Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.
paper, board, cloth, thread, found objects, watercolor
Artist Statement about work:
In this collaborative work we began A Conversation about issues that have shaped our lives. Using the same Artist’s Book Ideation Cards drawn as our guide, we fashioned each of our books alike to include personal statements, a word association list, and individual artwork using unfamiliar techniques. The fourth book invites the reader to join our conversation. The multi-section slip case using the colored wax resist paper houses the separate books as a single unit while it allows for random and non-sequential reading.
I referenced the ideation cards in my individual book to enhance the senses associated to the concept. For instance the single color in shades and tints of yellow (a primary and earth associated color) were used to unify words, text and imagery. The found text paper was woven for the cover and interior artwork to represent fragmented points in time combining to create a mosaic of broader understanding. My goal was to entice the reader to find the connections between the words and imagery and the visual and tactile work.
Amy Sproul collaborated with Carol Erickson and Vicki Bolen to create the Hedi Kyle multi-section slipcase to house four individual books that are bound using the modified hard cover pamphlet book of Barbara Tetenbaum. As a group, we made our linen book cloth and colored wax resist cover paper.
Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – single color; structure – multiple openings; image – extracted from a single image; technique – unfamiliar to you; layout – random or unplanned; text – found text; paper- handmade. Adjectives: issue-based , fragmented or mosaic , unconventional , non-sequential , ordinary or mundane
Amy Sproul lives and works in Placitas, New Mexico. In 1980 she graduated with a BA of Interior Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and spent the next 25 years practicing interior design. After leaving the field she developed a passion for paper making. Amy continues to make paper using nontraditional fibers which she has collected along with other plant materials. She incorporates these materials into her work. She also enjoys using her technical model building skills to explore a variety of book art structures. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of public spaces.