Pieces of Eight: Collaborative Artist Books*
Eight women artists from different walks of
life came together in November, 2005, with the single purpose of
collaborating on a unique series of artist book.
Artists' books are not books about art; they
are art expressed through book form. Each artist "set the
tone" by creating a theme, book structures and introductory pages.
The book forms varied from handmade volumes to paper dolls to
boxes to stacks of loosely bound papers and fabrics. The themes,
broadly defined, left room for each artist to bring her unique
talent, experience and perspective to the books. The plan was
for each artist to pass their book from member to member with
each artist adding to it.
The books are filled with pages of techniques
and mediums including painting, metalwork, fabric arts, sketching
and layering of textures. In March, 2007, the books were finished.
Those involved agree that working with other women artists from
Topeka and Lawrence has been a very rich and rewarding experience
for inspiration, learning and encouragement.
Maria Raquel Morales
Betsy Knabe Roe
Mary Dorsey Wanless
article from the Washburn Center for Kansas Studies newsletter, April 2007.