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Brain Drawers
After my son’s brain injury, if he couldn’t remember something, he would say “I know that information is in a drawer in my brain, but that drawer won’t open.” The text of Brain Drawers is hand-printed on tiny accordions inside the various drawers. Some drawers, older memories, open, but others, memories of things that happened in the months just before his accident, do not.
2015, North Bay, ON. 8 pages. (8 x 6 x 6 1/2″) Edition of 3. Ringling School of Art, Baylor University, Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA.
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

My (Discouragingly) White Life
In her book "Learning to be White: Money, Race and God in America, theologian Thandeka suggests that white people play what she calls The Race Game. It has only one rule: for a week, one must preface any mention of a family member, colleague, friend etc. of European descent with the term "white." From this came the idea for this flag book which lists, alphabetically, everyone within my sphere. The few people who are NOT of European descent are printed in a pale brown, everyone else is printed in white on the acetate flags.
2014, Kingston. 21 flags. (9 x 6 x 1/2″ ) Edition of 6. Collections of New York Public Library, Cleveland Institue of Art, University of Puget Sound, University of Rochester, University of Washington, Baylor University.
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.

Sex Lives of Vegetables: A Seed Catalogue
Poems by Lorna Crozier about the sex lives of vegetables are mingled with seed catalogue descriptions. The text is superimposed on colour-copies of these vegetables. The handmade paper pages are accordion-folded, cut in the shape of vegetables and enclosed in a handmade paper folding case with a garden-twine closure.
1990, Toronto. 17 pages. (10 3/4 x 6 1/2″) Edition of 15. $400
Toronto Reference Library, University of Calgary

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