Martinez, CA: Lucy Childs, 2021. A unique embroidered artists’ book. Lucy’s exquisite embroidered books are inspired by her “exploration of the history, craft, and culture of early American and British sewing samplers, made mostly by young girls to learn the practical craft of sewing but also to learn letters and spelling. Many old and antique samplers included text or images in memory of family members who had died.” Lucy’s beautiful and painstakingly created books are a fitting tribute to and continuation of the craft she honors. Her unique books can be found in several artists’ books collections. This beautiful work evokes the feel and mood of its inspiration - a windy day on a quiet island. A card depicting Quiet Island has the following text inside: "Blustery windy days on Quiet Island are those in-between weather days (gutsy and wild , but not hurricane) where being outside is fine and even enjoyable. But if you’re biking along the coast, use your helmet's strap and remember - strong winds will push you over. Quiet Island is within the sweep of the North Atlantic Drift of the Gulf Stream and inside the arm of land that guards against the hurricanes hitting most everywhere else nearby. A few hundred or so people live on the island. Houses are simple, cars are shared, and the three public libraries are loved. On very stormy days friends can be found watching the weather from the sea-facing libraries' cushioned window seats or down in one of the cafes." The intricate embroidery depicting a Quiet Island beach on a blustery day is stitched in blue, green, brown,purple, orange and yellow threads on white linen cloth. The lower borders are stitched with intricate white designs. The cover is blue wool with the title and border stitching in various colors of thread. The folded book measures 6 x 7 inches. Unfolded the book is about 24 inches. The book and card are housed in a light gray clamshell box with a blue wool decoration affixed to the cover. In fine condition. ARTSB/051622. Fine.
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New York: Béatrice Coron, 2016. Paperback. Number 3 of 3 copies. This intricate work created by Béatrice Coron beautiful displays her skill and artistry in papercutting. It was created after a trip there in order to preserve a record of the diverse animals and geography she saw. A sea blue book case opens to reveal the mystery, diversity, and wonder of the Galapagos through Coron's hand cut creation, made from a single sheet of black Arches paper. The individual pages unfold to show a scene 44 inches long. The viewer sees silhouettes of water, land, birds, sea creatures, and more. Coron describes her book work: "For the last 20 years, I have been exploring visual storytelling in artist books, paper cutting and public art. Collecting memories from individuals and communities, I stage narrative allegories in silhouette to create a dialogue with the viewer in playful fantasies. These visual chronicles record archetypal stories that transcend time and space. I have been fascinated by the relation of people to their space and the sense of belonging. Using papercutting where everything is cut from a single piece of Tyvek, the profusion of individual stories makes a coherent whole world." [From her website] Christina Favretto, Head of Special Collections at the University of Miami describes Coron's work in Coron's "artfragments" portfolio: "There is a palpable joy in the work of Béatrice Coron, the kind of joy we felt as children in unwrapping a particularly enticing holiday gift. But...for Béatrice the gift is a sheet of Tyvek...or paper, and the stories to be unearthed and unleashed within and through the medium." Size: 8 x 44 inches when unfolded. 5.5 x 8 inches when folded. In fine condition. ARTB/081921. Fine.
Rutland, VT: Carolyn Shattuck, 2021. Hardcover. One of 10 copies. This inventive work by Carolyn Shattuck joins previous artist's books she has produced to call attention to endangered animal species such as elephants and rhinos. The little known mammal in this work is the pangolin. She states that it is one of the world's most trafficked mammals, prized for its scales, which are used primarily for medicinal purposes in China and Vietnam. The book is a complex production that displays Shattuck's skill in using various book structures to convey meaning and context in the books she creates.An accordion style structure reveals a hand-painted pangolin in its painted forested environment. A foldout text lists the many ailments and other purposes that the animal's scales supposedly address. Printed on BFK Rives and painted with water colors. Housed in a black slipcase with title label on front. In addition to creating artists' books, Shattuck is a painter and creator of paper art. She exhibits her work nationally in numerous juried exhibitions and has received many awards. Her books have been collected by a number of special collections libraries at universities throughout the country. She teaches Book Art workshops in New England and Florida. She describes her work as "an expression of living life to the fullest while being aware of its risks." In fine condition. Measures 12 x 8 x 2.5 inches. ARTISTS/010422. Fine.
Rutland, VT: Shattuck Studios. Number 1 of 5 copies signed by the book artist. This is an inventive work from well-known artist Carolyn Shattuck that displays her skill in using various book structures to convey meaning and context in the books she creates . In addition to artists' books, she is a painter and creator of paper art. Carolyn exhibits her work nationally in numerous juried exhibitions and has received many awards. Her books have been collected by a number of special collections libraries at universities throughout the country. She teaches Book Art workshops in New England and Florida. She writes: Save the Elephants was designed to bring awareness of their struggle as the population is rapidly declining due mainly to poachers. Her text describes the loss of these magnificent animals and the desperate efforts of those trying to save them. Her design uses an accordion structure from which origami elephants are standing when the book is extended open. They are made with patterned Origami Lokta paper that evoke African fabric designs. The book also uses Canson Mi Teinte, Lama Li, Elephant Hide and Washi papers. The binding is a plain grey. The work is housed in a brown paper slipcase with title label to cover, a gilt paper spine, and a belly band of the same gilt paper. In fine condition. 5.25 x 13.5 x 1.25 inches closed. ARTISTSBOOK/010422. Fine.