"Memories don't last forever, so hold onto them tight." This was a phrase my grandfather Bryan would often say. Through this work I pay tribute to this phrase by creating my own memories and a personal archive from his images and words.
My project is based around the overlapping territories of archive and memory. The question was raised to me: what happens when you lose a loved one and their memories? How can we pay tribute to their legacy and life while we go on with ours? Through this book I have worked with the existing text of my grandfather's autobiography alongside archived images from his photo collection, literally highlighting moments where he honestly reflects on his life and how it has impacted him, his work, and those around him. Throughout the year I worked with incorporating screenprinting into my design work, the process of screenprinting was a way of translating these memories directly, working with color and repetition, to show the fragility of memory, how it is often imperfect and can be lost in the passage of time. These prints are combined with the complete pages from his autobiography scanned and reprinted at 150 percent. These pages are annotated with a semi-transparent sheet where I frame moments of personal importance: relationships with family and friends, events, and details of everyday life. In this way, I am able to both preserve memory, but also enliven it with a sense of our simultaneous connections to the past and a future.