Alisa Golden – Driftwood & Roots


© 2006

edition of 14

dimensions in inches: 6.25 x 5.75 x .75


about this piece

About this piece:

Driftwood and Roots are also the titles of the two impressionistic poems encompassing wreckage and healing: one about water, balance, and rebuilding, the other about movement, memory, and hope. Letterpress printed in teal and blue inks from handset metal type with seven linocuts of roots and driftwood printed in browns. Acrylic ink washes at the foot of each page, recto and verso. Japanese album accordion bound at the fore edge with dark green waxed linen roots. Cover has embroidered roots with inset of driftwood painted paper.

In 2006 we were remodeling and had moved out of our house temporarily. It was a good time to rethink as we were still grieving and healing from the loss of our young son in 2003. The feelings of being both connected to one another and drifting from our home were quite strong. I like the tactile quality of the tangled waxed linen roots and the surprise that they are at the fore edge, not the binding at the spine.


paper, ink, book cloth, acrylic ink, waxed linen thread

About the artist:

Alisa Golden is a writer, artist, editor, and educator living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of Making Handmade Books, among other instructional books, and her book art may be found in the Special Collections departments in libraries across the United States.

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Alisa Golden – Driftwood & Roots