Ways to be Water
Book Design, Typography
This book is based on an interview I conducted with artist Emily McIlroy. McIlroy has experienced the tragedy of losing both her twin brother and her mother. In this interview, she shares her story of loss, pain, and acceptance.
In the design, and through the form of the book, water is used as a metaphor to reflect McIlroy’s deeply personal account of loss. The experience of grief and bereavement is a nonlinear, individual, and unique process. Like water, it often changes forms, cycling and recycling through different configurations, as it takes on new shapes in our external and internal landscapes. The book is double-sided, with sculptural folds in the center of the spreads. One side of the book contains McIlroy's story, while the other explores corresponding stages of grief and healing.