About this piece:
An eight page book consisting of four sheets folded at the fore edge and bound using what I call a split accordion spine binding. The text, which is an extraction from the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, is hand gilded in a script that mimics the handwriting of Emily Dickinson. The pages are make readys from an earlier project of prints inspired by trips to Denver’s Botanic Gardens made in collaboration with Melinda Laz.
Nature . . . endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable variations.
I am fond of this practical binding style as it requires printing on only one side of a sheet and works well for single sheets. The pages open flat and it stands for display beautifully. Although not something directly attributable to Hedi Kyle, it is based on an accordion and, perhaps more importantly, inspired by her willingness to look at a basic folded page and explore what else that basic form could be used for.
paper, ink, 23 kt. gold leaf, adhesive
About the artist:
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. Alicia’s 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.