In the Sheets is a project inspired by my personal dream diary. I have suffered from insomnia for a number of years, when I do finally sleep, I have very strange dreams. Because these dreams were so strange, a friend who is also a poet suggested I write them down. From this, I decided to base my project on these dreams. The dreams range from fun, to strange to interesting to very dark.
The text is hand-cut and scanned in to give the effect of depth and to allow them to flow in a wave form, to present the brain waves we have when we sleep. The material is very thin tracing paper, which allows the text to be seen through on either side to represent the lucid dreams.
I decided to create 5 short stories, as there are 5 stages of sleep. The typeface has 5 different weights, all of which change depending on the sleep stage. Each story explains the stage of sleep and also picks out particular words. These words are given a dictionary definition. The words are explored to see what it means to dream about ‘swimming’ for example.
At the end of the story is a separate page of my scanned personal dream diary to add an element of reality to these unusual dreams.