Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Memory of Long Ago

I've finally completed an artist proof of the book about white titled Memory of Long Ago.

The book is bound to look like an ice core using paper that is the same size, just placed offset by about 0.75". 

The first page and the second half of the book has been waxed, to render the pages almost transparent. 

It was quite the challenge to print white on white and to print so that the text on multiple pages aligns when the pages are collapsed and one on top of the other.

Monday, February 19, 2018


The latest project I have been working on is a book exploring our perception of the colour white. The book started as a thought experiment that asked, 'What if snow was black, or orange? Would our perception of cleanliness, sanitation, peace, space, virginity, purity be different? Would doctor's coats and gallery walls be orange? How would this affect our notion of race and hierarchy?

I wanted to tie this idea in to glaciation, climate change, snow and firn. I wanted the book to resemble an ice core, as in this prototype. The images would be scratched into the top most waxed sheet of highly beaten abaca.

The scratches mark all the pages underneath, leaving a trace, a shadow of what was on top. Just like melting snow going from opaque to clear, I wanted the viewer to activate these qualities as the book's pages are turned. Stay tuned...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Deep Time

I finally finished a proof of my book, Deep Time during a residency at Penland earlier this year. It was a fantastic experience, and I was surprised at how much I got done in a 2-week period! I spent the first week in the dye studio, dyeing all my paper using cloves. About 350 sheets of paper were brush dyed for an edition of 44, including overrun. Read more about the initial ideation phase here.

The next step was to dip dye everything in Indigo. It was the perfect place to be doing this, because my finished pieces were a direct reflection of the beautiful views outside the studio. As the Indigo soaked into the sheet, it pushed the clove up, and created the beautiful ridge I was after for this project.

Every set of papers were dipped in a slow progression, with Indigo taking up more and more room on the page. Each sheet was progressively held down longer and longer to get a stronger blue.

After printing the first layers, this a set of proof sheets. The very last page was too dark to include in the final progression.

The lines that are printed over each page are engraved into end grain maple blocks. It is an extremely slow, time consuming and tedious process- which reflected my core concept exactly.

The line quality of the engraved blocks lent a beautiful look to the finished pages

Each page was then cut into, in a progression...

...with the shapes that form the Tibetan plateau, the Andean mountain range and the Kanz'gyal range in Centra Asia- some of the highest points on the physical surface of the planet.

After two busy weeks in the mountains, and two days of traveling, unpacking and re packing, I went to Codex in San Francisco to try and sell my work. Phew!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Japanese Papermaking, Pyramid Atlantic, April 7–8, 2017

In this intensive 2-day workshop students will learn about history, and traditional processes involved in making Nagashizuki style papers. Students will have a chance to observe how Kozo bark is cooked, after which they will learn to hand beat fibers to ready them for papermaking. Part of the first and second days will be spent making paper, and at the end of the second day, we will press and dry our sheets. Sign up here.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Printing Poetry, November 5 & 6

In this introduction to letterpress printing, you will learn how to set and print type in addition to making a mock-up to print a haiku of your choosing. To complete your broadside, you will use transfer and stenciling techniques to create simple imagery that will accompany your poem. You will leave with a small edition of your hand-printed poetry. No prior experience required.
Sign up for this workshop here.