Now that I know everyone in Group 7 has received my book, I am posting the explanation sheet I included in each package, and some images of the work. I had such a good time that, glutton for punishment that I am, I am musing on having books as well as prints in my next show.
As a printmaker, I’ve never been drawn to exact multiples, preferring to explore the variations on a theme that print methods allow. Each book in this varied edition is unique because of the hand-made nature of all the elements. Well . . .except that the text of poem and colophon is printed on my home printer.
The paper is an aged Yamato Chiri—the small inclusions are different in each sheet. I wanted a paper that conveyed a sense of history in its look and feel, that would fold easily and print with sensitivity. Whatever is printed on the paper shows through to the other side, a trait that suits my theme. History, both personal and cultural, shows through us all. And personal experience contributes to history.
The backs of the books are printed one at a time on an etching press, with various grid-patterned materials. All the images and the title panel are soft lino, relief-printed by hand. The ink is Akua; it is soy-based and water-washable, as close to non-toxic as one can find.
Though each book has the same layout, no two have the same palette; that includes the text which compliments the colours of the imagery.
This has been a labour of love, and I still feel excited every time I unfold a book and stand it up.