by Shelby Stringer
Heather Weston graduated from London's Camberwell College of Arts in 2000 with a MA in book arts. In 2002, she founded Bookery, a press for book arts and contemporary stationary. She did not find book arts through an academic route. She mentions, "I never really discovered printmaking in its pure form – I’ve always been on the periphery of printmaking, but love print in the wider sense, especially the written word as it can very powerfully deliver your creative intent. What drew me to art was a love of the combination of words and form and the vast array of ways to work with them in the book form."
ASU's Special Collections has four artist's book by Heather Weston. We had the opportunity to view a few during our trip. We happened to look at each of her works she cites that she is most proud of: A diction, Read (past, tense), and Paper Cut: Relief. Below is a quick slideshow containing photos obtained from Bookery's website.
I highly recommend looking at Heather's website, Bookery. She has wonderful stationary available. She also has descriptions for each of her artist's books that give each of her pieces more context. Below is a video of Heather sharing her work and how she was inspired to create. Her father ran the family business, a stationary business.
I’ve always been on the periphery of printmaking, but love print in the wider sense, especially the written word as it can very powerfully deliver your creative intent.
When I asked Heather about her favorite colors to work with, she mentioned that she works with "a lot of black, white, and red, almost by accident." In her stationary business, she utilizes brighter colors. She also works with leathers to create cases and other items, which are available in her stationary shop.
I asked her about favorite hobbies. Heather says, "I have recently discovered the joy of joy of growing my own vegetables." She loves nature and the outdoors. She is "fascinated by the interplay of food, health, and disease." She reads "an awful about that," jokingly commenting that she bores her friends to death with it.