About this piece:
My inspiration often comes from the patterns and colors of natural systems. The pages of Tide Journal are handmade, translucent abaca paper, separated into sections that are pigmented in various shades of turquoise and salmon to reference tidal cycles. The covers are copper treated with cupric nitrate to create a patina that suggests the weathering effect of salt water, and the exposure of the shore as a wave recedes. The book is bound with dyed and waxed linen thread, using an exposed coptic stitch sewn across the spine to emphasize the color and texture of the handmade paper.
paper, copper, thread
About the artist:
Karen Hardy is a visual artist based in Asheville, North Carolina. Her practice is centered on an experimental approach to materials, and is influenced by her background in the natural sciences. She uses innovative hand papermaking techniques and a variety of non-traditional materials in her artist books, sculpture, and installation. Her artist books are widely exhibited and held in collections across the country and abroad. Karen received an MFA in book arts & printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and currently teaches book arts at Western Carolina University.