About this piece:
It is said, “The missionaries went to Hawaii to do good, and did very well” – for themselves. Many of the early missionaries to Hawaii were from New England, the first arrived in 1820 from Boston and the second in 1823 from New Haven, CT. Maps of these cities and a wide variety of Hawaiian imagery are juxtaposed throughout the structure. The Hawaiian images include native birds, plants, crafts, landscapes, and maps as well as references to other later immigrants to the islands. While referencing historical issues, the book is intended to be visually appealing and fun to examine.
paper, thread, ink
About the artist:
Marcia Watt is a former preservation librarian and rare book cataloger, now a calligrapher and book artist living in Georgia. She enjoys travel to China and Hawaii and finds inspiration for her work in both locations. She teaches a variety of book arts including, paper making, western paper marbling, suminagashi, calligraphy, and simple book structures. She has curated exhibits at Sterling Memorial Library at Yale, Woodruff Library at Emory, and at the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at Georgia Tech. In 2014 her work won 3rd place at the Nantong International Contemporary Craft Biennial.
I was Head of Library Preservation at both Yale and Emory Universities. I also taught library preservation at Southern Connecticut State University.