‘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)