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Australian National Library catalogue

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Last week I received the catalogue description below from Philip Jackson, curator of Printed Australiana at the National Library of Australia.

He purchased my book Blossom turns to Fruit for the library collection and has skillfully set out to describe it for their catalogue. My book was included in the Code X exhibition, curated by Terence Uren in conjunction with the Canberra Craft Bookbinders’ Guild Conference, at Craft ACT earlier this year. The cover of the beautifully produced catalogue designed by Avril Makula, is pictured above.

I am thrilled that my work has been chosen for the library’s collection and as an artist who works intuitively, it is fascinating to me to have the work described by a clear and observant mind. I am posting it here as you may enjoy Philip’s description too.

Codex entry

Here is the book above (photograph by Hilary Wardhaugh from Code X catalogue) and Philip’s description for the record follows below.

Blossom turns to fruit / Marama Warren

Bib ID 7341533
Warren, Marama, artist
Description [Milton, NSW] : Marama Warren, 2017
6 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 11 cm
Summary An artist’s book featuring digitally printed designs of fruit and seeds on archival Epson and handmade papers, joined to form a seed-shaped structure. The text reads: “Blossom turns to fruit, fruit turns to seed, seed turns to shoot and on again…” The artist notes, “I made this book as a form of therapy after my father died late last year. … Blossom Turns to Fruit is part of a series titled New Forms. I have been making books on this theme over the past six years to remind myself that nothing really dies — it just changes form. My life experience provides the content for my work and the inspiration, in this case, is my garden in the small country-town where I live.”
Notes Edition of 5 copies.

National Library’s copy is no. 1/5.

Binding Circular flower fold binding. Closed book takes the form of a quarter circle. Each folded page opens to a near full circle with floral kaleidoscopic images on one side and text added on the other. Front and back covers have white thread ties, which when joined make the book take on a ball-like shape. Quarter round slipcase made of board with hemp paper over seams, printed spine label, quarter round printed decorative onlay on front panel, and red thread ties with ininti seed ornaments.
Subjects Plants — Pictorial works.  |  Life cycles (Biology)  |  Artists’ books.  |  Australian
Exhibited Code X: Contemporary Fine Binding, Canberra 2017, presented in association with the 2017 Australian National Conference of Bookbinders at Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, Level 1 North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2600, 9 February – 25 March 2017.


One comment on “Australian National Library catalogue

  1. pearlbuttonbridal
    May 24, 2017

    How beautiful Marama!

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