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2019: Fortieth Anniversary of Book #1
Books #1 and #2 grew out of a mistake. I was working on a felted triptych and one panel felted too much, so didn't match the other two. However, it had some nice passages, so I cut little rectangles and had them stacked on my desk in my studio. After looking at them for some time, I realized that if I joined them together, they could be a book. I figured out a way to do this with metal rings and embroidery thread, and voila! Book # 1, and then #2. I went on to design felted pages on purpose, one of which I sent off to an artist's book exhibition in Montreal. I had never heard of artist's books before, but figured if I made it and I was an artist, it must be an artist's book. And now forty years later, I am still happily making artist's books.


Con·nec·tion: Forty Years of Artist's Books
Monday June 1-Wednesday June 24, 2020, COVID-19-Style (only 5 at a time, social-distancing, masks and disposable gloves.)

Window Art Gallery, Princess St. at Victoria, Kingston, Ontario
Hours: Mon. & Tues. 9-noon, Wed. & Fri. 9-4, Thurs. 9-8, Sat. & Sun. 12-4
Curated by Rebecca Korn, this exhibition will feature a selection of books created during the four decades from 1979-2019. There is a catalogue to accompany the exhibition. It costs $28. Contact Lise. See ESSAYS page for the essay. To view the exhibition online, copy and paste this link: This tour with stops at each piece in the show is close to one hour long.

Ripe with Possibility: Re-defining the book through an artist's eyes
January 16-April 24, 2020

Mauro Gallery, St. Mary's University, Calgary, Alberta
14500 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2X 1Z4
(403) 531-9130
Hours: Thursday 1-4 and Saturday 10-2, or by appointment.
Curated by Dr. Tara Hyland-Russell, this exhibition will feature a selection of books created during the four decades from 1979-2019. Many of the books have been borrowed from the Special Collections Library at the University of Calgary, some are from Dr, Hyland-Russell's personal collection and the RE Books come from the artist.

Lise Melhorn-Boe

Lise Melhorn-Boe: Artist's Books
January 16-April 24, 2020

Glenbow Library and Archive Reading Room
Taylor Family Digital Library
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10-4:30
The works in this exhibition are selected from the large collection of Lise's books that are housed in the Special Collections Library. A cart of works not included in the show is in the back room. These are available to look at—just ask the librarian in charge.

Sewing Poems & a mini-retrospective
January 25-March 14, 2020

Hotam Press, 218 East 4th Ave, Vancouver B.C.
(604) 721-0671
Hours: Thursday to Saturday: 1-6
Along with a selection of older books created during the four decades from 1979-2019, my latest body of work, entitled the Sewing Poems, is on display. Ho Tam taped my talk at the opening. You can view it at:
Lise Melhorn-Boe—Forty Years of Artist's Bookmaking
Ho Tam has also made several videos, each of his hands opening and paging through one book at a time. You can watch one or more at:
A Book a Day

CBBAG Art of the Book 2018
The Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has a juried exhibition every five years. It travels across the country (see itinerary below.) Here is a chance to see one of my newest books, Zipper, as well as many fine bindings, fine printing, paper decoration, artist's books, calligraphy, hand-made paper, and for the first time, restorations.

CBBAG Art of the Book 2018
November 1, 2019-February 15, 2020

McGill University Library
Montréal, Québec

CBBAG Art of the Book 2018
March 5-April 30, 2020

Craft Ontario
Toronto, Ontario

CBBAG Art of the Book 2018
May 17-June 30, 2020

Harriet Irving Library
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick

CBBAG Art of the Book 2018
July 16-August 30, 2020

Mary E. Black Gallery
Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design
Halifax, Nova Scotia

CBBAG Art of the Book 2018
October 24-November 28, 2020

Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John's, Newfoundland


Zipper: A Suite
Zipper: A Suite is the fifth in a series of sewn books using poems about sewing as text. So far, there are three books with text by Lorna Crozier (see Button, Zipper and Needle on the LIST-sewing page) and two with poems by Hazel Hall (see Mending and Counterpane on the same page.).

Terry Ann Carter lives in Victoria, British Columbia. She is also a book artist. See the entry for Zipper: A Suite on the List/sewing page for more information about Terry Ann Carter.

2019, Kingston. (8 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 2″ when closed ) Edition of 10. $900

Zipper cover

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