About this piece:
The text in Mending is taken from a speech by New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern following the Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019.
Jacinda’s words and actions moved me to make this book as I focused on her imagery of and vision for a better world. This pop-up book is an object that embodies the spirit of healing in everyday life.
I was born in New Zealand and now live in New South Wales, Australia. My connections to New Zealand are strong.
The Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019 where 51 people died, had a big impact on me. So did the response by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Her words and actions make me feel proud to be a New Zealander and this book is dedicated to her.
The illustrations in Mending were created using black walnut ink and copper ink which I made myself following instructions from Jason Logan’s book Make Ink. I then doodled with the inks using a home-made cola pen to produce colours and shapes. Finally I manipulated these digitally to get the final results.
The theme of mending is carried through in the illustrations and stitching, with the pop-up centre springing to life on opening.
ink, goatskin, paper, thread
About the artist:
Lives and works in Shoalhaven, New South Wales, Australia
Marama Warren is an artist, writer and teacher who lives on the south coast of New South Wales. She finds inspiration the natural environment and in her dreams. arama runs workshops in Australia and New Zealand. Her art is collected, published and exhibited internationally.