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The Tiny Book Briefcase Library
The Tiny books are housed in my dear father-in-law’s old briefcase, made redundant in his retirement. The Briefcase Library has been adapted for Tiny Books storage. I like to think of all the stories kept safe here. He did love to tell a story!
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The Tiny Book Collaboration is a Collaborative Book Arts Project
It is an exercise in trust – Books are sent out and books return. Your work will be cherished and protected in the Briefcase Library
It is an exercise in optimism – we will be here for many years to continue the project and see it completed.
It is an exercise in patience, and the slow flow of days – Tiny Books travel Snail mail style. Love a treasure arriving in the post!
It is an exercise in curiosity – what will your contribution add to the shared creative space? What will be learned about us by viewers in the future?
It is an exercise in perseverence – Let’s keep going, staying in the process and staying in the present.
It is an exercise in the belief that, over time, every thing, however small, contributes to something greater than the sum of its parts. Love that.
The Origins of Tiny Book Collaboration – a book art project develops
As artists and makers, interactions with people can be the most rewarding, interesting and inspiring part of the creative process.
As an artist, this realisation developed over many years for me. A Bivariate Map was made in 2009 as my final piece toward an MA Fine Art. The people I met and talked to during the process of its realisation were important. These interactions added meaning to the work. The finished work was on display for one week. Its assembly and destruction took on added significance because of the connections made in a fixed window of time. Like a piece of music or a performance, if you weren’t there, you missed it. I like that impermanence.
I wanted to explore the connections that A Bivarite Map had offered up. In the installation project Medium Memory, visitors were invited to contribute directly to the work. Each generously contributed memory became an integral part of a whole. The work would not exist without these contributions. The physical elements were considered and constructed with care, but Medium Memory would be incomplete without a relational contribution from visitors. The stuff the piece is made of – its medium – is memories. I love this definition from the Tate about the aesthetics of relational working:
A set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space
He saw artists as facilitators rather than makers and regarded art as information exchanged between the artist and the viewers. The artist, in this sense, gives audiences access to power and the means to change the world.”
Copyright and Moral rights always stays with the artist.
The important thing about the Tiny Book Collaboration is its collective nature, so any one contribution carries less meaning as an individual contribution than in its place as part of a whole collection. It is a collection of books, yes. It is also a collection optimism, trust, connection, and generosity. The rights to the work as a collection are owned by me, Hope Fitzgerald. I commit to keeping your contribution and your personal details stored safely, responsibly and to the best of my ability. Accidental damage will not be compensated. Your book will be treated as one part of a whole once it is in the Library. Your book can not be returned to you and is a permanent contribution. Copyright stays with the artist and will always be attributed when shared or used in any way. Contributors sharing their work agree to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
All work contributed to the Tiny Book Collaboration is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.