Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary


Swarthmore College, 2019


UCDA 50th Annual Design Competition, Award of Excellence

DNA Paris Design Awards 2020, Honorable Mention

Indigo Awards 2020, Silver Prize in Book Design

Swarthmore College's Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary brought together book artists and members of Philadelphia’s Iraqi and Syrian refugee communities to create artists’ books that amplify personal narratives of displacement, immigration, and sanctuary. Working in partnership with the immigrant and refugee service organization Nationalities Service Center, Swarthmore invited groups of refugees to work with three book artists and participate in multi-day workshops designed to provide access to new creative tools, and to explore various aspects of visual storytelling, artistic expression, and craft. 

GDLOFT created a catalog that documents the process and progress of the project and the artistic work. The book structure attempts to reflect issues of displacement and immigration by melding two books (stories) into one. The book(s) shares a common cover while housing two book blocks. Translated in both English and Arabic languages, the design attempts to express the experience of finding commonalities and differences akin to the refugee experience through design and layout.

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