Charlottesville, VA: Virginia Arts of the Book Center, 2014. Number 15 of 20 copies. (20 additional copies were created and exchanged between the participants). This remarkable collaborative artists' book tells the tragic stories of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York City and the 2012 Tazreen Fashions Factory fire in Bangladesh through the powerful assemblage in a "sewing box" of artifacts and mementos ostensibly collected over three generations that document the two tragedies. From the introduction: "In creating the contents of this box, we decided we would create a story to convey some of our own notions about greed and the value of a human life, about women's changing roles at home and in the workplace and about the increasing distance between consumers and producers. ... We named our primary character Rosie ... Rosie, her sister Kate, niece Rose, grandniece Rachel, and great-grandniece Katya, and other associated with them are composites of other historical and invented characters. 'Notions' is best read through the objects and the stories we've imagined that gather around them. It is framed like a quilt--an assemblage of many small pieces that stitched together tell a human story about workers here and elsewhere, now and in the past, who sew the clothes we wear. It is also an artists' book that expresses some of our own notions about how and why we make art, and how and why we use art to explore our humanity and comment on the human condition." The 23 objects in the sewing box, each by different artists, include postcards, an embroidered shirtwaist collar, a jar of buttons with modern label, reprints of historic news articles about the fire, letterpress printed cards, a paper doll, quilted lace, a vintage photo, a sewing booklet, and numberous other art objects. The sewing box itself has a pair of scissors and an empty thread spool laid in along with the art objects. It is a Kraft papier mache box painted with red acrylic, wrapped with a giclée-printed band of advertising art, and lined with sewing pattern tissue; original art on lid is letterpress printed. It also includes a small book describing the history of the tragedies and each of the items in the collection inside the box. In fine condition. Box is 12 inches in diameter and 6 inches high.Detailed list of the 23 items:Postcard from Rosie's fiancé - an antique postcard image giclée printed on Arches watercolor paper, hand-tinted with watercolors, and letterpress printed on back by Yolanda Merrill; Rosie's ruined piecework - white cotton shirtwaist collar, machine-stitched, with hand-embroidered inscription by Lotta Helleberg and Dorothy SmithRosie's charm string and button jar - buttons strung, knotted and saved in jam jar with original label art and Dickens quotation handset and letterpress printed by Janet Eden and Frank RiccioSmocking for Mrs. Vanderbilt - cotton embroidery floss on muslin) by Barbara Payne"Sewn in my own heart's blood" (letterpress printing on newsprint with hand-sewn embellishment by Dorothy SmithSmoldering fire - reprint of historic New York Times article accompanied by song lyrics typed on manual typewriter by Barbara Payne and Laura SprungRachel's yarn card - letterpress printed card with vintage yarn by Janet EdenLue's letter to Rachel - original letter reproduced on old book paper, vintage photo enclosed with letter by Rachel SingelBetsy McCall moves forward - vintage Betsy McCall paper doll enclosed in a cardstock folder imprinted with an original story and art) by Dorothy Smith and Cecilia SorochinMill migration postcards - letterpress printed duotone images on Crane's 90# Pearl White Wove and Rives Lightweight papers by Kristin Adolfson and Lotta HellebergDéjà vu: 9/11 and 1911 - reprint of a newsletter chronicling the experiences of former Peace Corps volunteers teaching in New York City public schools during 9/11 by Michael SwanbergSomething old, something new - hand-quilted pieces of lace sewn onto a card; original art and calligraphy letterpress printed by Cecilia SorochinTarzeen redirect - digital printing of designs and original artwork) by Garrett Queen and Lana LambertTazreen button card - letterpress printing with watercolor by Angie HoganMourning our loss - recreated historic newspaper articles printed on hand-stained paper with decoupage roses and black lace embellishment by Cecilia Sorochin"Plus change" mourning card - digital printing of graphic elements, including photo by Donna KnoellRosie's needle book - letterpress needle book with tea stains, hand sewing, and a hidden message by Kevin McFaddenKate's matchbox catch all - letterpress printed labels on die-cut matchboxes by Bonnie Bernstein and Yolanda MerrillConscience pin cube - letterpress-printed labels on papered boxes with ball head pins by Bonnie BernsteinRed Threads care instructions - color-printed on canvas and machine-stitched in red thread by Bonnie BernsteinOld Wavy hang tag - letterpress printed on on Crane's 100% cotton paper by Kristin AdolfsonMayn Rue Platz/My resting place - letterpress printed cabinet and card with photograph and music CD by Bonnie Bernstein, Stacey Evans, Nancy KoberLives beyond measure - a timeline charting family and labor history printed on canvas with aluminum embellishments in the form of a measuring tape) by Nancy Kober.
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Kensington/Berkeley CA: Liminal Press, 2017. Hardcover. Number 9 of 10 copies. Signed by Richards and Sibony. “Stained is a collaborative book of word and image, pigment and fiber, documenting the emotional experience—bright lightness, dark depths—and reckoning of motherhood” (colophon). It is an intensely personal yet universal statement on being a mother. In her artist’s statement, Camden writes: “As an artist, I focus on telling the stories of people and places that are in danger of being lost or forgotten, with a focus on women, children and the environment. History repeats itself too often: by telling these stories I help others to remember, to learn from the past, and to take action for the sake of our present and future... I am specifically drawn to the artist’s book format as a sculptural medium to convey these stories because it is tangible, experiential, and provides an interactive experience for the viewer.” Camden’s powerful and beautifully produced books have been in numerous exhibitions and are in many public and private collections throughout the country and in Canada. She both studied and taught at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Stained is bound in the buttonhole style with stiff white paper boards and brown title to front cover. Accenting Camden’s poignant poem are eight unique non-objective monotypes by Sibony and leaves of white handmade paper that resemble weavings by Patti Harden. The photographic collages are ink jet printed on Canson Vidalon Vellum. Text set in Zuzana Licko’s Mrs Eaves and letterpress printed by Richards on a Vandercook 4 proofing press. Monotypes were pulled in counterpoint to the text on a Takach etching press on BFK paper. The book is housed in a custom clamshell box with hand painted beige book cloth by Sibony. Box construction by John DeMerritt. Size: 10 x 15 inches, Unpaginated [56 pages]. ARTISTSBOOK/061217. Fine.
Washington DC: 2017. Hardcover. Number 5 of 10 copies. Initialed and numbered by the book artist. Jennaway Pearson is a printmaker and book artist residing in Washington, DC. She teaches at American University and George Washington University. Her work is held in institutional and private collections across the US including the Museum for Women in the Arts, the Library of Congress, and UCLA. In this provocative work, Jennaway explores the meaning of “champion” by connecting figure skater Tonya Harding with the goddess Juno, protector of women. Despite being a record-breaking skater, Harding was a victim of her family, a demanding sporting organization, a tragic marriage, and an insatiable tabloid culture. Pearson suggests that Harding, like many women, would have benefited from the protection of Juno, whom the Romans saw as presiding over all aspects of a woman’s life. The book begins with three pages of text printed as handwritten script on yellow tablet sheets. It offers a sympathetic telling of Harding's life, drawing from an early documentary and a later media reports. This is followed by striking images representing both her life and the themes of the book. The text and images are each in a gathering with a cover sheet with two white squares and black numbers representing skating competition scores. The book was supported by a grant from the College Book Arts Association. Bound in black cloth with title in blue script on front cover. In a coptic-style stitched binding. The book is entirely screen printed on Arches 88 and Rives BFK papers. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with title on front. In fine condition. Measures 11.5 x 13.25 inches. Fine.