|Artist / Creator||Helen Hiebert|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Author of Text||Carl Adamshick|
|Contributors||Box produced by Sandy Tilcock of Lone Goose Press|
|Process / Technique||Printing by Sandy Tilcock|
|Number of Images||6|
|Image Process||Embedded string drawings|
|Structure / Binding||Loose sheets in clamshell box|
|Medium / Materials||Handmade abaca paper, hemp string, letterpress printing|
|Paper Stock||Handmade abaca paper|
|Number of Pages||6 plus 1 colophon|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||16 x 22.5 x 1 inches closed; 33 x 22.5 x 1 inches opened|
|Edition Size||Edition of 10|
|Box / Wrapper||Clamshell box|
I recently pulled Ashley’s Book of Knots off of my book shelf and have been exploring the art of tying knots, or “not tying them,” trapping them between translucent sheets of handmade paper. As I carefully arrange a loosely tied knot and rest it on top of a freshly made sheet, it begins to find its form as I manipulate the loops and ends of the string and compose a drawing. Similar Lives, by Carl Adamshick The secret wants to hide within itself, hold one end, draw the other until it's gone. Yesterday or today or two hundred years ago, living such similar lives, on the same path to the mountain that swallows you, first, in its shadow, then, its mystery. Listening to friends explain everything they know, their mouths like grand pianos, trace and loop, hover close to the melody. Tooth and key. Practice and song. The sustained lowered chord of their lives waiting, waiting for the felt to rise. Always we return, come back to the spine, ligament and vein, the craft of biology. We are born. Our tiny hearts enlarge. Our memories expand like a universe. The world, full of light we can breathe. Hear the two hushed voices in the next room careful with each other. They are like one thing posing as two. I’m not my mother. I didn’t stay behind. My hair has not grayed. I am the labyrinth, not the one lost in the puzzle. Maybe you think this is my life because it is what you see. Maybe you think we die. Carl Adamshick is the author of the chapbook Backscatter. His published work is known for subjects ranging from politics to the inner world of relationships and the ways in which human beings fail one another. In 2010, he won the Walt Whitman Award for his collection Curses and Wishes. Adamshick lives in Portland, Oregon, where he has worked for a printer for the past twenty years.
Artist BioCarl Adamshick is the author of the chapbook Backscatter. His published work is known for subjects ranging from politics to the inner world of relationships and the ways in which human beings fail one another. In 2010, he won the Walt Whitman Award for his collection Curses and Wishes. Adamshick lives in Portland, Oregon, where he has worked for a printer for the past twenty years. Helen Hiebert is a Portland, Oregon artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films and artist books using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches and lectures about papermaking and lamp-making internationally, and serves as an adjunct faculty member at Oregon College of Art & Craft. Helen exhibits her work internationally, she is author of the books Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker's Companion, and Paper Illuminated She is the vice president of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and a regular contributor to Hand Papermaking Newsletter. Her next book, Playing with Paper, will be published by Rockport Publishers in January 2013.