winter stayed late
Hand felted wool, raw Icelandic locks, inkjet printed handmade cotton paper, pins, hemp twine, marionette stab binding.
Unique handmade book, 2014
The use of hand felted wool as the primary material in this book makes reference to the Burial in Woollen Acts 1666 – 1680 of the Parliament of England. Text printed onto handmade cotton paper is caringly pinned onto each felted wool, blanket-like page. The narrative describes the hopeful expectation of a new baby with the coming spring, and the soon to follow miscarriage that leaves only the expectation of spring. The repetition of the line “winter came early and stayed late” signifies the monotony of winter that continues on unknowingly and without feeling. The few words demonstrate the quiet pain surrounding miscarriage.
Inkjet printed silk, inkjet printed silk organza, Rives Artist 170gsm, Skivertek. edition of 12.
A family history of Alzheimer’s disease is represented by the repeated use of a single image in the book Telling Time. The photograph is that of a mother and her two children smiling as they are posed in a boat that rests on the shore. They are enjoying a warm summer day at the beach, a day to remember. The image, which is printed onto silk organza, slowly fades to white as each page is lifted until it eventually disappears completely. Thus, the memory is lost. The text is minimal but poignant, referring to the inability to read time on an analog clock, an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease.
The text reads:
it was telling time that had become so difficult
and then there were the other things
Flag book. Ink jet printed BFK 280 gsm, ink jet printed mulberry, decorative paper, Japanese mohair silk bookcloth. 8 ¾" x 2 ½" x 5/8" closed, 8 ¾" x 7" x 2 ½" open. Edition of 20. 2016.
The central image of this book is a pastel drawing of a quiet canal in Venice. This serene scene is fragmented by the flags with text from Act 3 Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice which is printed on the backs. The lines were originally spoken by the two characters Tubal and Shylock, but in this book they are used as the words and thoughts of only one person, someone in search of a girl. The text, in contrasting fonts and colors, indicates both an aside spoken to the viewer and a thoughtful soliloquy. Desperate pleas for news of the missing girl is printed on the inside covers. An image of Rialto Bridge taken from a souvenir shopping bag is embedded into the front cover. The book is held closed by a ribbon closure.