About this piece:
For this piece I wanted to illustrate the romantic idea of the red thread of fate binding two people together, regardless of time or circumstance or obstacle. The text is handwritten, supporting the personal, intimate nature of the poem. The pages of translucent paper provide a luminous, fragile symbolism while also suggesting the Eastern origins of the myth itself. A line of silk thread winds its way through the piece, adding its own narrative touch. The book is lightweight—ethereal and poignant in the way of memory—and easily held in the hand.
This work was inspired by the East Asian legend regarding the “red thread of fate,” whereby those that are destined to meet are bound by a red cord. Paul Brinkley-Rogers, whose memoir Please Enjoy Your Happiness first introduced me to this concept, writes that the cord “may stretch or tangle, but never break.” Reading his particular love story prompted me to interpret my own red thread tale in artist’s book form.
paper, ink, silk thread, paint, wood
About the artist:
Carrie is a visual artist based in Hoquiam, Washington. During her education at Whitman College she was introduced to Book Arts as a means of expression—a foundation that continues to influence all permutations of her art-making. Her artist’s books have been exhibited nationally, published in Lark Crafts 500 Handmade Books, Volume 2, and are held in various library collections. She recently completed a weeklong residency through Artsmith on Orcas Island, where she spent time honing content for new work, including this piece.