|Title||Echoes of hope waft across the low light of dawn|
|Artist / Creator||Paul Johnson|
|Artist's Nationality||United Kingdom|
|Place of Publication||Cheshire, UK|
|Structure / Binding||Pop-up book|
|Medium / Materials||Paper colored with industrial dyes and with pen work overlays|
|Paper Stock||Saunders Waterford Paper|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||3.5 x 3.25 x 1.25 inches closed|
|Box / Wrapper||Paper wrapper|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
This book is a small, one-of-a-kind folded book with watercolored, cut, interlocking layers. Industrial fabric dyes on mould-made watercolor paper with collage elements on front and back paste downs, colorful strings and tassels and spine decorations. Handwritten title in gold ink on inside front cover. This unique pop-up has no folds. All the sections are joined with dovetail hinges. This enables the pop-up to open and close with ease (no spring action), and there is no paper fatigue. Medieval illuminated manuscripts and the art of South East Asia inspire me. The piece tells a story, but the viewer decides what it is. The brief reflective narrative combines with the artwork rather like an illustration in a book, except that the pop-up is complete in itself, not an episode.
Artist BioPaul Johnson has an international reputation for his pioneering work in developing literacy through the book arts. He is the British author of over fifteen titles including A Book of One’s Own, Literacy Through the Book Arts and Pictures and Words Together (all published by Heinemann,USA.) Teaching tours include Sweden, South Korea and Thailand and he regularly teaches in the USA. Dr. Johnson is also a successful book artist with work in the collections of the Tate Gallery, London, the Cooper-Hewett Museum in New York, the National Gallery, the Library of Congress, Washington DC, and many US universities including UCLA, Berkeley, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Yale and Harvard. His work was selected for the Stand and Deliver USA touring exhibition of pop-up editioned books, and for the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild’s The Art of the Book touring exhibition (2008-09) for which he also received the guild’s Book Art Colophon Award. He is on the UK Craft Council’s select list of British designer-makers.