One Bridge, One River, One Year
One Bridge, One River, One Year is a visual diary of the Mississippi River. The vantage point is the west side of the river looking east toward the bridge that
connects Boom Island to Nicolett Island in Minnesota. One photo per day was taken. From page to page, the passage of time (one year) is recorded. Seasons shift
subtly, and sometimes abruptly. Life on the river: passing boats, geese, the wind, the weather, the flow. All perfect daily meditations before heading to
the paper studio’s “flow.” Cover: handmade flax. Text pages: pulp-painted cotton, embedded photos on tissue. Binding: long stitch. 9.25 x 6 x 8 inches,
23.5 x 15 x 20.5 centimeters. Created 2009.
Bridget O’Malley is the co-owner and production manager of Cave Paper Inc., a small paper mill specializing in quality handmade papers. Her interests
are many and include artists’ books, printmaking, bookbinding, and photography. She received a MA and MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa. While
there, she met Timothy Barrett (director of the University of Iowa Center for the Book Research and Production Paper Facilities) and became his first apprentice.
She completed a five-year apprenticeship in 1994. She considers herself to be very lucky that she is able to make paper nearly every day. She has exhibited her
artwork nationally and internationally. She currently teaches papermaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and teaches book arts workshops to students
of all ages. Website at www.cavepaper.com