Rasa Book Project In India the term, Rasa, translates as “the essence of a thing,” and is associated with the delight a viewer experiences when in the presence of an artwork. I consider this creation a "book" as it invites the viewer to turn the pages to reveal images and designs as well as touch and smell the surface materials. Mounted on a wall the book's pages hang like large sheets from wooden dowels. The book opens from either end and the center page is essentially the opening of a large flower created from individually dyed petal shaped papers.
Studio images: The process of creating the Rasa Book involved working with natural dyes (indigo, turmeric, and other vegetable colors) and materials brought back from India. While traveling in India with a student group from Otterbein University I was introduced to methods of dyeing and printing on textiles and paper during workshops organized by the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi. I adopted some of these methods in my studio work - dyeing cotton sheets and papers as well as using wax resist on materials to create patterns.