BIRDS OF PASSAGE
Handmade book incorporating 20 photographs and unique encaustic piece. 1st Edition - February 2019. 2nd Edition - December 2020
2nd Edition, Dec 2020. Book with standard presentation box (not handmade). Limited edition of 10 - £200 plus p&p (SOLD OUT)
1st Edition, Feb 2019. Book with bespoke, hand-crafted presentation box. Limited edition of 5 - £350 plus p&p (SOLD OUT)
"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.
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 fine art paper. 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.
The 1st edition produced in Feb 2019 is limited to 5 books, which are housed in a handcrafted presentation box, designed and custom-made by the artist. 320mm x 320mm. Murano papers and bookcloth in twine grey.
The 2nd edition was produced in Dec 2020 and is limited to 10 books, which are housed in 23cm x 23cm grey presentation box (not handmade).