Sunday, October 9, 2011

'Evolve' Book

As part of the altered book collection in the Toronto Reference Library, I had the opportunity to take an existing book and create my own work. Inspired by a visit to the anatomy Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, and the collection of anatomical pop-up books in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto, I created a paper-and-acetate book of a female figure that has several layers of biological 'armor' that is slowly stripped with each turned page. The book can be checked out of the Toronto Reference Library in their Special Collection Artist Book room!

Monday, April 25, 2011

'Step' - Printing Footsteps

Worn boots are actually flat linoleum surfaces to printmakers, and so I took lino tools to my old boots.

Walking around the city, I left a map of my favourite walking trails step by step.

Usually disappearing as quickly as they are printed, my footprints will last a little longer than most.

My footprints reveal both my neighbourhood and my walking pattern, and only the part of the boot that gets enough pressure will print. The rest of the image is hidden on my boot itself, and only I can read the whole story.

Lotus fold books reveal the steps as you page through. The books and the boots are stored in handmade boxes, but the boots aren't quite retired yet!