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The Baptism
The three dresses (one original, two reproduced) my sisters and I wore for our (group) baptism hang behind a stuffed fabric Black forest Cherry cake on a small table. On a dainty tablecloth is embroidered the story of why all three of us were baptised together, in a private afternoon service. The cake is central to the story.
1998, North Bay. 3 pages. (Tabletop: 18 x 18 x 27″) Unique. Collection University of Calgary.

Burnt Toast
Text from my mother's journals about meals eaten, food burnt, food she craved and what she did actually buy at the supermarket are combined with pop-ups of food.
1999, North Bay. 7 pages and 7 pops. (Tabletop: 9.5 x 7.25″) Unique. Collection University of Calgary.

Cakestand
This is a funny story about how we lose control of our bodies, told to Marilyn Zimmerman by her grandmother. The book is quilted (the pages pieced in the Cakestand pattern) and opens into a large square, to be read around a table. Also included are a quilted teapot and teacups. The text is handwritten.
2004, North Bay. 12 pages. (13 x 13 x 4″) Unique. Collection University of Calgary.


Family Baggage
All of us carry with us emotional baggage from our families of origin. My father’s steamer trunk is full of objects with associated words rubber-stamped, embroidered and “written” with pins or buttons. The steamer trunk has a wardrobe on one side and four drawers on the other. Each drawer holds several trays; each tray holds a garment or personal items with words such as anger, responsibilities and pain.
2003, North Bay. 21 “pages.” (41 x 22 x 20″) Unique. Collection University of Calgary.





The Family That Liked to Eat
A funny story about the artist’s family’s love of food, this elaborate pop-up book centres on the rooms in which they ate in their home. Constructed of Ecohemp 89-lb. Cover, with colour-copied and watercolour images, each room has a floor with chairs and a table.
1998, North Bay. 4 rooms. (11 1/2 x 9″) Edition of 3.


From Noranda to Detroit: The First Twenty-five Years
Rubber-stamped on my twenty-fifth birthday, this is a cheeky look at my life up to that point. Family photos illustrate the story, with its two themes: "Look at those legs!" and "Is this art?" Traditionally sewn handmade paper pages with hard covers.
1980, Detroit. Many pages. (7 x 5 x 1″) Unique. Collection: University of Calgary.






From Noranda to Detroit: Weesy’s Version
Rubber-stamped with the text of a radio play written by my sister, Marie Cooper, as a twenty-fifth birthday present, this version has a different perspective: that of the adorable little sister. Traditionally sewn handmade paper pages, with family photo illustrations tipped in, with hard covers.
1982, Detroit. Many pages. (7 x 5 x 1″) Unique. Collection: University of Calgary.
girls I have Known
This fairy-tale-like version of my father's long quest for a wife was based on photos which he had saved and labelled “girls I have Known.” The text pages of this flag book are hemp/cotton paper, shaped like men’s suits; the images are handmade paper women’s outfits dating from the 1920s to the 1950s, and use some of the women’s photos.
2002, North Bay. 19 pages. (11 x 6 x 2″) Edition of 10.
The Girl Who Liked to Read
This double-sided flag book has colour images of covers of favourite books from childhood interspersed with ink drawings of me reading (even when nursing an active toddler!) The text consists of two lists: books read during a two-month period at age 17, and those read during an equivalent period at age 50. Handmade paper with text embedded made by CAVE Papers.
2007, North Bay. Multi-paged. (Box: 8.25 x 9 x 2″Opens to 51″) Unique. Commissioned by University of Alberta.

Good Little Girls
Five pink outfits worn by me and/or my sisters as babies and toddlers (sleeper, dress, silk! coat and tights, two dirndls) are rubber-stamped with my own story about what good little girls we were.
1993, North Bay. 5 pages. (Life-sized) Unique. Collection: University of Calgary.

Little Gloria Happy at Last
Photocopied on handmade paper (Barcham Green) this rubber-stamped story is illustrated with the Joseph family's photos. Gloria struggles to fit into the good little Catholic School girl mold and finally breaks out. Accordion with hard covers.
1984, Detroit. Many pages. (8.75 x 7.5 x .5″) Unique. Collection: University of Calgary.

Marilyn's Grandma
This quilted accordion is rubber-stamped with Marilyn Zimmerman's funny story about inter-generational bonding. Appliquéd with baby doll pyjamas, hair-nets and curlers, and pillowcases.
1993, North Bay. ? pages. (12.25 x 10.25 x 5″) Unique. Collection: Robert McLaughlin Gallery.

Once Upon a House
An autobiographical story, perhaps slightly exaggerated, about the house in which the artist grew up. It’s an elaborate pop-up book with the stairwell and the hot water pipe in the basement on which she and her sisters used to swing, constructed of Ecohemp 89-lb. Cover, with colour-copied and acrylic painted images. It has a hard cover.
1998, North Bay. 5 spreads. (11 1/2 x 9″) Edition of 3.

Pharmacy Paul
Here's a story about a good little boy, for a change. Paul Woodward's funny tale ("He was such a good baby he was boring, " said his mother) is rubber-stamped and illustrated with family photos. Colour-copied on handmade paper.
1983, Detroit. ? pages. (7 x 5 x 1″) Edition of 3. Collection: University of Calgary.

Picky Eater
Lori Gilbert’s unpleasant memories of being forced to eat are combined with photos of a plate of food being mushed about and slowly consumed. Tablecloths have been cut, rubber-stamped, appliquéd with colour-copy transfers and re-assembled to form a fold out book.
2002, North Bay. 9 pages. (13 1/2 x 13 1/2″) Edition of 3: each different.

Portrait of the Artist's Family
Paper handmade from my family members' clothes was letter-press printed with the name, date and place of birth of each person Endpapers were made from family curtains, and the cover paper was made from a mixture of the left-over pulp from each individual's papers.
1980, Detroit. 14 pages. (9.25 x 7 x 1″) Edition of 8. Collection: University of Calgary.

A Sad Little Girl
A cast-paper doll and her dresses, in a wardrobe trunk, tell Beth Cook’s poignant story about growing up believing that she was bad. The text is rubber-stamped on little handmade paper dresses, embellished with lace, ribbons and beads, and hanging on pink wire hangers. The trunk is covered with floral chintz.
1995, North Bay. 5 pages. (9 x 5.75 x 4.75″) Edition of 12.
Soft Molasses Cookies
This star carousel book has photo-copies of my mother's recipe book on the covers. The rooms inside represent rooms in the house in which I grew up: the "wallpaper" is photocopies of my mother's paintings and drawings. The text ix culled from her journals: the entries all concern food.
1999, North Bay. 5 pages. (10.25 x 7.25 x .75″) Unique. Collection: University of Calgary.

Those Damn Flies
Eight of my father's singlets with photo-transferred images of him enjoying his garden, along with those of mosquitoes and blackflies are rubber-stamped with a funny story about his years of working in the bush. Hand-written scientific text about "those damn flies" runs along the hems. Pages stiffened with acrylic medium hang on a clothesline, or can be ring-bound.
2002, North Bay. 8 pages. (3' x2' x 1.5') Unique. Collection: University of Calgary.