Respecting Local Traditions & Telling a Personal Story with Bookinding – Angaea Cuna [Bookish Talk #20.2]

This is the second part of our talk with Angaea Cuna, a sculptor, designer, educator, and bookmaker who currently resides in Hawaii. In this episode, we talked more about respecting the local traditions, environment, and nature in book art and bookbinding. And also we discussed how Angaea presented her own immigrant’s story in an artist’s book that she wrote, designed, made photos for, and assembled on her own.

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00:00 – Beginning
00:53 – Angaea’s collection of bones for designing books
03:18 – Hi’iaka artist book with bone inlay into the spine, books with black paper
07:03 – Angaea’s thoughts about the tactile experience from the books while creating her designs and inspiration from nature and mythology
10:20 – More nature materials from antique stores and own garden
13:24 – Experiment with the full cycle of making paper from Ma’o – Hawaiian cotton without professional equipment
17:51 – Japanese binding book with dragons on paper and cover inspired by the Bakunawa – a serpent-like dragon in Philippine mythology
20:24 – Inspiration from videogames
23:55 – Musings about taking materials from nature and environmentally conscious
30:25 – Influence of Hawaiian nature and culture on Angaea’s art, a book about growing in America as an immigrant
32:56 – DNA-tests for ethnicity and genealogy

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