This book was begun during a summer when my studio was over run with those plain brown moths we always called Miller moths. One morning found a moth floating on the top of an open glue pot; that beautiful moth reminded me that even the peskiest of critters have their engaging moments. Inspired, I began to draw, then did a bit of research, then figured out ways to present moth snippets and specimens in book form. I wrote the text, recruited friends to gather specimens and designed the book and box. One of my favorite features is the detachable lid with magnifying lens built in, so one can roam around and examine other pesky critters more closely. Pages constructed of wood, book board, laser cut and etched paste papers laminated to museum board, laserprint text, moths encased in epoxy casting resin, mica, wrapped with hand painted buhgra papers. Covers laser etched wenge wood with surface applied wax and pigment. End pages laser etched double sided unryu papers. Spine lining bugra with surface applied wax and pigment. Straps are paper backed cloth held in place with place with brass nails. Box: Laser etched book board with surface applied shellac, wax and pigmented. Corners and base are wrapped with paper backed book cloth. Removable box lid has built in magnifying glass. Based on an enhanced accordion binding structure designed by Hedi Kyle.
Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists’ books, sculptural books and limited edition books. Her work embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. It has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections. An archive of her work in the book arts is under development at Penrose Special Collections, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. Alicia is also owner/director at Abecedarian Gallery in Denver. The gallery, located in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, has an ongoing commitment to and focus on book arts and works on paper.