Just three days left till World Tapir Day ... clocks are ready to go. The last part was making a cover so that the hands of the clock don't get damaged in transit. And I remembered to put a battery in the box .... yes, battery is included.
For the clock side, I'm using an old circular map of the Malaya/Indonesia area ….. keeping it yellow like faded paper. Then for the '12' (which is only to orient the dial) I have modified an old Indonesian Tapir stamp so that the value reads 12. Lastly I have laminated the skinny hands with dark paper … fatteneing them up a bit so that they really stand out against the brown paper background. The last remaining challenge is to package these clocks so that I can put them together, transport them, stack them, without damaging the hands …. waiting for inspiration … still waiting …. still waiting …..
I'm seeing this project as a two sided affair. One side will be the mailed package and the other side will be the clock. For the mail package, I found some interesting cancellations, stamps etc and used a handwritten address. I wonder if I should add a 'Fragile' sticker and then throw it around the studio for a while to give it the true patina of a mailed package.
Why not make it a package? …… a tapir package ….. a package for World Tapir Day …. complete with Tapir stamp and string etc. Wait! how would you access the clock (for the battery) if it's tied with string? Ah ha! maybe one side is the package and one side is the clock. One side is the practical, functional - rather simplified clock, while the other side is the fun side.
Here are the finished boxes, with a colour variation. I like them but am concerned now that they may be too complex for the hands of a clock to appear against. Here's one of those classic examples of form vs function. How awful it would be if someone were to say … "Nice image, pity I can't read the time!" I'm thinking that if I call this a clock then I am duty bound to put the function first and have a simpler, more readable clock face …… back to the drawing board.