Hopewell, NJ: Sans Serif Studio, 2015. Paperback. Limited to 150 unnumbered copies. An artist and a professor of art, Nell Battle Booker Sonnemann became deeply interested in fiber, fabric, and appliqué during the last three decades of her life. She was particularly intrigued by appliqué techniques used in Third and Fourth World countries, but found that little scholarship and very few photos documenting this area of study existed. She took it upon herself to investigate further, to travel around the world, and to commission others to travel for her when her health began to fail. This collection of twelve journals include photographs, research, and anecdotes from her (and her friends') travels into the Canadian arctic, Syria, Egypt, the Peruvian Amazon, India, Indonesia, Finland, Bhutan, Tibet, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Panama, Japan, Senegal, Nigeria, and Palestine. The introductory booklet includes three essays: a background on the project and how Nell came to it, a biography and remembrance of Nell, and an essay by Nell herself. She writes: "My search was an adventure, and from the beginning the joy in telling the story has been at odds with my sense of duty to my graduate training in bibliography and research. Now I know that, for better or worse, 'Wings of a Ragtag Quest' has been just this - playing - and that is what it wants to be." All twelve volumes are bound in side-stapled illustrated paper wrappers and are housed in a grey box. Digitally printed. Each copy has a different piece of cloth appliqué extending out of the box. The box measures 10 x 7 x 4 inches and is titled in printed cloth on one side. ARTB/010218. Fine.
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