Avon, CO: 2010. One of 10 copies, all on handmade abaca paper with string drawings embedded into the paper, each copy hand-numbered and signed by the artist, Helen Hiebert, and the poet, Carl Adamshick. Page size: 12 x 18 inches; 6 string drawings plus 1 page text with colophon. Bound: loose as issued in black cloth over boards clamshell box designed by Sandy Tilcock with Helen Hiebert's embedded string drawing on white paper laid into recess on front panel of box. Helen Hiebert's string drawings are in red as well as white string and were inspired by knot illustrations in The Ashley Book of Knots. Carl Adamshick's poem, "Similar Lives," was written specifically for this project and in response to Ms. Hiebert's art. The text is printed letterpress by Sandy Tilcock. The beautiful textured paper is the perfect backdrop for the drawings in string. Each verse of Carl Adamshick's poem is set off by a different knot (in red).
Helen Hiebert is an artist living and working near Vail, CO where her paper making studio is located. She creates installations, sculptures, and artist's books, weavings using her own paper. She is the author of four trade books on papermaking as well as a "how-to" film and was featured on Sesame Street making paper.
Carl Adamshick's debut book, CURSES AND WISHES was the 2010 winner of the Walt Whitman Award, the 2012 Stafford / Hall Oregon Book Award Winner, and he is the William Stafford poet-in-residence at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.
Ms. Hiebert's images - imbedded in her extraordinary paper - are visually intriguing and tactically stunning. They loop and weave through, around, and beyond the paper "margins" and reflect the text: "The secret wants / to hide within itself, / hold one end, draw the other / until it's gone..." and ... "They are like one thing / posing as two...". These string images are compelling, as is the text. The book is impeccably crafted and exemplifies Monroe Wheeler's definition of the "highest type of illustrated book" where it is "the joint work of author and artist who are contemporaries, working as in equal collaboration; inspired by similar feeling; approaching the same subject matter from opposite directions;" and deal "with it twice within the covers of one volume." Item #10734