About this piece:
Origins was created in response to a challenge fellow artist Lori Sams put forth to support a Main Street business in our small town. We were asked to pick out a book at the Pendleton Book Company, then create an artwork in response. A book on basic Origami caught my eye and spurred me to practice making paper cranes, even though the traditional crane wasn’t featured in the book. In doing some reading about the history and folklore surrounding the folding of 1000 paper cranes in Japanese culture, I was inspired to write a bit of prose exploring the idea of reversal of fortunes and the limitless possibilities of the blank page. Processes used include pressure printing with vintage carbon paper from collagraph plate, pochoir, and silk screen. Bound in a traditional four-hole Japanese stab binding.
Designed to be displayed sitting on the spine with the left and right accordion-folded pages extended.
paper, book cloth, thread
About the artist:
Lives and works in Pendleton, Oregon, United States.
Roberta Lavadour has been exhibiting artist’s books and design bindings for more than 20 years. Her work is fueled by a rampant curiosity, leading her to explore structures, mark making methods and other book arts pursuits. Her books are sparked by everything from thrift store finds to a longing to understand her family history. She’s been recognized at an Honored Artist of Eastern Oregon by the Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council and with an Oregon Arts Commission Artist’s Fellowship. Her work resides in public and private collections across the U.S. and in several international venues.