Laundry Tightrope by Camille Riner

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This altered nested accordion book was created from one of my relief prints entitled, "Laundry Tightrope." The image shows a group of figures trying to balance on a clothes line filled with laundry. A tiny shirt hangs from a black thread that swings back and forth as you open the book. This is one of the images I developed from the idea of balancing the many different aspects of my life. Maybe you have felt the same conflict between your home responsibilities and career.

Artist Bio

Camille Riner's prints and artist books express her appreciation for the little things in life. She has appreciated being able to walk with her dog along a quiet trail, watch her 6 year old daughter marvel at the moon or sit on a hillside and see the wind move through the grass. Artist books are works of art realized in the form of a book. Riner's bookwork is based on her relief prints. Her relief prints start as blocks carved from wood or linoleum and she uses hand tools or an electric router to carve the images. The blocks are then printed using an old fashioned etching press that she cranks by hand. Riner scans and manipulates these final prints for use in her books. Each book is a combination of her prints, poems, origami (paper folding), handmade papers, beads, and linen threads. Most of her books are miniatures and easily fit in the palm of your hand. Riner has a BFA from the University of South Dakota and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before moving back to South Dakota she taught art and design at Southwestern Michigan College. Currently she works in her studio with her husband Paul Horsted and teaches workshops in printmaking, papermaking and book arts.