Gandhi: Fighter Without a Sword

2010

Altered book, antique spool

9.25 x 4 x 4 inches

 

My Gandhi

2011

Altered book, antique spool

7.75 x 3 x 3 inches

 

Lead, Kindly Light: Gandhi and the Way to Peace

2012

Altered book, antique spool

10.25 x 4 x 4 inches

 

The Essential Gandhi

2012

Altered book, antique spool

8.25 x 4 x 4 inches

 

Gandhi on Non-violence

2012

Altered book, antique spool

5 x 3 x 3 inches

 

Past Masters: Gandhi

2012

Altered books, antique spool

7 x 1.75 x 1.75

 

In the late 1920s Gandhi proposed to liberate India from British rule through spinning. He believed that if the Indian people could spin their own cotton to make clothe instead of buying it from the British they could become self-sufficient. Although born of this desire to liberate his people from foreign rule, for Gandhi spinning also became a spiritual activity, a time to replenish his soul. Today many spinners find the process contemplative and calming, some even admit to meditating or praying while they spin.

 

This series of spun paper books attempts to reference this history; by finding books written about Gandhi and systematically spinning each page to make a continuous paper thread, the record of his life become intertwined with the spinning process. The title of each work is appropriated from the book used in its creation; currently this series includes Gandhi: Fighter Without a Sword and My Gandhi, with future titles to follow.