I can't really describe what I felt when I held the first copy of the book in my hands...WOW such an exciting moment. To hold the actual book.
We were suppost to get the fist copy of the book on Tuesday, but the binder hadn't finished in time so they transported it directly to the harbor a day later. So no book on Tuesday.
It was in the warehouse in Rotterdam the next day that I saw the first copy.
My sweet friend Muriel went with me to the harbor to drop off the Art for the Exhibition in Curaçao (she's got a statoin wagon, I was afraid it would not fit in my car). At the warehouse there were all these boxes with our books (7 pallets in total).
The guy got a box of the pallet and gave it to me. Off course I couldn't get the tape off... and he helped me with it. Then I opened the box and saw all these books ahhhh sooo cool, I guess the pictures tells enough.
I had to put the book back in the box and the box back on the pallet, otherwise the inventory list of the shipper would not be correct. That was a hard moment. But I new that I would have my own copy very soooon.
Today they will put the pallets in a container and then ship it to the other side of the world...On board of one of the big ships as I point out on the picture below. There is actually a chapter in the book about a tour in the Curaçao harbor, the place where the books will arrive!
Yesterday I went to the printer to pick up the books that stay in Holland for the sales here. And I finally got my own copy. Kris still has to wait another day, since her copy of the book is shipped by expess to Curaçao. She was suppost to be here to receive our first copy together, but couldn't come :-(. We will celebrate it together whith the book launch in Curaçao beginning of November.
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We get a lot of email & questions about where and when people can buy the book. We are still working out some last details and keep you posted when it will be for sale online & in the bookstores!
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September 11th we started printing at Chevallier in the Netherlands. I went to take pictures of the printing of the cover and back yesterday. You can see the pictures here below!
Here the fresh white sheets of paper enter the machine...
And here the paper comes out on the other side. They were so kind to open up the machine so I could take a better picture :-)
Cover & back coming out of the machine and on to the pallet.
Almost done printing the cover & back of the book.
Here you see the pallets with the inside of the book. They printed 24/7 during the weekend.
Fun to imagine how these immense piles of paper are going to turn into proper books :-)
Love how the color of the images turned out. They printed it with special pigments ink and raster. The amount of detail you can see in each picture is truly amazing.
A detail of the inside pages.
The order of the pages is all strange now. That will be resolved when the pages are trimmed & folded into sections and then sewn & bind together. Impressive to imagine how they physically assemble a book from these huge piles of paper.
The pages are printed double sides and don't you love all the colors? We do!!!
It made us sooooooo happy to see how everything turned out!!!!! (read BIG GRIN on our face & and HAPPY SPARKLING eyes)
It is amazing to see our dream, that we've been working on for the last couple of months, turn into reality. From idea to digital images in the camera, from words into coherent text, to layout on the computer screen to print on paper. :-D
The next steps will be the laminating of the cover, then the UV coating to the front& back cover images. The binding of the book and adding the cover & back. We can't wait to see and hold the 1st finished edition in our hands :-)
We have had many requests about when and where the book will be for sale. We will post that information here very soon!
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Divas Publishing, Inc. creates & publishes beautiful books with quality editorial content and amazing photography. We want to “make a difference” e.g. distinguish from other books in terms of look, content & price. Next to books we publish calenders, postcards and Divas Publishing organizes a photo exhibition every year.
Divas Publishing, Inc. cares about the environment and the impact we have on it. We choose our printer Chevallier because they developed an extensive Environmental Management System embracing all activities and measures to preserve the environment and create a better society. “The environment, our care” has been part of their policy and company objectives since 1986.
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Texts by: Kristel Slagter, a lawyer in the financial services industry with a passion for the arts, architecture and interior design decided to follow her heart and produce and publish stylish books. Together with Eef Ouwehand she established the publishing company Divas Publishing, Inc.
Eef Ouwehand specializes in portrait and contemporary photography and has produced advertising and editorial photography for websites and magazines. With her creativity she captures the uniqueness of all things beautiful. She lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Curaçao.