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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San Francisco: Gazelle and Goat, 2018. Number 20 of 40 copies. Signed and numbered by Rhiannon Alpers, the book artist. Rhiannon has been a book artist, maker of paper, and bookbinder based in San Francisco for almost twenty years. She is fascinated by structures and boxes, and much of her work is focused on nature. This beautifully designed and executed book is emblematic of Rhiannon's artistic interests and aesthetics. She writes of her book, which was inspired by author Glynis Ridley: "When Jeanne Baret stepped on-board the Etoile ship in 1766, she didn’t set out to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Alongside her colleague, accomplice and lover, Philibert Commerson, she took on many roles during the expedition as a botanist, herb woman, nurse, and cataloger of the more than 630 specimens they brought aboard. This limited edition artist book traces the expedition of the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, through the lens of the botanical discoveries she made along the ship’s journey. Jeanne Baret was not able to document the expedition herself, due to the forbidden nature of her passage on this journey, but her legacy has inspired many, and spurred the creation of this book." The book has a removable magnetic spine binding that opens completely back-to-back, with a digitally produced specimen chart hidden within. Hahnemuhle Bugra Fawn folio maps are letterpress printed from polymer plates, adapted from French expedition maps from the published logs “Voyage Autour du Monde par la Frégate du rio la Boudeuse et la Fluté L’Etoile.". Crane’s Lettra Ecru 90lb specimen folios letterpress printed from linoleum blocks and polymer plates. Plant outlines are laser cut and secured with Japanese tissue. Laser cut specimens were adapted from the original plant specimens collected by Commerson and Baret on the expedition, archived in the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Interleaved vellum sheets with macro photography by the artist laser printed on Neenah UV Ultra II. Spine bound with Gmund Bier Paper [colophon]. In fine condition. Measures 8.25 x 9.5 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTSB/072419.
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.
Rutland, VT: Shattuck Gallery, 2010. Number 2 of 4 copies. This powerful work addresses the issues of women's rights and empowerment. The production comprises a number of stiff paper female figures of various ethnicities and garb, eleven small white paper books by and about women, and a blue scarf printed with women's names. They are housed in a cork covered closet/box with a title label to top. States the book artist Shattuck: "Through the process of making and dressing cutout women figures, stories unfold. These figures, represented globally, bring light to the silent crimes they endure. “Rape is the culture of silence”, quotes President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In India, bride burning takes place approximately once every 2 hours. In Asia alone, one million children are working in the sex trade. Violence and abuse towards women takes place everywhere. This installation of women who stand on a named scarf celebrate their dignity while telling stories of hope." printed on Epson Radiant White Watercolor paper, cotton, vellum, Canson Mi Teintes, and cork paper. Box measures 12 x 7 x 7 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTSB/070119. Fine.