Working in collaboration with other artists is a not only source of inspiration for me, it also encourages broader thinking and forces me to adopt new approaches to solving problems. Since early 2015, I have been involved in collaborative work with other artists, some in Australia, some in the US. For this collaboration, we are working in small books, the initial four books were ones I found, and the next four have been made by the four artists involved. We pass the books to one another to add our contribution, each artist having chosen a theme for their own book. We each do a complete double page spread, and add to the first and last pages. In the four handmade books there is also a combined double page spread. This has been inspiring and given me more pleasure than I could have imagined. I will add galleries of the books as they are completed.
The book below also has an ocean theme, started with a drawing of seaweed. This is also in a ready-made book, but done in collaboration with Karen Bailey
(karenbaileystudio.com) and Kylie Fogarty (kyliefogarty.com)
The images below are from the next collaboration, with Cathe Jacobi (Amaryllis Log), Gale Everett (Sticks, Stones and Paperstew) and Karen Bailey (Karen Bailey Studio). We each made a book and chose a theme. The first page we all contributed to, then each artist filled a double page spread, the final spread was from all of us, then the last page was for summing up. This is my book, called ‘The Circle of Life’.
‘Water’ – Gale Everett’s book
‘Collections’ Cathe Jacobi’s book
‘Patterns in Nature – the Forest’ Karen Bailey’s book.