Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Uncommon Book

A book of cloth pages embroider to look like notebook paper. The Roman numeral IV and the words "Common Threads" are center in black and green thread.Described as a self-consciously hand-made object, "Common Threads" by Candace Hicks is a hand-embroidered canvas book that some have also described as a sculpture.

Because it is shaped like a book, (or our expectations of a book, anyway), and because it has words on a "page," I am still left wondering about its "bookness." The narrative, as such, captures daily events as they emerge and get "jotted" down, (well, sewn in, actually).An embroidered page of writing.

"Her choice of the book as a principle medium is due to the phenomenon of the book as authoritative. Books provide an arena in which fiction can be accepted as fact and observations can take on a mythic narrative quality." -- Booklyn Artists Alliance
A cover page embroidered to resemble a red composition notebook.
Oh, this is Common Threads IV. The artist is still considering how and to what extent a series will emerge.

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