Rhiannon Alpers – Dear Little Bones


© 2009
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 6 x 3 x 2



About this piece:

This one of a kind book explores the intimate relationship of siblings and caretaking through the metaphors of birds. There is an intrinsic desire to protect and keep safe the people we love most, especially when harms way intervenes unexpectedly. |The book and altered milkweed pod both fit into a handmade matchbox drawer. The book is a multi-panel accordion with stitched words on each page, made of layers of japanese paper to feel like feathers on the back and a found bird painting paper on the front side. The pod has been modified to open like a book with lace pages and small jars of bone fragments in the pod forms in between the sheets. |

Found bird painting postcard as base of altered bone book.Box cover is scrapbooking imagery.



milkweed pod, thread, handmade paper (sprayed pulp, kozo), found knob, paper,

Artists bio:

Rhiannon Alpers is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist. Her artwork explores the untenanted remnants of plant and animal life. Rhiannon’s work is entrenched in the history and visual sensibility of cabinets of curiosities and early natural history documentation. She has an MFA in Book & Paper Arts and a BA in Book Arts. In 2015 she received the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts Jurors’ Recognitions of Merit, and exhibited at the CODEX International Book Fair.

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Rhiannon Alpers – Dear Little Bones

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