hey, rose sanderson, your bugs and butterflies on books are ace

A friend the other day asked me why I don’t write about books on the blog. Well, I said… While I was writing the novel and studying for my MA, I lost my lifelong love of reading. At the time it was quite distressing. And though Sensai told me I’d get it back, I didn’t believe him. For more than a year, I would pick up a book, read the first few lines and feel, well, nothing. No excitement. No joy. There was certainly no possibility of escapism. I mourned.

Skip to another recent conversation. This one by email. I’m being interviewed. The question that sticks? My current favourite read is… Hmmmm… Dial me back to 2006 and I would’ve had a list as long as a Joycean paragraph, but up until recently all I could do is look at the fifty or so books on my shelves that remain unread (yes, I kept on buying…) and sweat.

Sensai, however, has turned out to be right. I’m tortoise-ing my way back between the pages. Which is great because I can’t paint (poet. knew it.) like Rose Sanderson. Aren’t these pieces both an ingenious reuse of old books and very, very beautiful?

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More art and illustration here and here and here.

Images courtesy of Rose Sanderson

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