Tuesday, November 20, 2018

INDIA Book Arts & Culture Tour, 2019



Tour in a nutshell
This intimate look into India is for those who wish to see behind the scenes of various working artists and craftspeople. Augmenting visits to art and craft centers, museums, studio visits and workshops, participants will have a chance to observe traditional wood block carving and printing on cloth, experience in natural dyeing, including visiting a natural indigo production unit, a miniature painter's studio and engage in traditional as well as modern papermaking methods. Additionally, we will visit world renowned architectural treasures like the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort to immerse into the aesthetic landscape of India.

For more information, go to www.radhapandey.com/tours



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Algal/Fungal


My latest artist book, Algal/Fungal is in the binding phase. I printed this book during a 2-week alumni residency at UI Center for the Book. Algal/Fungal is about the three main types of lichen: Foliose, Crustose and Fruticose.





Title page. The book has 4 multi-block wood engravings. This particular engraving was completed at Penland in 2016 during Gaylord Schanilec's class. 



Foliose lichen



Fruticose lichen




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

White


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!