Monday, 2 August 2010

BookArtObject is expanding

As many of you know, I belong to the BookArtObject collective, until recently a group of eight book artists, each of us making an edition of at least 8 books on a set theme. This meant we each received a full set of the books, and I can't tell you how exciting it was as each of these treasures arrived in the mail.
This is the cover of my book, set on the group theme "Learning Absences", by Australian poet Rosemary Dobson. A poem about loss, I chose to interpret it through the very personal journey of my parents, as my father drifted into oblivion after the onset of dementia.

The illustration on the cover is a reproduction of one of my Dad's oil paintings, one of my favourites among several that I treasure. I titled the book "Drifting: living with dementia".

The book is A5, very simple, containing photos of my parents in their 20s and then in their later years, Dad in his late 80s, Mum at 93. The text is just lists of words, describing Dad as we knew him for most of his life, and then as he was when in the grip of dementia.

I'm not sure that I'd want to do something so personal and confronting again, and yet I feel it was very therapeutic and in spite of thinking many times that I'd abandon the entire project, I was supported and encouraged by other members of BookArtObject, and my family and friends.

The group coordinator, Sara, has put a group photo of our books here but has also placed several more photos on her Artist Books 3.0 page, well worth a look to see the different approaches we all took.

The collective has now expanded to fourteen and I'd like to welcome the new book artists/calligraphers/printers. I'm sure you will get as much enjoyment from the challenges presented as I have. Follow our progress on the BookArtObject site and meet the new members.


  1. This is a very encouraging post, Carol, especially for newbies who may not have done collaborative work (or blogging!) before.

    Already, I'm thinking of angles...

  2. Thank you for explaining the meaning and content of your book; it is beautiful!
    I understand the emotions involved in creating it, the difficulty of remembering and reliving the withering, change and loss of a loved one's mind. I have been there...

  3. Hello Carol Di si here helping me with this "blogging" business and Di noticed that on teh cover of your book the letters "i and t" look like figures walking away. Such amazing stuff, art!.

  4. Thanks Di, you're one of the people who has encouraged me throughout the book making process.

    Anna, Thank you for your generous words. I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful work.

    Alison, so good to see you here with Di. I hadn't noticed about the letters on my cover but you're quite right, it's a nice effect. That font is called 'Buffied" and is inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I love it.

  5. WOW, Carol! What a fabulous book! I love the cover, am intrigued by the font, and thought the photographs that you shared were very dear. I can easily see why you sometimes thought of abandoning your project, as it must have been quite painful to deal with most of the time. I had no idea that your father was such a talented artist! Simply beautiful work!


  6. Dear Carol
    Thank you for your message on my blog. I am looking forward to getting involved with the BookArtObject. I do feel as though I have got quite a bit of catching up to do!
    Interesting that on your list of fave books in your profile you have put Barbara Nadel. I know her personally! She's brilliant

  7. I can imagine how difficult designing your book must have been, I hope it helped you through the grieving process.

    How exciting to receive eight books, what a challenge to make 14!


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