About this piece:
The creation of this book surprised me–every aspect arriving totally unbidden.
One day, while working with a batik paper with a pattern of circles and squares, I was struck by the elegance and perfection each shape had–in its own way. Suddenly a tale of Square’s search for the perfect mate began to fill my head. In it, he would meet Triangle, Rectangle, Pentagon, Hexagon and Octagon, each possessing an attraction and special features, yet each somehow lacking what he was seeking. Then he spied Circle, and she was perfection–the very mate for him.
In keeping with the theme, I gave the book a square format, illustrated each shape by creating a square composition using stencils I had made and, at the end, included a square envelope made by folding and glueing 4 circles together. In it, I enclosed each shape Square had met along the way.
I seldom carry through a theme or motif as conscientiously as I have in this small book, but Square seemed to demand it.
His tale is told in 344 words—42 lines in 9 short paragraphs. The book’s cover and wrapper are a cotton rag, Khadi paper; its pages, both with imagery and text, are Strathmore 400 Series 80# paper. The small enclosure on the last page is made of cardstock and contains frosted mylar geometric shapes. Golden acrylics were used to create the imagery, using stencils I cut from mylar. The digitally reproduced text is in Verdana font.
paper, acrylic, thread, mylar, bone
About the artist:
Lives and works in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Connie Stricks has worked with paper in various ways for years. In 2009, she took a book binding workshop with Margo Klass and knew that this was the art form she wanted to pursue. She has taught at The Folk School and Northwoods Book Arts Guild in Fairbanks, AK, and at the Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival in OR. She is currently working on illustrating and binding two folktales she has written, one of which describes the making of Japanese kozo, a mulberry paper.