BIRDS OF PASSAGE
Artist Edition of 5, Handmade book incorporating 20 photographs and unique encaustic piece. February 2019.
"Between September and February, tens of thousands of migratory birds visit the beaches and mudflats of the Dee Estuary, near my home at the tip of the Wirral peninsula in North West England. Travelling from their summer breeding grounds in the arctic, they journey vast distances to overwinter in warmer climes. Arriving slowly at first, and then in huge numbers, the air is often filled with clouds of knot, dunlin, oystercatcher, sanderling and redshank. A blizzard of birds, their lines of flight connecting me to northern lands. I wonder what sights these world travellers must have seen and what tales they could tell. All too soon, they depart, continuing on their migratory paths, leaving only feathers washed in on the tide and temporary traces in the sand. The beach seems lonelier without them...."
Hand-crafted, hardback book, 220mm x 220mm, cloth-covered in 'stone' grey and titled in pigment ink.
Artist edition of 5. Made to order, Signed and numbered.
46 pages, with 20 photographic images, text and incorporating unique encaustic piece (feather of oystercatcher encased in wax)
Hand-stitched Swiss binding, exposed spine.
Internal pages are archival pigment prints on Japanese Awagami papers (70gsm and 125gsm). Interleaved page of Japanese Unryu tissue. Murano endpapers.
The rear of the book incorporates an encaustic piece, mounted inside a specially-constructed 10mm deep frame. Covered with Japanese papers and attached to the book block.
Housed in a handcrafted presentation box, designed and custom-made by the artist. 320mm x 320mm. Murano papers and bookcloth in twine grey.