I have long been fascinated by the ways in which birds congregate, move and socialize. Ravens and magpies draw my attention, and are something of a totem for me. They are wise creatures and carry secrets on their backs. It is said they will reveal their secret wisdom to you if accorded appropriate respect. Their plumage and wing structure is a source of beauty and fascination. I wanted to capture the strike of light through translucent pinions in the structure and materials for this book. It seemed to me the only structure to use would be Hedi Kyle’s flag book structure, as it has played an important part in my book arts lexicon over the years, and is a form I know and love well. The striking contrasts of the piece were particularly inspired by the stark relief of corvids in skeletal branches silhouetted against the white snow that I see every day on my winter walks. The text is a century-old poem by William Carlos Williams entitled The Birds.
|Place of Publication||Canmore, Canada|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Artist's own altered images, printed digitally and manually enhanced|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Flag book|
|Medium/ Materials||White silk organza, silk thread, typed text|
|Paper Stock||Translucent vellum, Maidstone printmaking paper|
|Number of Pages||22 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||7.25 x 10.5 x 1 inches. Extends out to 41 inches|