Stray Birds Six



    © 2020
  • Dimensions (in inches): 7.7 x 6.3 x .9
  • Materials:paper, leather, copper, thread, book board
  • Collection of: private collection


Three panel structure, bound using a wire-edge technique with leather Lacunose on the outer covers and paper Lacunose on the inner pages, which carry the text.

Pictured here is one of three variants, produced in an ongoing series begun during the Covid-19 pandemic, when focusing on studio work was a challenge. Keeping my hands in the craft realm of my studio helped me regain the mental focus needed to continue working in the studio. Tagore's words provide a necessary break from a stressful series of events, allowing me to stay involved in this world rather than floundering in despair.

Taken from a collection of epigrams by Tagore, who was a Nobel Laureate for Literature in 1913 and considered by many to India's greatest poet. The book was written in Bengalese, then translated into English by Tagore in 1916. Pointed and pithy, many of these poems celebrate the natural world in a clear and concise way that I appreciate and have deemed worthy of creating custom housings for.

Stray Birds by Rabindrnoth Tagore, verse 231 © 1916 "Set the bird's wings with gold and it will never again soar in the sky.."