Helen Douglas, LEAVES passing, Weproductions, 2015. 23cm x 13.5cm, 24 pages. Printed colour digital dryprint on Mohawk Ultrawhite 148gsms. Black card cover embossed title. Hand stitched. Edition 80. Price £25.
Leaves glide across the page, on top and within the dark water of the Yarrow. Each leaf is distinct as in still life, yet each is in motion: passing by in a moment of never to be repeated configuration and dance with others.
Helen Douglas, BRIDGE LINE, Weproductions, 2015. 15.5cm x 11cm, 12pp. Printed colour digital dryprint on Mohawk Ultrawhite 148gsms. White card cover. Hand stitched. Edition 100. Price £6.
In Mexico: in the garden of Edward James
Helen Douglas, In Mexico: in the garden of Edward James, 2014. 145x145mm double sided concertina, 92 pp in full colour, printed offset, with green foiled card covers. Edition 500, Price £30. ISBN 978 0 9550987 3 4.
This concertina opens in vibrant colour to reveal in progressive spreads of two, four and six pages a rich sensory exploration of Edward James’ surreal jungle garden Las Posaz, in Mexico. Lush vegetation intertwines with the constructed buildings and staircases of James' imagination and with Douglas' own, in experiencing this garden and the rich culture of Mexico.
Within the book the abundant garden is interwoven on the page with decorative threads from Mexican embroidery and feather work. Patterns of leaves are echoed by cut paper craft whilst the delicate encrustation of flora and fauna is enriched with ancient Indian beadwork.
With the unfolding pages, from ground to tree tops, the viewer can ascend with the staircases and flit with the butterflies of the garden, suspending gravity and disbelief, venturing through gates and windows to boughs and fern vaults in the sky. And in so doing experience, within the small intimacy of book, something of the unfolding immensity of the garden and its timeless fusion of earth and paradise, real and surreal.
Rab Wilson, Helen Douglas HAIRST, published by Friends of Ettrick School & Weproductions, 2015. 48pp, 115 x 225mm, Edition 500 Retail £12, ISBN 978-0-9550987-0-3
This slim elegant book HAIRST combines poems by Rab Wilson, written while on the first James Hogg Creative Residency in Ettrick valley, with images by Helen Douglas. Poems and image conjur a sense of place, its landscape and community shaped by sheep farming and the invading forestry, bringing to the page this unique part of the Scottish Borders.
"The James Hogg Residency brought the eyes and ears of a living poet back to all our doorsteps. Captured in this slim volume and coupled with moving images created by Helen Douglas, Rab uses the power of words and of poetry to reconnect us to the power of places we love, to see the familiar with fresh eyes, to meet our forebears and to shine a light on the way we live now. He was inspired." Duke of Buccleuch