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Book Art, the Zine created by Emma Stronach, delicately stitches together the often dispersed worlds of images and words.
Emma launched issue one of the Zine by reconstructing her old music class text book after having been inspired by the idea that books can be distorted in to works of art.
“There is a strange kind of pleasure that comes from taking an old book and transforming its pages into something else entirely.”
In an age of ever-increasing digitised media it is refreshing to see something that feels so ‘homemade’. The pages are etched with hand written quotations and layered with a withered hotchpotch of charming collage. The second volume of the Zine begins to merge poetry in to the existing framework.
“I put some poetry in there as a bit of a joke, my way of having a go at the zinester scenesters who think that poetry is lame. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of crap poetry out there, but I’m always wary of ruling anything out completely.”
This attitude of acceptance seems typical of the running theme throughout the Zine. Emma has taken mis-matched materials and mediums and turned them in to something original and beautiful
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. Emma’s career as an artist was fully launched in response to this legend.
“I began making Origami when I was ten. My family had a Japanese exchange student stay with us through the Rotary Exchange program. Her name was Mie. She told me the story of ‘Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes’, and showed me how to make them.” On being diagnosed with an immune systemic response to wheat and gluten, Emma decided to put the story to the test.
Emerald Arts sprung from the resulting mass of cranes produced. “Once I completed my thousand cranes I was at a bit of a loss as to what to do with them. I started suspending them from giant paper clips on fishing line, using beads as spacers.”
Emma began to sell both the cranes and educational origami sets at a market stall. This has rapidly expanded in to her own gallery and studio space with a strong focus on creating and teaching art for children.
“I imagine myself back in a time when there were fairies in the bottom of the garden and monsters under the bed and I make things that I would have loved back then.”