“Jelly” was first designed as an experiment in making tunnel books from handmade paper. The artist’s obsession with sea life (and tentacled creatures) was the point of departure for this book. The idea was to create depth and play with light and shadow, using only white paper to achieve illusions that might otherwise be created with color. The finished piece is monochromatic, constructed solely from white papers handmade by the artist. Made from cotton, abaca, and hemp, these papers are supple yet strong, and have a soft textured surface. Each of the six windows in “Jelly” is hand cut by the artist. Hardcover binding with drummed paper. Features an ink drawing on the cover.
Lauren Faulkenberry is a writer and book artist based in Whittier, North Carolina. A love of storytelling drives her work, often leading her to explore the points where shared mythologies and personal histories overlap. She incorporates hand paper-making, letterpress printing, woodcuts, linoleum block prints, and monoprinting techniques into her books. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally, and her books are held in Special Collections libraries in the U.S. and abroad. Her interests vary from artist books to limited editions to commercially-produced books. Her children’s alphabet book, “What Do Animals Do on the Weekend?” was published by Novello Festival Press in 2002. Lauren holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Georgia College and an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama. She currently divides her time between freelance writing and teaching workshops in the book arts, and produces handmade books under the imprint Firebrand Press.