New book! (Finally!)

June 2, 2009 at 1:13 pm (art, books, drawing, interesting)

Oh my god, after way too long, I am really happy to say that I finally have a new edition of artist’s books!

This is sort of a sneak peak of the project… here’s the deal:

A small number of them will be on sale starting Thursday at the Honey Space benefit party(June 4th, 7-9pm, for address – please come!). I haven’t totally decided on a price yet, but they will definitely be under $50 each. After the benefit, I’m going to sell them here on my blog, but the price is going to go up. Not by too much – the idea is that this is an affordable piece that just about anyone can buy – but by enough that it kicks my butt into getting the whole edition done and mailed out to people who want it.

So stay tuned for all that. But for now, here are some pictures:


How Things Work is an accordion-fold book made out of sewn fabric and collaged paper. This is what the cover looks like. And here I am, opening it:


There is a little tab with a snap on it that keeps it all together. Here I’m opening it more:


Eventually the whole thing opens up and looks like this:


It’s about 41″ long when it’s totally unfolded. Here are some closeups:



The background is all fabric; everything collaged on top of the fabric (don’t know if you can really see it in these pics or not but: the girls, the gears, the stars, and the text) is a print out from my computer which I then stitched to the surface of the book. The text is a conversation I’m having in my head with someone about the way that things work, and the book is a simple scene of a nighttime sky with gears and pulleys taking the place of constellations. At the end of the book, you see the girls are the ones making the machine run by turning a crank.

I’m really happy with how it turned out… I hope these pictures capture it at all – it’s hard with the dark colors and the lighting in my studio. It is an open edition, but I would estimate that I’ll make around 50 of them.



  1. Neb said,

    Amazing — this looks great!

  2. alana said,

    Yay! I love it. Feels like a cozy sleeping bag!

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