Until very recently, all of my work has simply been inspired by subjects that interest me like botany and architecture. However with the recent passing of my wife, a handmade book project brief from my ongoing Book Design course unexpectedly became an outlet for a wide range of emotions associated with an ongoing grieving process. The narrative for the book had to be on the topic of one's identity. An important part of my project brief was to experiment with printing onto varying types of card and paper using differing printing techniques.
I immediately realised that various paper and card types ranging from strong and hard to thin and fragile would be very suitable physical representations of the stages of the grieving process, starting out strong, moving into a dark and fragile state before a reassessment of oneself starts and rebuilding begins, recreating strength, albeit in a slightly different form before finally seeking a new way forward.
This is a one-off creation, which is really quite different from anything else I have created to-date, and has been a great opportunity to experiment in a way that I probably would not have done otherwise.