Tent Cave Hut: This Will Connect That by Emma Sovich

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Randy Sovich, my architect father, and I, a book artist/poet, saw this call as a chance to explore the relationships between our crafts. Joinery defines three typologies of construction: tent, cave, and hut. These relate to cultures around the world; each have binding structures that relate back to the three—as well as the fable "The Three Little Pigs,” so we created miniature books for each structure. Tent adapts traditional Japanese 4-hole binding; the tackets and sewing recall the construction of a tent or yurt. Cave adapts an Ethiopian binding; the cover's leather shaped over cord recalls the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia. Hut adapts a Western-style 2-hole link stitch; the stitching over parchment tapes and the basketweave cover recall post-and-beam and woven panel construction of huts. The spines are displayed in a box, whose burnt finish represents the outside world's dangers. In the process, we discovered "a law of geometry and a law of poetry" connect our crafts.

Artist Bio

Emma Sovich is a book artist and poet, publishing as Graveyard House Press. As a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Washington College, she teaches a special topics course that incorporates the materiality of letterpress and bookbinding into creative writing and revision. She has previously taught in the Book Arts MFA program at UA, and was the recipient of honors including a Windgate Fellowship, the Raymond F. McLain Book Arts Award, and studio assistant scholarships at Penland and the Paper and Book Intensive. She received MFAs in Book Arts and Creative Writing from the University of Alabama in 2015 and 2014 respectively. Her artist's books have homes in permanent collections in four states and have been exhibited in five. Her first full-length book of poetry won the 2016 Bryant-Lisembee prize and will be published by Red Paint Hill Press in 2017. See her work at emmasovich.com. Randy M. Sovich, AIA, founder of RMSovich Architecture, graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University, and has practiced architecture for 35 years. His extensive experience designing buildings and places has been recognized for quality in international competitions and through awards programs locally, regionally and nationally. Mr. Sovich is co-founder and co-Editor of T3XTURE Archizine.