About this piece:
Sanctuary One is one of two books with the same theme. The four-panel accordion is designed to create an enclosure of tranquil space when displayed, with a single aperture offering a glimpse to anyone seeking refuge. A private place to retreat from the outside world, if only in the mind. The wire-edge binding technique allows for the structure to be reversible; consequently asserting that the sanctuary can be either inside of us or it can surround us as a protective shield.
The surface design is done in layers. The first layer was made on the handmade paper using colored pulp and stencils. After drying, paste paint was applied on top of the pulp motif. Handwriting with a ruling pen and collage finished the imagery.
paper, paint, thread
About the artist:
Bonnie Stahlecker is a studio artist, working in books and sculptures. She was involved with the early Paper and Book Intensives where she worked with international known bookbinders and papermakers. She has taken private bookbinding lessons and undertaken research on historical book models.
Stahlecker lectures and conducts workshops throughout the United States. Her work is in numerous public and private collections and has been exhibited in international and national exhibitions. She holds a BFA from the University of South Dakota and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.