September 12, 2012

Screen printed handbound books, turban silk

In the spring of 2010 I created an artist book-memoir about traveling to and returning to Afghanistan, titled I Count the Days.  The text, accompanied by a series of silk screen-printed images and Persian miniature-inspired borders, explores the experience of being a young non-military woman in Afghanistan, first in 2004 and a second time in 2010.  Because I had the opportunity to meet women, girls, and families from a very rural and conservative community, I was able, in this memoir to show a part of Afghan life typically hidden from outside eyes.  The original book is hand screen-printed on tea-dyed paper and bound using a two-needle Coptic binding.  The covers are Afghan turban silk.