A submission for the RE:experimental book exhibition curated by www.weloveyourbooks.com at University of Northampton. Artists were invited to choose a word beginning with 're' and make a bookwork based on it. 


Received, With Thanks (a modern-day Receipt Book)
Received, With Thanks (a modern-day Receipt Book)
Received, With Thanks (a modern-day Receipt Book)
Received, With Thanks (a modern-day Receipt Book)




















Once upon a time, women owned, or wrote, receipt books - or recipe books (from the Latin recipere: to receive or take) – which were passed down through the maternal line over generations, preserving family traditions and passing on common wisdom. They commonly held 100 entries, inc. recipes, treatments and mottos. I had an idea some time ago to create a receipt book filled in with all the good and bad qualities I acquired from family, friends and partners. 
   
My bookwork has brought the two concepts together, to encompass acknowledgements of qualities I inherited, learned and otherwise aquired from birth to my 50th year. The dates on the receipts relate to the entry: when I feel I aquired, learned or applied it. My 50th birthday is used as a general date to denote realisations gained with age and maturity.    
   
With 100 entries, the modern-day Receipt Book relates to becoming an adult: recoginition that life is a series of exchanges; what we receive we invariable give back, and in having gratitude for life. ‘Common wisdom’ comes through in realising life encompasses the good and the bad. The content has a confessional quality, but rather than being self-absorbed, or ponderous it briskly moves as a kind of train of thought, of self-reflection that spans a lifetime.