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List of titles: for description, click on title. Bound by Convention
Paper corset photo-copied (b&w) from an antique with pink rubber-stamped text between pink lines of machine stitching (verso) is rolled in a box. Various women shared stories of being forced to wear constraining clothing for social reasons.
1989, Toronto. Scroll. (30 x25.5″) Edition of 10. Collection: Art Gallery of Ontario, Carleton University, University of Calgary.

Breasts
Cast paper bras with nipples are rubber-stamped with women's stories about breasts and body-image. Thanks to Sandy Berninger for making the plaster cast. Sadly, Sandy died of breast cancer a few years ago.
1983, Detroit. 10 pages. (7.5 x 12 x 10″) Edition of 3.



Big Black Bag
A machine-sewn black felt bag holds loose pages of varying sizes. Each bright pink page has a list of the contents of one woman's purse on one side; a photo-copied image of one of the objects is on the other side. These range from pens and pencils to a zucchini!
1988, Toronto. 28 pages. (5 1/2 x 8″) Edition of 28. $30

Colour Me Dutiful
Why do women wear make-up? How does it make them feel? Make-up stories are rubber-stamped in pink, turquoise, black and red to imitate eye-brows, eye-shadow, lipstick and blush. The handmade paper pages fit in an oval box with a cast-paper face on top. The face is mine: my friend Sandy Berninger cast my face, my breasts (see Breasts, above) and my feet (see High Heels below) while I was at Wayne State University.
1986, Toronto. 28 pages. (6 3/4 x 4 3/4″) Edition of six.




For Best Results
Fashion magazine images and headlines are collaged onto a handmade paper accordion in a snarky critique of the magazines themselves..
1993, North Bay. ? pages. (8.5 x 7 x .75″) Unique. Collection: Library, National Gallery of Canada.

Hairy Legs
Life-sized leg-shaped pages made of cotton/linen pulp with hair embedded are rubber-stamped with women's comments on shaving or otherwise removing leg hair—or not.
1982, Detroit. 7 pages. (30 x 12″) Edition of 10. Collection: Library, National Gallery of Canada, Library and Archives Canada.

High Heels
Cast paper shoe/feet (i.e. shoes with toes) are filled with multiple insoles, letter-press printed with text about the joys/pains of wearing high heels. Pair of shoes housed in a shoebox.
1983, Detroit. 16 pages. (Size 9-B shoes in a box: 12.75 x 7.25 x 4″) Edition of 4. Collection: University of Guelph, Library and Archives Canada.

Leaky Stories
Sanitary napkins, fabricated from Japanese paper, are rubber-stamped in red, with embarassing stories about menstruation.
1985, Toronto. 10? pages. (Box: 8.5 x 5 x 3.25″) Edition of 8. Collection: Art Gallery of Ontario, Library and Archives Canada.
Little House: Volumes One and Two
Two similar books (same format, but different text) with anonymous women's stories about being sexually abused as girls, in their own homes. Each page is a quilt square, pieced with the “Little House” traditional quilt pattern. The squares are stiffened and each book opens up to form a three-dimensional house.
2004, North Bay. 6 pages. (9 x 9 x 1″) Each unique. Collection: University of Calgary.

My God… Ain't She Long!
Three sets of paper dolls are letter-press printed with women's experiences of being short, medium or tall. Handmade paper in a paper-covered folder..
1984, Detroit. 22 pages in all: 5, 8, & 9. (8.5 x 4 x 1″) Edition of 25. Collection: Library and Archives Canada, Art Ixnstitute of Chicago.

Playbook
Flipping back and forth, exchanging heads, torsos and thighs is fun. It also demonstrates how interchangeable are fashion and pornographic photography. This corps exquise book, photo-copied in black and white on Exeter pH neutral paper, has a black rubber cover bound with three metal studs.
1989, Toronto. 12 pages. (7 3/4 x 5 1/2″) Edition of 20.

Powder Puff Pink
A little round pink box encloses a pink powder puff and 12 round hand-made paper pages with stories about pink and femininity.The text is letter-press printed; the paper made by the artist from cotton fabrics. (Interestingly, I could not find any pink powder puffs in Detroit; I had to cross the border to find them in Windsor.)
1984, Detroit. 12 pages. (4 x 1.25″) Edition of 22.

There Once Was a Little Boy/Girl
Sixteen hand-made paper outfits for babies and toddlers were sewn with real findings and rubber-stamped with nursery rhymes about girls and women, and boys and men..
1989, Toronto. 16 pages. (life-sized infants to 6X) Unique. Library and Archives Canada.

Tied to her Apron Strings (Bound By Convention 2)
Six life-sized plywood cutout "gingerbread cookies" are rubber-stamped with texts from a variety of women about the constraints of being newly weds, mothers and older wives. Their pink rubber-gloved hands are tied behind their backs with their apron strings..
1993, North Bay. 6 pages. (5'10″ x approx. 10' when open) Unique Collection: University of Calgary.

Untitled (Book of Hours)
Poetry and biblical texts are rubber-stamped, and images of the Great Goddess and the Virgin Mary are transferred onto a scroll made from leather and satin, housed in a box with a metalwork cross/grille top.
1995, North Bay. Scroll. (7.5 ″ x 17' long) Unique. Collection: University of Alberta.

Wandering Foot
This quilted book opens up in a meandering way like a ripped road map. Photo-coped maps are appliquéd in the Wandering Foot quilt pattern, traditionally not used on a boy's bed, or else he'd grow up to be a wanderer. Women's stories about being forced to move to follow a husband's job are rubber-stamped.
1992, North Bay. 14 pages. (8 x 8 x 4″) Unique. Collection: University of Calgary.

Was I a Lobster in Another Life?
This accordion pop-up book incorporates more entries about food from my mother's journals with pop-ups of food.
1999, North Bay. 10 pages, 10 pops. (9.5 x 7.25 x 1.25″) Unique. Collection: University of Calgary.

WRONG!
Melanie Egan’s memory of an elementary-school Health class, when the teacher asked “How do you tell a girl baby from a boy baby?” is a funny story now, but was traumatic at the time. The text is rubber-stamped on pink and blue handmade flax paper, folded to represent baby blankets.
1996, North Bay. 4 pages. (12 x 6″) Edition of 5.