|The Yellow Jacket Wasp Nest
|Artist / Creator
|Red Tower Bookworks
|Place of Publication
|Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
|Text adapted from Insect Architecture by James Rennie and Wasps and their Ways by Margaret W. Morley. Photos: Oregon Department of Agriculture and iStockphoto.
|Process / Technique
|Structure / Binding
|Soft cover with flaps, perfect bound with linen thread reinforcement
|Cover: 100% cotton lined with coloured kozo. Endpapers: wasp paper and cotton pulp. Interior: handmade cotton paper and photos printed on Japanese kozo
|Number of Pages
|6.5 x 6.25 x .25 inches closed.
|Edition of 25
|Signed & Numbered
|Numbered, unsigned edition
Papermaking wasps are both builders and artists. Collecting and being fascinated by the many abandoned wasp nests around my rural studio has resulted in Paper Architecture, a small book describing the construction skills of yellowjackets. The weight and softness of nest paper inspires the book's tactility while the ovoid nest forms and hexagonal cells are suggested by shaped text blocks and the use of an angular typeface.
Artist BioFrances Hunter is a Canadian graphic designer primarily designing books for trade publishers. With Red Tower Bookworks (her own imprint) she published Poems for an Oil Free Coast in two handmade limited editions. A growing interest in papermaking has become integral to her newest work.