Collaborating with other artists has become a significant part of my practice over the last few years, and time becomes a major element in the progress of a collaboration. This book is one of a set of five in a project which began over two years ago. About a week ago I received my book back with the final pages completed, and it was like reuniting with an old friend.
This was an international collaboration, with two of us (myself and Karen Bailey) in Australia, Cathe Jacobi and Gale Everett Stahlke in the US and Rebecca Cary Anderson in Sweden. All of us except Rebecca had collaborated before (see here for more about the first books) so when we decided to do another set of books, we asked Rebecca to join us. None of us have ever met in person, we became friends through our WordPress blogs, each loving one another’s work.
For this project we decided to make concertina books, each person contributing one double page spread on the theme of the person who made the book. The books are roughly A5, or 210 x 148 mm. We all had some technical issues in making a long concertina using good quality paper, and in the end I decided to simply present the others with separate pages, which I would then join at the end. This is now done, with hinges made from Chinese rice paper, strong enough to cope with the folds, but thin and unobtrusive enough to not obscure any of the handwriting on the backs, which is such an intrinsic part of this book.
My theme was Eat Me – which could be interpreted liberally. My thinking was that this could have something to do with edible plants, but each artist had complete freedom as to their interpretation.
Receiving the book back was such a joy, I could spend time closely examining each piece of artwork, created with such care and skill. Everyone wrote a piece on the back of their artwork, about their thought process and how it all came together.
To see more of the other books in the series, visit each of the artists, all of us (except Gale) are on Instagram: karenbaileystudio, cathejacobi, rebeccacaryandersonart, and me anna_warren_portfolio, Gale is at sticksstonesnpaperstew here on WordPress.