Ioana Stoian – The A-Z of Motherhood


© 2018
edition of 8
dimensions in inches: 7.5 x 11.75 x 2.25

The A-Z of Motherhood documents the beginning of a complex and colourful journey deep into my Self.

Within the pages of the book are 26 words that map the first two years of my new adventure. Each page of handmade paper is dyed with the colour that corresponds to its specific word. Segments of my ultrasound scans are engraved into the custom wood type, stamped into the surface of the handmade paper, symbolic of the fingerprints of a newborn baby recorded at birth. Titanium rods representing the internal mental and physical strength of a mother hold the binding together, forming not only the crown of the child, but also the soul of the mother. The sterling silver beads symbolize the cord both physical and spiritual that links us eternally to our child. The book is protected by a blanket cover made from Faribault Woolen Mills fabric, containing the narrative of this journey that began in Minnesota.


paper, board, cloth, titanium, silver, glue

About the artist:

Lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

Ioana Stoian is a British-born artist with a passion for paper.

Primarily working with her own hand-made paper, Ioana creates unique one-off pieces and has recently started producing editions of artist books. Her works contain a mysterious power that is captured within the fibres of the paper itself.

Ioana is currently based in Minneapolis [USA] and London [UK]. She is an active member of the IAPMA (International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists) and is the author of Origami For All – Elegant Designs from Simple Folds and The Origami Garden.


Ioana Stoian – The A-Z of Motherhood