Haiku Island Press is a new approach to publishing that engages creators from the first spark all the way to a final crafted object. The Press is the creative initiative of artists Tess Leak and book designer Orlagh O’Brien working in collaboration. Tess’s practice incorporates visual art, text, sound and music and is inspired by ‘the generosity of finding surprises’. Orlagh’s background is in graphic design and teaching with an ongoing interest in craft-printing, bookmaking and collaborative workshops.
In the winter of 2013, a group of Sherkin Islanders, initiated by Tess Leak, created a collection of haiku poems.
‘Arboretum’ is a collection of creative writings made with participants across three West Cork healthcare settings.
A poetry and book-making project which took place in the Department of Renal Medicine in Cork University Hospital.
Soundfields is the first collection of poems by ‘The Seisiun Poets’ – residents of Perrott House, West Cork.
Tess has exhibited her own work across West Cork and beyond, including the Sarah Walker Gallery.
“Blossoms” is a collection of Mairead Meade’s writing from a period of hospitalisation with mental illness in 1997.