Cambridge, MA: Double Dutch Design, 2016. Unique artist's book, all on Arches Text wove paper for text and used teabags, unfolded, washed, and flattened, with smoke decorations and burn holes, all made with incense stick, allowing glimpses of the text and mica on the adjacent Arches sheets, signed by the artist on the colophon. Page size: 3-1/16 square; 74 leaves lettered or decorated. Bound by the artist: hand sewn concertina style binding with used teabags sewn into the concertina folds; wrapped in Japanese tissue and fastened with pearl-headed stick pin through two gold gilt squares, housed in a found hand-made copper box with diminutive piano hinge lid, box painted dark brown with rock as "handle" glued to top, box worn with paint rubbed at extremities revealing copper below. The glittering mica contrasts so wonderfully with the smoke decorated teabags, as does the text of Dickinson's verse. Smoke decoration is traditionally associated with 18th and 19th century American folk-art and appropriately serves here to illuminate words of Emily Dickinson. A beautiful interpretation of a 19th century American masterpiece. (Inventory #: 11144)
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