the White space
White is colour of Beginnings. It represents the space of the blank white page. We enter it when we embrace beginnings and enter the unknown. Like a thick fog, we must tread carefully to find our way forward. Its uncertainties can be frightening, but if we choose to face them, we will find infinite potential.
THE white Calligraphic manuscript
On the 28th of October, 2011, I put pen to paper on the first blank white page of a beautiful white notebook I had found in Japan one year before. When I started writing the White book in New York, it was not 'On the Beginning'. It was truly the beginning for me.
the white Book
In 2012, I began publishing my Calligraphic Manuscripts, translating their handwritten words into print. The first book was a transcription of White, published as The White Book. The White Book is a manifesto written for life. Its poetic fragments take on the complexity of our current condition. It urges us to move beyond the structures which are no longer serving us by braving the uncertainty of new beginnings. Beginnings are fragile. It requires an immense amount of trust and patience to overcome the doubts and criticisms that such changes inevitably bring. The White Book is a call to embrace all this and enter unknown with courage. So far, The White Book has been printed in English (2012), and Danish (2013).
2012, The White Book - On the Beginning.
Helene Lundbye Petersen, The White Book, 2012, Book, English, 120 pages. Published by WhitePageProject, printed by Lightning Source, UK, US. 12.7 x 20.32 cm.First Edition.
2013, Den Hvide Bog
Helene Lundbye Petersen, Den Hvide Bog, 2013, Book, Danish, 120 pages. Published by WhitePageProject, printed by Lightning Source, UK, US. 5 x 8 inches / 12.7 x 20.32 cm. First Edition.
ISBN 13: 978-879-95579-1-2
The White Book interventions
I wanted to connect it to the spaces, places and people that framed the book. When I received The White Book from print, I immediately wanted to elaborate on it. When I received The White Book from print, I immediately wanted to elaborate on it. This inspired my first Book Intervention, a series of black-ribboned books with black seals. I saw the ribbons like a pen on paper, though here they sealed the books that I would bring to special meetings. Each time a handed over a book, I performed a small ritual. I would place it on a surface with a personal note and take a photograph. From then on, it wasn’t mine any more. It was a way for me to pass on this White space that I had experienced to others. The space would become theirs when they broke the seal and opened the book.
After ed of 50 my work had evolved, and I started making smaller edition numbers, and the beginning was no longer an unknown fog, but an identified format.