Lovely Beth, from the library in Gleno, came down on Thursday to chat. She brought with her a staff member from the library, and the four of us discussed how the books were coming along and when they might be ready. They also asked Sinta to make a further 12, with different themes. So we will have to get creative with it. So far we did fruit, animals and clothing, so now we may do colours, shapes, transport, infrastructure, and sizes as themes.
The books are pretty simple - a cover (front and back) and and two other sheets inside making four pages or four images. The first batch we were able to buy stiff canvas type calico fabric. But when we went to buy more, it had all sold, so we bought cheap calico and iron on interfacing and the pages turned out really stiff, which the Timorese librarian preferred.
I've been trying to get Sinta to add interesting features to the images, like hand embroidered legs for the rooster, and eyes and scales on the fish. However im a little disapointed that she hasn't been trying new ideas with this concept. I will keep trying.
They also asked us to give quotes on making some large book bags with zips to make up into book kits for teachers to use in classrooms.