About this piece:
Tribute explores the history of amate papermaking in Mexico and its intersection with amate makers in the present day. The text is inspired by the 1542 Codex Mendoza, an Aztec glyphic book that lists tributes demanded by the Aztec Empire from surrounding towns, including 32,000 sheets of amate a year. The text also draws from the author’s experience learning to make amate in the San Pablito, Mexico — the only place amate is still produced today. Lines running throughout the book represent the mountain ranges that tie together the past and present. The cover of Tribute is Alabama kozo (paper mulberry) bark paper that the author pounded by hand using methods learned in San Pablito. The back of the accordion features the names of present-day towns where amate may have once been made, according to the Codex Mendoza.
paper, ink, thread, cloth
About the artist:
Lives and works in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Jillian Sico is a printer, papermaker, and bookbinder pursuing an MFA in Book Arts at the University of Alabama. She received her BA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD in 2005 and her MA in Anthropology from the University of Georgia in 2013. Jillian lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and prints artist books under the name Frogsong Press.