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.