Art of the Book 2018 / by Helen O'Connor

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This beautiful show opened yesterday. I am fortunate to have had an artist book selected by the prestigious jury to be in the exhibition that will tour across the country for two years! The opening was a great opportunity to meet other artists who love paper and understand its value as an expressive medium. Connecting with other artists who share similar sensibilties is important to me. It oftens opens up opportunities to collaborate. 

   The Irish Donkey   which is part of the   Art of the Book 2018   exhibition is a 1/2 leather handbound book with an embossed cover. The cover paper used is pigmented flax that I made with a Reina beater. The size is 6"x8". Whitehorse bookbinder Mary Hudgin was my mentor for the hand bookbinding process.   

The Irish Donkey which is part of the Art of the Book 2018 exhibition is a 1/2 leather handbound book with an embossed cover. The cover paper used is pigmented flax that I made with a Reina beater. The size is 6"x8". Whitehorse bookbinder Mary Hudgin was my mentor for the hand bookbinding process.

 

 The book is made up of a variety of paper I made with fibres such as hemp, flax, kozo and cotton.   

The book is made up of a variety of paper I made with fibres such as hemp, flax, kozo and cotton.

 

 The book is inspired by stories from my parents' childhood in Ireland as well as my experiences there. 

The book is inspired by stories from my parents' childhood in Ireland as well as my experiences there. 

 The content is hand written stories and poems, sketches, printmaking and watercolours.

The content is hand written stories and poems, sketches, printmaking and watercolours.