Short White Holes is an exploration of natural textures within the form of the book. Handmade wool felt cover echoes the burn holes of the book pages. In my new work, I am addressing the impermanence and perfection of the natural materials, beauty of decay and fragility of memory. The paper for this book was made by hand and dried on hot adobe walls. Felt cover was made from sheep’s wool and died with nettles.
handmade abaca paper, wool felt, thread
Katya Reka is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the NMSU Department of Art. Her work explores handmade and digital and integrates book arts, graphic design, printmaking, photography and textiles. Interested in the role and place of a physical book in the contemporary world, she combines handmade paper, stitching, traditional printmaking techniques with digital printing, video and interactive publications for digital tablets. Katya presents workshops and lectures on bookbinding, papermaking and experimental book arts and is a member of the College Book Arts Association and The International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists. She was a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Book Arts Fellowship for Emerging Book Artists and is showing her work both nationally and intern