2004 Jewel Flipbook

“To turn the pages click on a corner or drag from the middle edge of the page to control the turn.”

In the winter of 2004 I spent three weeks in India – Bombay, Jaipur, Agra, Delhi, Chennai and Goa. I kept a visual journal which incorporated ephemera collected during my travels. On my return I scanned the pages and combined them with photographs I had taken along the way. Handmade brown Indian bagasse with heavily deckled edges had been shipped from Jaipur. It was cut to simulate the two pages of a book and adhered to 24″ x 32″ Arches paper. The final images were printed on this chine colle paper with the Vutek PressVu UV 200/600 flatbed printer. Gold and silver leaf, colored pencil and collage were added to the prints. Additional information on the process is available. This “page turning” presentation is another iteration of the art-making process.

Using commercially sourced images, “Girlfriends” traces the not uncommon trajectory of women’s lives. The text reads: Mothers, Family, Daughters, Friends, Celebrating, Relating, Growing, Together, Alone, Apart, Lonely, Away, Engaging, Marrying, Caring, Other.

The book is Coptic bound, 6” x 4” with 40 collaged pages, eco printed with foliage and blueberries. There is a cover of stamped solder over brass with a small copper onlay and a paper wrapper.