Departures and Returns – Sandra Brownlee

Creator: Sandra Brownlee

Nominator: Prof. Robin E. Muller

Seconders: Dr. Sandra Alfoldy and Warren Seelig

Departures and Returns is a handmade book that was the centrepiece of an exhibition of the same name at the Mary E. Black Gallery in the autumn of 2009. Each of the 30 deluxe, handmade editions contains an original weaving by the artist in an envelope like endpaper. The book itself contains a six page centre leaf, the width of six pages, containing a photograph of her strip weavings. Individual pages are reminiscent of a child’s interactive picture book containing pages stitched with black thread, both delicate and detailed, as well as prints and texts that reflect her life as an artist and a human being. The deluxe edition is wrapped in a woven cover with facsimiles of the artist’s notebooks. With Sans Serif Studio she co-produced an additional 100 catalogue copies making the work more widely available.

Jury comments: “The Deluxe Edition is an elegant and personal book full of challenges and insights.”  “The exquisite craftsmanship of the book underlines the intimate artistic process but also provides the framework for the artworks included in it.”