The Walk by Valerie Carrigan

Wanting to spend more time with my daughter last year, we began walking to school. Along these walks, we stopped to observe many things, but it was the milkweed that most captured our attention. We watched the plant change color and texture with each new day as my daughter waited patiently for the pods to open. Without knowing it at the time, these shared experiences evolved into an elaborate plan for a limited edition artist book. Simultaneously, I came across an obscure piece of writing from the private journal of Henri-Frederic Amiel, a nineteenth century Swiss philosopher. This writing, coupled with my own personal narrative about walking with my daughter, became the inspiration for this project.

Artist Bio

Valerie Carrigan makes prints and artist books under the imprint Messenger Press. Through monotype, relief and letterpress printing, she explores the intersection of the natural world and the human spirit. Her artist books are in prominent collections across the U. S. including the Smith College Book Arts Collection, University of Vermont Arts of the Book Collection, and University of Denver Special Collections among others. Valerie was recently the Book Artist in Residence at Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine, where she completed a limited edition artist book titled "The Walk." Valerie holds an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts and an M.ED from Western Washington University. She maintains an art studio in a historic mill in North Adams, MA.