Joanna Robson

Joanna Robson

How did you become involved in artist’s books?

I became involved with artists’ books during studying for my MA in Authorial Illustration at University College Falmouth.  I was interested in the idea of telling stories within a single picture, and as the pictures I made grew increasingly wide to accommodate a narrative, so they evolved in to panoramic leporello books.  I began to combine this with etching and other printmaking techniques and soon I was making concertina books made from hand-cut etchings.  I found it a versatile medium in which to express stories and have been working with it ever since.

What is the focus of your practice?

The main focus of my practice is always wordless storytelling.  The stories are usually a little bit gothic in theme and rely on laser cut silhouettes to illustrate the narrative.

What are you working on at the moment?

Two new artist’s books are being worked on at the moment, one of which is a wordless re-telling of one of Robert Burns’ poems.  The other is a lesser-known folk tale, but is one that I’m really looking forward to working on in the months ahead.

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