This is the next stage in the series of collaborative works, a hand-made book. I am working in conjunction with three other artists, Karen Bailey, Cathe Jacobi and Gale Everett Stahlke – we each make a book, around A5 (210 mm x 148 mm) in size, with 12 pages, choose a theme and set to work. The first page in each is to have contributions from each of us, then each person completes one double page spread, the last spread is combined and the final page has thoughts about the theme, presented however we wish.
This is an international project, Karen in Melbourne and myself in Sydney both in Australia, and Cathe and Gale in different parts of the US. None of us have ever met, we know each other through our WordPress blogs, but I feel we have become good friends as well as collaborators over the development of this idea.
The theme I decided on for my book is The Circle of Life – so much of my work is motivated by explorations of plant forms that this seemed an obvious path to take, and one that the others can interpret in ways that are meaningful to them. So, my drawings portray the life cycle of Christmas Bells, an Australian native plant, from buds and flowers, the development of seedpods pushing through the withered petals to the dry, twisted seedpods after they have burst and scattered the seed. The drawings are graphite pencil and coloured pencil, Faber Castell Polychromos.
The cover of the book is made from the drypoint prints that I have been experimenting with recently, and some small etchings. The heavy paper is printed on both sides, using several plates overprinted to make intricate images. The imagery was inspired by lichens, fungi and fern leaves. I made a small label, also using a print, and attached it to the front with a narrow leather strap, with the title handwritten on it.
So, in the next few days this book will be going to Karen in Melbourne, and I can start work on my pages for hers!
To see all the other books so far (which are stunning I have to say!) go to: