WE AXE FOR WHAT WE WANT by Gaada, Esther McManus, Up Helly Aa for Aa
145 x 210mm, 126 pages, two colour risograph printing onto various paper stocks, wiro-bound, edition of 300 copies, 2021
This 126 page riso and screenprinted publication is the outcome of Gaada's 2020/2021 visual arts progamme, Weemin's Wark. It contains Roseanne Watt’s commissioned text Lukkie Minnie’s Føy, content from the newly launched Up Helly Aa for Aa Archive, poetry by Amy Gear, Illustrations by Esther McManus, alongside work made by artists throughout Weemin’s Wark (including Holly Graham, Hannah Harkes, Isabel Greenberg and Brooke Palmieri AKA Camp Books).
As well as the publication, Gaada and Up Helly Aa for Aa have created a digital archive to document over 100 years of campaigning for gender equality in the island’s largest cultural festival – Lerwick Up Helly Aa. Some fragments of the archive have been reproduced in the book.
Limited edition of 300 copies. Designed by Esther McManus and printed in the Gaada workshop in Burra.