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‘It all starts with a cover,’ says artist

Al­i­son Stock­marr of her beau­ti­ful book as­sem­blages. ‘The patina of the cloth – or leather if you’re lucky - along with the ty­pog­ra­phy are what re­ally in­spire me.’ Add to that an evoca­tive ti­tle, and an idea for an­other pic­ture book is born. Cel­e­brat­ing the nos­tal­gic in a dig­i­tal age, her pieces seek to cre­ate ‘3D nar­ra­tives of a by­gone age’.

Work­ing as a fash­ion de­signer for many years, Al­i­son later turned to col­laged tex­tile art and more re­cently to pa­per col­lage, yet an un­der­ly­ing fas­ci­na­tion with tex­ture and lay­er­ing borne from her fash­ion days can still be traced.

Once se­lected, Al­i­son cuts into the books to cre­ate aper­tures, open­ing up new fic­tional worlds that of­ten cen­tre around a sig­nif­i­cant line or quote within the pages. From here, she pro­ceeds to layer care­fully cho­sen pa­per ephemera in and around the frame to build up a whim­si­cal nar­ra­tive. ‘I use pho­to­graphs, post­cards, wrap­ping pa­per, old mag­a­zines – any­thing re­ally, but they need to have a cer­tain qual­ity,’ she says. Lim­ited prints of orig­i­nal pieces are avail­able from £70 for A4 and £180 for A2, with be­spoke pieces avail­able on re­quest. (al­ison­stock­marr.com)

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