Miami Beach, FL, 2009. Artist's book, one of two copies only, on Fabriano paper, signed by the artist, Rosemarie Chiarlone on hand-written colophon. Page size: 18 x 12 inches; 22pp. + hand-written colophon, 10pp. contain Susan Weiner's poem, FLYING SOLO, lettered by hand in pinprick perforations by Rosemarie Chiarlone, some of the text shaped as indicated by the meaning of the verse. One such example is the page where the words "target practice" are formed in concentric circles to form a dart board. Bound by Bob Muens in ivory Brillianta book cloth over boards, with inset onlay of pinprick "plane" set diagonally across front panel, exposed sewn spine. The text reads, "I'm flying solo/ even though/ the co-pilot's so close / such intensity, my skin pricks, hair rises, / it's emotional target practice / like darts shot, so focused on the point, the flight consumes." The text itself is produced using an ancient paper art form: pin prick. This means of reproducing the text also forms the art. They also form an intricate, aesthetic design. As original a book as we've handled, this is a treasure. Rosemarie Chiarlone, a Miami-based artist, has had numerous solo exhibitions, including at the NY Center for Book Arts and the Miami-Dade Library System.The process of pinpricking can be traced back to China at the time of Sung Dynasty, then later through India (both for somewhat different purposes) and into Europe in the 18th century. In Europe it was originally connected with the process of lace making, beginning with an arrangement of pins driven into a pin cushion to form a design. Later pinprick paintings were often used for costume pictures and colored with watercolor. By the early 19th century pinpricking was so popular that special needles, varying in size from very fine to coarse, mounted in wooden handles, could be purchased from crafts shops. As a folk-art medium, it enjoyed great popularity in 19th century America. Pinprick images, one of the last paper-crafts to arrive in Europe and in America; did not last long and was one of the earliest to disappear - until this remarkable re-incarnation as a medium in contemporary book arts. (Inventory #: 11124)
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