By Melanie Mowinski
Cheshire, Massachusetts: Melanie Mowinski, 2013. Edition of 15.
3.25 x 5"; 12 panels of varying width sizes. Letterpress printed on painted papers. Woven accordion with pivoting panels. Numbered.
Melanie Mowinski: "Conspirare: Latin, verb. Meaning: to breathe together. Sometimes all a book needs is the right title. The images tell the story, and the title directs the experience. So how it went when making the book Conspirare. The book combines a simple accordion fold with pivoting panels and woven panels. Two birds form the pivoting panels. The words inhale and exhale are revealed when you play with the woven panels. The title evolved out of time spent deeply with friends, so near to each other that it was like we were breathing together. It plays on the modern word conspire – and while that word leans to the negative, it comes from a place of deep connection and togetherness, the essence of what this little book embodies."