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Hope is the Thing with Feathers
Hope is the Thing with Feathers is a poem by Emily Dickinson:

Hope is the Thing with Feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words
And Never stops at all.

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest sea
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
19??, Toronto, ON. 6 pages. (? x ?″) Unique. Private collection.


If You Say it Loud Enough
This unique book uses found objects to explore children's rhyming games, using balls or skipping ropes, and the hand game called Cat's Cradle. The text consists of excerpts of these rhymes.
1998, North Bay, ON. 9 pages. (8 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 1/2″) Unique. Collection of the University of Calgary


The Purple ABC
This page of The Purple ABC—E is for purple Emperor (Butterfly)—was created using hand-painting on fabric. The page was then quilted. Purples included:
Aubergine, broomrape, a purple cow, damson plum, fireweed, gentian violet, hyacinth, The Purple Island (an allegorical poem about the physiological structure of the human body and the mind of man, written by Phineas Fletcher in 1633,) Jam, Jelly and Juice, loosestrife, Murex Brandaris (shellfish used for royal purple dye,) nightgown, orchid, Peking (a.k.a.the Purple City,) Queen, purple-flowering raspberry, saxifage, thymus vulgaris, ultraviolet light, viola lovelianna, wine, eXtras, yarrow, and zinnia.
1981, Detroit. (Box: 19 x 14 1/2 x 3 1/2″ when closed ) Unique. Whereabouts unknown (if you know where it is, please let me know!)




Red Transformed
The strips of handmade paper start out at red and go through the colours of the spectrum and back to red again.
1981, Detroit. (14 x 10 x 2 1/2″ when closed ) Unique. Private Collection.




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