Legends Book

This book was inspired by the comforting nature of myths and legends. As a Ukrainian artist living and making in the US, revisiting my culture is a way to create my own contemporary myths about the country and to reconcile my current life with the things I miss, the things that are no longer there.

The book illustrates six Ukrainian legends about creation. It is written in Ukrainian and covers topics from creation of the sky and the moon, to the creation of tobacco and potato plants.

The imagery used is based on Ukrainian embroidery and decorative motifs. Ukrainian decorative motifs were used on clothing, books and household items as a protective, sacred element. Drop caps are in the typeface designed specifically for this book.

Handmade flax paper, digitally printed text, watercolor illustrations and embroidery on pages create layers of visual storytelling.