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Lise Melhorn-Boe: RE Books an interview by NO and NO (Gabriel Cheung and Katharine Vingoe-Cram) is on the essays page. (Used by permission of Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, and NO and NO.)

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After the Coma
REAWAKEN, REMEMBER, READJUST tells part of the story of my son's recovery after a traumatic brain injury. The colours I chose, orange and purple, are his favourite colours. Some of these letters turned out quite fat; they are very satisfying to fondle. This book opens in an accordion and can be wall-hung.
2015, Kingston. 3 words. (22″ x 11″ x 4″) Unique. $500


After the Crash
This is another RE Book made about my son's experience. In this book, the words are REVIVE, RECUPERATE, REAPPRECIATE. Reappreciate was his choice. I had something else, but took it apart and re-made it at his request. The words in this book spill out vertically, to a length of about 6.5 feet.
2016, Kingston. 3 hanging words. (16″ x 12″ x 4″) Unique. $500

Begin Again
This small fabric flag book is made mostly from scraps of decorator fabrics. The words REORIENT, REDESIGN, RENOVATE refer both to my house and to my life, as I began anew after separating from my husband of 25 years.
2015, Kingston. (15″ x 6″ x 3.5″) Unique. $350


A Bitter Love Story
This hanging RE Book is grey and bleak. Black and grey, with a little bit of acid green. What can I say? I have not had good luck in love. One benefit is more time to make art! As with many of these RE Books, the cover is made mostly from upholstery fabrics.
2015, Kingston. 3 words. (18″ x 15″ x 6″) Unique. $500
Born Again
My youngest sister helped me with the text for this book. The spring colours represent new life. The words, which open out horizontally in an accordion, are REPENT, RENEW, REJOICE.
2016, Kingston. 3 words in a block. (22 ″ x 10 1/2″ x 4 1/2″) Unique. $500

Chiropractic
I often feel like a new person after a chiropractic adjustment, and the RE-words came so easily for this book, which opens vertically (of course) spelling out: REALIGN, READJUST, RELIEF.
2015, Kingston. 3 words. (17 ″ x 11 ″ x 4 ″) Unique. $500



A Digital Love Story
Unlike the other RE Books which have text made from used T-shirts, the letters that make up the words in this flag book (REBOOT, REINSTALL, REATTACH) are cut from used mouse pads, donated by several helpful artist-friends. There are also a couple of hardware components.
2015, Kingston. 3 words. (15 1/2″ x 5″ x 4″) Unique. $250

A Doomed Love Story
More grey bleakness here. As I said before, not much luck with love. The words in this book are: REGRET, RENEGOTIATE, REPEAT.
2016, Kingston. 3 words. (16″ x 12″ x 4″ ) Unique. $500


Encore une fois
"Encore une Fois" uses the French words for the Three Rs of the environmental movement: REDUIRE, REUTILISER, RECYCLER. Lots of green in this hanging book.
2017, Kingston. 3 words. (12″ x 24″ x 4 1/2″ ) Unique. $500



A Happy Love Story
REIMAGINE, RECAPTURE, REAWAKEN are the cheerfully-colourful words in this RE Book. (I used my imagination.) It opens out horizontally and can hang on a wall.
2015, Kingston. 3 words in a block. (24.5″ x 12.5″ x 3.25″) Unique. $500


Happy Memories
More happy colours for "Happy Memories." The outer cover fabric came from a piece of cotton which my mother had when she died; she would drape it over something when she wanted cheering up. The hanging text reads: REFLECT, REMINISCE, REJOICE.
2015, Kingston. 3 WORDS. (17″ x 11″ x 6″ ) Unique. $500



Painful Memories
RECALL, RE-ENACT,REPRESS speaks to the (not-so-helpful) habit of re-playing our bad memories and reliving them in our bodies. The letters fold up on themselves, and are tied with ribbons when the book is closed.
2016, Kingston. 3 words. (22″ x 12″ x 3.75″ ) Unique. $500


Post Shock Treatment
After describing some of the RE Books I was working on to a woman I know who has had shock treatments, she quickly threw out several RE-words. So "Post Shock Treatment" is for her: REPROGRAM, REORGANIZE, RECOVER. (She helped herself recover her memory through knitting.)
2015, Kingston. 3 words. (16″ x 10 ″ x 4″) Unique. $500


A Pragmatic Love Story
Business-like browns and pale blue (think suits and ties) are the colours of this RE Book. The text reads: REJECT, RECONSIDER, READJUST. Some people stick together because they'd rather compromise than be alone.
2015, Kingston. 3 words. (18.25″ x 11″ x 4″) Unique. $500

Say it Again
Only repeat patterns are used in this book about repeating one's words. The long-winded text hangs from the cover, and reads: RECAPITULATE, REARTICULATE, REITTERATE.
2016, Kingston. 3 words. (16″ x 12″ x 5″) Unique. $500


Les souvenirs
This second French-language RE Book was inspired by hearing the word "ressortir" on the CBC. It means taking out old memories (souvenirs, in French.) The colourful hanging text reads: REPENSER (to take a fresh look at,) RESSORTIR (to resurface memories,) REPRENDRE (to recapture, to take up again.)
2017, Kingston. 3 words. (22″ x 10 1/2″ x 4″) Unique. $500

T-SHIRT
While I was making Love Stories out of T-Shirts, my friend Beth Cook, in Toronto, was writing a poem ABOUT a t-shirt. I couldn't resist making that into a book as well. The text is rubber-stamped on 2 used t-shirts.
2017, Kingston. 6 pages. (30″ x 17″: opens to 30″ x 34″) Unique. $400
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