For the creation of Indigo Horizons, I was inspired by a Ming Dynasty Chinese manuscript, the Heart and Lotus Sutras (Harvard University). I was attracted to the paper dipped in Indigo dye to achieve a nearly black background. I used Arches paper, soaked in water, tied, folded, and clamped Shibori style, then dipped in indigo to suggest the deep velvet of night sky. Areas secluded from the dye create striking contrast and suggest clouds, stars, radiographs and organic life forms. In Indigo Horizons, I imagine traveling through the universe. The “landscape” of the book is one of celestial beings as well as poetry. The book, stretched to show the expanse of the accordion, transforms into an indigo field, electrified by light, evoking stars, fireflies and x-rays. I chose accordion binding for Indigo Horizons. This emphasizes the connectedness of all things, as in the sutras. The book’s poem, which I wrote, evokes the language of dreams, science and the timeless mythmaking.
|Place of Publication||St. Louis, MO|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Handmade accordion binding with indigo dyed Arches text wove, shibori method. Hard covers painted on indigo Cave paper, adhered to binder's board|
|Paper Stock||Arches Text Wove|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||5.75 x .63 x 8 inches; extends out to 48 inches|
|Signed and Numbered?||Yes|