Bookmarking Book Art – Frances Kiernan

Printmaker, photographer and book artist, Frances Kiernan is based in Richmond, UK.  I first saw her work in The Riverside Gallery exhibition (29 November 2014 – 14 February 2015).

All the Prints I Have Made, 2010
All the Prints I Have Made, 2010

… made from the discarded prints during 2010. Rather than destroy them I liked the idea of creating a new piece of work out of damaged and unwanted prints.
The book also serves as a reference to the different processes in printmaking.  (Kiernan)

All the Prints I Have Made, 2010 From "Artists' Books" exhibition at The Riverside Gallery, Richmond, UK 29 November 2014 - 14 February 2015
All the Prints I Have Made, 2010
From “Artists’ Books” exhibition
at The Riverside Gallery, Richmond, UK
29 November 2014 – 14 February 2015
All the Prints I Have Made, 2010 From "Artists' Books" exhibition at The Riverside Gallery, Richmond, UK 29 November 2014 - 14 February 2015
All the Prints I Have Made, 2010
From “Artists’ Books” exhibition
at The Riverside Gallery, Richmond, UK
29 November 2014 – 14 February 2015
All the Prints I Have Made, 2010 From "Artists' Books" exhibition at The Riverside Gallery, Richmond, UK 29 November 2014 - 14 February 2015
All the Prints I Have Made, 2010
From “Artists’ Books” exhibition
at The Riverside Gallery, Richmond, UK
29 November 2014 – 14 February 2015

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Like this flag book shown, her “Princess Caroline” series vaults over mere craftwork into indelible book art. Her work can be found in collections at the V&A, Kensington and Kew Palaces and the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi.

Beyond the Window windows filled with pencilled dreams Princess Caroline was a forward thinking woman with interests in politics, the arts and science. This book represents Caroline’s longing to go out into the world. We imagine her dreaming of a world beyond the window looking out to reach the marvels of the universe. The book was placed in a compartment in the Cabinet of Curiosities. The compartment was lined with mirrors so that the windows appear to be never ending and to help convey how her dreams could never be attained. She contented herself with collecting curiosities that the men brought back from their travels. The windows of this concertina book are handcut. The window panes are covered with Matsuo kozo paper that have been screenprinted from pencil drawings to reflect her dreams. The ‘Maru-chitsu’ wraparound case is screen printed onto bookcloth and can be closed with a Japanese bone clasp. Book commission for the Enchanted Palace Exhibition at Kensington Palace 2010/11.
Beyond the Window
windows filled with pencilled dreams
Princess Caroline was a forward thinking woman with interests in politics, the arts and science. This book represents Caroline’s longing to go out into the world. We imagine her dreaming of a world beyond the window looking out to reach the marvels of the universe. The book was placed in a compartment in the Cabinet of Curiosities. The compartment was lined with mirrors so that the windows appear to be never ending and to help convey how her dreams could never be attained. She contented herself with collecting curiosities that the men brought back from their travels.
The windows of this concertina book are handcut. The window panes are covered with Matsuo kozo paper that have been screenprinted from pencil drawings to reflect her dreams. The ‘Maru-chitsu’ wraparound case is screen printed onto bookcloth and can be closed with a Japanese bone clasp.
Book commission for the Enchanted Palace Exhibition at Kensington Palace 2010/11.

See more of Frances Kiernan’s work here.