Book Arts: 2011-2014

As an avid reader, I have always been attracted to the art of bookmaking. I have been lucky enough to study book arts at The Haytack Mountain School of Craft, where I discovered how to integrate digital laser cutting into books with hand stitched spines. The interplay between the power of technology and the power of the hand is central to my work in general, and I love the way that journey manifests in a book. Creating a book is orchestrating a very specific experience for a single viewer. Unfortunately these images and scans of these book do not fully replicate the process of reading, but they do allow you to meditate on surface of each page.

The photo above shows some of the many handmade sketchbooks I have made over the years

Needle in the Haystack

I created this book during a two week workshop at The Haytack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, ME during he summer of 2014. The focus of the class was on the stitch, and this was my final project. The images in the book are derived from photographs of Haystack's beautiful campus, and were laser cut from various fabrics. Those delicate, almost lace-like layers were then stitched onto the page and then hand embroidered. I stitched directly into the cotton rag paper, so that on the verso, all the various lines of connection between each stitch are visible. This piece is an ode to place and texture.

The Episodes

This book was created at The Haytack Mountain School of Craft during the summer of 2011. There I took an amazing workshop with Rebecca Goodale on book arts. For my final project, I wanted to create an edition of three of a book inspired by James Joyce's Ulysses. I made use of the text from the schemata (an informative list that Joyce created to guide viewers across the chapters of his text). Once scanned, I edited it so that it could be laser cut onto paper. The paper was damp when I put it into the machine, so the edges were merely seared by the extreme heat. This raw edge was complimented by cyanotype images that I printed and then toned in tea. The negatives for these photographs were from scans of knots that I created. Every knot reflected some element of that chapter in Joyce's novel.

Ground Glass Appearance, By Hadley Roach

This was one of my first investigations in producing an edition of ten. This piece was a collaboration with a friend of mine for her final poetry thesis in 2011. I created six scans of my hands and feet and then used the images to create cyanotypes on paper. I then toned the naturally blue cyanotype to a purple hue and assembled them with the poems from her collection.

The above image is a contact sheet of all the cyanotypes created for the book.