The sketchbook - a progression of my artistic exploration: 'Below the Line', a phrase from Deepak Chopra's book 'Quantum Healing'.
The sketchbook dismantled, some pages 'eco printed' using plant matter and techniques developed by textile artist India Flint ('Eco Color: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles'). The sketchbook cover boiled in sphagnum moss. Some pages eco-printed paper coffee filters - 'pockets' of plant matter and rusted staples, nails, rods. All, rolled into tight bundles, tied with recycled sari silk yarn, steamed for 2 hours, then left for weeks before unbundling.
Damage caused by the process repaired by stitching, patching - discarding, where some too damaged to mend. The pages then interspersed with rust-dyed sheets of semi-transparent organza, onto which symbols transfer-printed: the 'vocabulary' developing from my 'Below the Line' researches. In addition to the organic - and almost by chance - the geometric (squares, triangles, circles), in the form of stitches, patches,transfers and folds. Added to some of the pages melted bees/encaustic waxes. I think the wax is to do with embalming, preserving.
Time, temperature, the organic, the geometric. Damage and repair. Collecting and gathering, sorting, discarding, arranging, deciding. Thinking, praying, contemplating. Leaving alone. Waiting. Considering. In the end, fixing the book back together- one line of stitches down the middle.
At the heart of the book, a mystery, unfolding. What is ... Below the Line?
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