Barb Hawes, “The Rewrite Project 2012 Chapbook”

Front cover showing the five different cover colors.


Opening the cover from the right to the left reveals a short summary of the project, on the right side, and the participants, on the left side.


Opening the left panel, unfolding it to the right, reveals the title page of one poem selected for the project. The project summary remains displayed on the right panel. The left panel contains information about the funding and production of the book.


Unfolding the left panel, again to the right, reveals the title pages for the original three poems selected. Beneath the title pages, the complete text of each rewrite appears in chronological order (4 pages in each section). The reader can browse the poems chronologically or by author. The project summary remains visible on the right-most panel.


A view from the back of the opened book displays (from left to right) the funding/production information, the list of participants, the back cover of the closed book, and the front cover of the book. The edition information and knotted design are hand-drawn in colored pencil by the artist.


Artist: Barb Hawes (Marshall, MN)

Title: The Rewrite Project 2012 Chapbook (2012)

Medium/technique(s): handset, printed on a Vandercook press, stab binding

Edition size: 49

Number of pages: 12

Dimensions, open: 8″ x 24 6/16″ x 1/16″

Dimensions, closed: 8″ x 6″ x 3/16″


Artist Statement:

Barb Hawes is inspired by old herbals, illuminated manuscripts, and architectural embellishments — the things that William Morris describes as “The Lesser Arts”. In her black and white drawings, she seeks to merge small things into a grand design. The book form allows her to add the element of time, unfolding, to this vision.

Her first book, self-published in an edition of 20, presented a how-to-knit lesson within a moral story using the graphic novel format. The Rewrite Project is her second book. It seeks to reflect the process that she and two other aspiring writers went through during a summer writing project. Her third book, funded by a Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Emerging Artist grant, will be a visual and poetic exploration of six works of art that shaped her aesthetic vision.

The common element in all of these projects is how the book form enables her to invite the viewer to interact with her art. Her belief is that art first captures the viewer’s attention, then challenges their expectations, and finally gives them a place to pause in the hectic pace of the modern world.