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Aaron Friend-Lettner

"I believe the books have their own ways of finding [collaborators]. My work is to be … available."


aaron friend-lettner


Aaron Friend-Lettner is an artist, photographer, writer, publisher. There is nothing he can't do. Aaron was at the helm of the project that is anglepoise. 

Purchase your copy of anglepoise at Daed’u Books https://www.aflaflafl.com/store/anglepoise 


Here is a glimpse into his remarkable mind ...

I’m an artist, among other things. I got an award in 2016 to publish a book called Doorways. This marked an entrance into book-making as a form of ritual and healing. The book is dedicated to the past for this reason.




Root first, then branch. I try to really feel the body, the language, the texture. Books are very much alive for me, so it’s all very sensuous. I make my way around a project in circles––like tuning a drum.

I walk a lot. I climb trees. And I read, listen to music, play cards. I’m a bit of a hermit, and so often my companion is silence. That’s when I feel the most … available. Inspiration for anglepoise came from the land. I wanted to honour the rivers and trees; the stones and sand; the muck. I was born here and I love this place very much.


a page from anglepoise 


Making anglepoise

anglepoise was a journey into Margot’s world; Oliver Schroer was a guide.

Margot was very trusting; she let me do all sorts of wacky things with her poems. She ok’d the final proofs but didn’t actually see the book in-hand until it was printed, so I was able to sneak in a surprise for her––rubbings of her favourite oak tree.

I believe the books have their own ways of finding [collaborators]. My work is to be … available. 

Margot’s writing is so visual; a lot of the cues were already in the text. The rest came from Elizabeth’s diaries: the font colour, handwriting, paintings. And from Oksana. I chose the binding style initially for its name, dos-à-dos (“back-to-back”). I saw Margot and Elizabeth walking the same shorelines on different sides of time, backs touching.

[Working with Hayley] felt like an apprenticeship. I learned a lot by studying Hayley’s work. She also helped me let the book go. That was hard to do. As for my practices … rest, ritual, revival. And always appreciation. Many hands touch these books––they’re filled with love.

anglepoise is syncretism. It was a lot of work to bring so many elements into balance. The book has a distinct Margotness ... playful and cryptic and curious. Reading her work is not always easy, or even comfortable; she goes right to the edges of nonsense. The beauty is a … way in.



Purchase your copy of anglepoise at Daed’u Books https://www.aflaflafl.com/store/anglepoise  


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