Major Final Project - Ode to a Promise
My final project is a continuation of my previous theme of family relationships, looking particularly at married life. Although marriage is often disregarded and criticized nowadays, I wanted to base this project on an enduring marriage and, most of all, on an enduring relationship between two people.
I have decided that through the protagonists of my story and the hardships they have endured, I want to portray how one single situation, through either choice or accident, can either end a marriage or even, through overcoming the difficulties, make it stronger.
The foundation for ‘Ode to a Promise’ was the husband’s diary and the wife’s memories, which were edited into a never-happened conversation, along with family photographs and photos of Havana, Cuba.
To make the project personal and unique, I have decided to use fabric instead of paper. The book was printed on four different kinds of fabric using an inkjet printer, each designed to reflect the husband and wife’s characters and individuality. Ultimately, everything about the book’s design; the font chosen, the spacing, the binding and all other aspects, is designed to reflect the married couple’s individualism.
There are a lot of details which remain unsaid within the book, and my aim is that it presents a puzzling task to the reader, who may wonder about or believe in either a pessimistic or optimistic turn of events. Alternatively, the reader may simply accept the book as a fictional story.
This, then, is an open book, subject to many different interpretations about ‘him’, about ‘her’, and about ‘them’ - about the marriage which ‘Ode to a Promise’ celebrates.