Type of book work: Editioned / printed work
Artist's / designer's statements
The project was designed to involve staff and students from the Departments of Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Visual Art over a period of time in order to test the viability of a united book project across disciplines and years.
The project was loosely based on the theme of dichotomy which could underpin any aspect of conception, design and / or content. It soon became clear that pop-up and other engineered structures would accompany the various printed images to create an experiential and haptic book encounter.
Christa, a pop-up aficionado, produced a 2-page pop-up sequence. On one, a maelstrom of birds (both caught up in as well as the cause) give way to a set of flower heads which are formed from the birds' shapes, which rise up when the next page is opened. Martin produced a drawn and engineered pop-up structure which resembles a mouth of multiple parts. David, who has an 'inordinate fondness for beetles' produced a multi-print gate-fold opening which reveals a pop-up beetle and laser-cut cocoon. Ashton produced a pop-up flower derived from intricate pen drawings by Eugene Hon found elsewhere on the exhibition. Christa and Martin produced much of the laser cutting, the final cover board design and the book's binding.