Revealing the Secrets of the Natural World

Materials: lettering, natural fibre papers (banana; papyrus)

Technique: papermaking, calligraphy, concertina tunnel book construction

Size: 10cm (h) x 20cm (diameter)

Description: Hand-lettered inspirational quotes are written deep within a tunnel-book structure to symbolise the fact that we are frequently distracted by superficial issues, and thus find it hard to focus on the important facets of life. The circular star-book structure represents the continuity of life and the cycle of our emotional states.

Most people find great enjoyment when they venture outdoors – in their gardens, in a park, in bushland or in the untamed wilderness. Creating art is also a relaxing, enjoyable experience which allows us to reconnect with our inner consciousness. So the paper for the pages of this book was hand-made by the artist from natural fibres (banana and papyrus).

For the viewer, during times of stress, when you are unable to find time to escape into the wilderness of nature, just gaze into the depths of this book to find inspiration, and rekindle that sense of relaxation and renewal of spirit. 

Keep a green tree in your heart, and perhaps a singing bird will come (Chinese proverb)
Flow with the rhythm of nature, Blend with all there is around you
The only way to see a rainbow is to look through the rain
Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best (Henry Van Dyke)
Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience (Emerson)


Exhibited in “Revealed” at Brisbane Square Library in 2010.
Displayed at “Sculptural Books” in Smith Street Gallery in Melbourne, and Manly Library Artists’ Book Award in NSW in 2011
Exhibited in my solo exhibition “The Language of Nature I” exhibition at Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha in 2012 (read more information about this in my Residency Blog).
Printed in “Fibreline” (ATASDA) in 2012

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