page two, with the question, "Or was it?" The story answers that question.
The first page consists of many tags and other memorabilia that our wayward Claudine collected in her youthful travels. They are strung together and pop out of their pockets easily so they can be looked at.
The transparency, vellum, and underlying page were machine stitched together on one side so the story can be lifted to reveal page two.
And this is Claudine's story:
You just have to love a project that allows you to be both artist and storyteller. Can't wait to get my next
victim, I mean book.