In the second and final year at North Bennet Street School all students are given the same book in sheets (known as a set book) to complete as a fine binding. Given complete freedom over the materials and design, the inspiration should be derived from the set book. This year we bound copies of The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin.
My main inspiration came from an Aboriginal painting depicting imagery referred to as Dreaming. At the moment a mother is conscience of conception, the unborn child receives the spirit of a totemic ancestor connected with the location when awareness occurred. In a general sense, the Dreaming relates to a period before the memory of living creatures, during the time of the creator ancestors and supernatural beings. The paintings themselves are visual representations of the artist’s individual spiritual beliefs.