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.
"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".
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.
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