about this piece
“Winter Feathers” is one volume in an ongoing series that compares the narrator’s behavior in romantic encounters to behavior she has observed in birds. The series explores themes of belonging, attraction, and the weight of expectations we place on each other. This series is non-fiction, written by the artist as a way to examine the patterns that occur in her past relationships. The series is a collection of moments of insight, handled with a blend of humor and pathos. Papers are produced by the artist and made from abaca, cotton, kozo, and banana fiber. This copy includes letterpress printed pages. “Winter Feathers” is a tunnel book, made of five hand-cut windows. Hardcover with cloth. All text and illustrations are by the artist.
handmade paper, cloth covers, letterpress printing
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.