Artists talking - Jane Hyslop

Jane Hyslop wrote to tell us about her Library of Lost Books experience:
"It was with great anticipation that I received my package from The Library of Lost Books.
What book had been chosen for me and how would I react? What if I found it completely uninspiring and difficult to work with?
The pressure of this and recording the ‘opening ceremony’ made for a thrilling moment.

I have to be honest and the immediate impression was underwhelming – a library catalogue with the plainest of covers. What could I make of what I imagined would be a seemingly endless list of books? Then I opened the book… it has true quality in the materials it is made of with a range of different papers, some of the pages have been carefully repaired at different times.

 It is richly decorated with botanical illustrations, a list of these features alongside information about donors to the Library, the layout of the library and finally the catalogue.
The book is stimulating on so many levels and I will find it difficult to narrow down what my approach will be. There are numerous options and the book deserves much study and investigation and so it is going to take me some time to decide how I will progress with the project."

Jane Hyslop, June 2012

The original book we sent to Jane

Jane responded to the book by making a beautiful book of botanical prints

Jane Hyslop's Australia

(photo credits Jane Hyslop and David Knight)

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