'They Tried to Bury Us'
They tried to bury us, but they didn't know we were seeds.
This book was inspired by the quote by Greek poet, Dinos Christianopoulos who said, "They tried to bury us, but they didn't know we were seeds." In the 1990s the proverb was translated into Spanish and used by the Zapatistas, an indigenous people's movement in Mexico fighting for sovereignty. "Quisieron enterrarnos, pero no sabían que éramos semillas."
The 13 pages of this book explore ways in which rights are taken away from people by those in power. The book reminds us of the story of a seed, that with a bit of sun and water, we will sprout when we are buried.
Inkjet printed in an open edition on recycled paper and sewn by hand. Covers are stained with recycled coffee grounds.
- Inkjet printed in an open edition
- Recycled paper
- Sewn by hand.
- Covers are stained with recycled coffee grounds.
Adjunct Professor, Bookbinding
Laura Rowley is a teaching book artist and founder of Illuminated Press which produces handmade artist's books and journals. She teaches bookbinding at RIT in addition to community classes. Laura is interested in how bookmaking can be used as a tool for personal and community empowerment. Laura utilizes the traditional processes of letterpress printing and hand bookbinding, while practicing contemporary graphic design.