Under our title The Eloquent Fold Phiona Richards and I collaborated together during Transported Open Book strand and created three sculptural structures which are a play on a conventional bird table.
To make the word houses we salvaged old, distressed dolls houses to conjure up memories of childhood, to inspire, intrigue and remind people that books are an invitation explore to many rooms, many worlds. Each word table has been collaged with book papers and maps, from old and unloved books, books which were heading for the landfill. I made a set of blue and mauve bird prints and Phiona transformed them into a collection of small, exquisite book sculptures to place in and on the word tables. Two of the word tables have small sets of shelves made from hand-sized classic hardback books. There are also tiny painted houses and the plates that made the prints are in pairs on wire ovals and hang from corners of each word table, casting a fluttering of bird shadows.
Spalding Library Word Table
Long Sutton LibraryWord Table
Crowland Library Word Table
You can see details of the finished Word Tables here
Now that our Transported Open Book adventure is at an end The Eloquent Fold would love to come and enliven, up-cycle, engage with your community, library, gallery, interesting space so please do not hesitate to contact us!
Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme which aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities, funded by Creative People and Places from Arts Council England. For more information visit www.transportedart.com.