A university project of mine which was awarded a Bronze Award in the 2012 Best Awards.
Fairy Shot and Thunderstone follows the evolution of the axe from tool to weapon to artifact. The book is a satirical collection of imagery and articles. It explores the axe’s role in colonial history with specific New Zealand examples, its role in deforestation and its transformation from tool to murder weapon. Fairy Shot and Thunderstone explores the history of the axe as a lost artifact and the myths and legends associated with the first rediscoveries of the cavemen’s axe. The book calls into question the longevity and lifespan of an object and how some of our ‘modern’ objects will translate to future generations. Fairy Shot and Thunderstone becomes a book not about an object, but a comment on history and how artifacts translate through time. It is a design exploration into mixed content and playful layouts.