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Button
This fabric book must be unbuttoned to read the text of Lorna Crozier's wonderful poem of the same name. The books were screen-printed in an eccentric edition of 10, as the fabric came from my stash: I am still trying to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE. The buttons used came from the collections of Norma Homer (a good friend), Pauline Melhorn (my mother) and Reta Boe (my grandmother-in-law.)
2018, Kingston, ON. 5 pages, split. (14 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/2″) Eccentric edition of 10. $700
Counterpanes
This quilted meander book uses the text of Hazel Hall's poem of the same name. The poem was written c. 1921. Each page is a nine-patch quilt square. The books were screen-printed in an eccentric edition of 10, each book has a different colour scheme: some are orange, some purple two green and one red.
2019, Kingston, ON. 9 pages including 4 text pages. (12 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 3″) Eccentric edition of 10. $800
Grandmother
Each copy of this book is colour-coordinated with its cover, which is a pair of seersucker or Madras plaid shorts. This copy has a mint green and white seersucker pair as cover. Some pages have extra additions—pant loops, pockets or pocket trim. The books were screen-printed.
2020, Kingston, ON. 9 pages including 3 text pages. (14 x 12 x 1″) Eccentric edition of 10 plus one AP. $600


Ironing Board
Each copy of this book is different, as I was using up fabric from my stash during the third Covid 19 pandemic lockdown. The fabrics are colour-coordinated. I had a wonderful time making the little shirts, dresses, pants and skirts—I used a YouTube video to learn how to make pleats. It took me back to my childhood when I made a lot of doll clothes. I did order the teeny tiny buttons online.
2021, Kingston, ON. 3 ironing boards, 4 pages of text plus cover and colophon. (4 1/2 x 15 x 2 1/4″) Eccentric edition of 10 plus one AP. $750
I Sit and Sew
Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson's poem is in the voice of a woman, during WW1, who wishes she were doing something more active to help the soldiers, rather than sitting and sewing. The book's format is modelled on a WW1 "housewife," a soldier's sewing kit. As it unfolds, the view will find sewing tools and eventually the text.
2019, Kingston, ON. 3 pages. 4.5 X 6.25 X 1". Eccentric edition of 10. $400



Mending
The text of Mending is a poem by the American poet Hazel Hall. Hall was born in 1886, and lived for most of her life in Portland, Oregon. Following a bout of Scarlet Fever, at the age of 12, she was confined to a wheelchair. Hall took in sewing to help with the family finances, and Mending is one of more than thirty poems she wrote about needlework.
2018, Kingston, ON. 4 pages. (Size varies according to size of pants.) Eccentric edition of 10. $500
Needle
This fabric book resembles a needle book, complete with the needles (reader beware!) and some other surprises. The text is screen-printed. Thanks to Janet Elliott for some of the needles.
2018, Kingston, ON. 12 pages. (5 3/4 x 4 x 1″) Eccentric edition of 10. $300


Sewing Pattern
I have wanted to make a book with sewing patterns for many years, so was delighted to discover Alexandra Cussons's poem, used with her permission. The poem describes the creation of a woman, who then destroys the pattern to maintain her uniqueness. Cussons is a British poet who won the Poetry Society's Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award in 2011 for this poem. The text of the poem is layered with pattern pieces, hand-illustrated sewing instructions, photos of the body parts and the final figure.
2018, Kingston, ON. 17 pages. (10 x 7 1/4″) Eccentric edition of 30. $275




Zipper
Zipper's pages must be unzipped to read the text. As the title indicates, Lorna Crozier's poem and this book are about the characteristics of a zipper – its uses and connotations: Zippers are "sexiest on the back of a dress a woman can’t do up on her own. She lifts the hair on her neck and arches her back while someone behind her slowly pulls the metal tag up over vertebra after vertebra to the top.” The text is screen printed with Thermofax-generated screens, thanks to Peta Bailey.
2018, Kingston, 5 1/2 pages. (10 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 2 1/2″) Eccentric edition of 10. $900
Zipper: A Suite
Terry Ann Carter's suite of 5 five poems were written in response to viewing Zipper for the first time. I have never had a poem written about my work before: it is even set in my living room, with a reference to the large abstract painting by Sharon Thompson. There was so much imagery in the poems that I asked if I could create a bookwork using them. The fabric for the covers is created from zippers sewn together.
2019, Kingston, ON. 10 pages. (8 3/4 x11 3/4 x 2″) Eccentric edition of 10. $900


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