Artist Edition of 5, Handmade Photobook. August 2018. (2 remaining)
"Each year I welcome the arrival of migratory birds to the windswept shores of the Dee Estuary, their pathways of flight connecting me to distant lands. The beach seems quieter and lonelier during the months they are gone, but in my small, walled garden, activity continues throughout the year. Blackbirds, chaffinches and sparrows mark the passing of the seasons, building nests and raising their young in these temporary homes. Most often concealed from our view, each nest is perfectly suited to its task.... There may a thousand different pieces, all intricately woven and carefully collected. In time the fledglings take to the wing, abandoning their nests. Caught by a west coast breeze and fallen from the sky, their feathers come to rest in amongst the sea grasses... In this collection, I wanted to convey something of the beauty of what is left behind, the only trace of birds that we can get close to. In the delicate tangle of found feathers and empty nests, we are reminded of the value of connecting to the natural world that surrounds us."
Hand-crafted, hardback book, 255mm x 220mm.
Artist edition of 5. Made to order, Signed and numbered.
55 pages, with 26 images and accompanying text.
Cloth-covered hardback with printed title and hand-embellished motif, leporello binding, hand-stitched using waxed linen threads
Printed on Japanese Awagami papers with pigment inks. Selected pages printed on Fedrigoni satin. Interleaved with Japanese Unryu Palomino tissue and hand-embellished Murano papers. Khadi Bhutanese endpapers.
Housed in a handcrafted presentation box, designed and custom-made by the artist. 270mm x 230mm, using handmade Khadi Bhutan and delicate Unryu Palomino papers from India and Japan.