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Uneven Earth:
A lively interview about my environmental artist's books series, by Cassandra Kuyhenhoven, a Ph.D. student at Queen's University in Kingston.


Illustrious Travels: Ancient Stories Re-told
September, 2016

W.D. Jordan Special Collections Library
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario

The RE Books
April 29 to June 10, 2017

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre
Suite 305, 370 King Street West
Kingston ON K7L 2X4


Intro to Pop-ups
Saturday, October 15, 2016
CBBAG Ottawa

Learn the basic techniques of making pup-ups with Lise Melhorn-Boe, a.k.a. Madame Pop-up. We’ll start out with cut and fold techniques, such as boxes and V-folds, and move on to attachments, backbones, towers and floating planes. With lots of samples to look at, you’ll soon be ready to make pop-up books or greeting cards. This workshop is suitable for teens and adults. Teachers are welcome—Madame Pop-up has many years of experience in elementary and high school classrooms. Making pop-ups is a cross-curricular activity that can be geared to younger students as well.


Look, Don't Touch
Comissioned by the University of Washinton Special Collections Library, for an exhibition entitled "Just One Look," this is a 13-page pop-up book based on the Aithiopika, an ancient Greek novel by Heliodorus.
2016, Kingston. (8.5 x 10 3/4″ when closed ) Edition of 10. $700

Look, Don't Touch
Photo credit: Navin Kulshreshtha

After the Coma
Working on my Environment/health series got me thinking about re-cycling; trying to market a line of up-cycled t-shirts left me with a lot of small pieces of knit fabric. Inspired by Annette Messager's Sewn Words series
2015, Kingston. (22 x 54″ when open ) Unique. NFS

After the Coma

This book was created using Barbara Tetenbaum and Julie Chen's Artist's Book Ideation Cards. Using these cards is a great way to step outside the box. Instructed to use found text, I chose the title from a billboard and text from magazines. But one of the adjective cards said: "Scientific or research-based," so I also consulted the library and have incorporated quotes from three books about happiness: "Happy at Last," by Richard O'Connor, "How We Choose to Be Happy," by Rick Foster and Greg Hines, and "14,000 things to be happy about," by Barbara Ann Kipfer. The elaborate accordion pop-up book has five spreads.
2015, Kingston. (10.75 x 8 x 1″ when closed and 10.75 x approx. 6 feet long when open ) Edition of 10. $600



Visit the SEWING page on this website to see samples of Lise's home decor sewing. Lise is now making eco-cushions from remnants of fabric. Lise is making them to order, with the customer choosing the fabrics and colours, if desired. Call (613) 542-3923.

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