“Vessel” combines eco prints with a poem by Emily Dickinson.
WHERE ships of purple gently toss
On seas of daffodil,
Fantastic sailors mingle,
And then—the wharf is still.
This is a unique single signature book, 6.5” x 5.25”, with 30 contact printed pages using botanic specimens. It has a soft cover of dark purple Katie McGregor handmade paper and is housed in an eco printed silk bag, placed in a black fabric covered phase box lined with botanic contact prints. The Emily Dickinson poem is handwritten in copper ink.
It was included in “The Vessel Exhibition” which featured 43 works that travels across the U.S. from October 2015 through March 2017. The exhibition introduction says: “The book as vessel inspires beautiful metaphor – a craft for traveling, a container, a receiver, a transporter. Across time and culture, the vessel is at the center of many ceremonies and rites of passage. Native American cultures regarded the vessel as a portal to a sacred realm. The book as craft is the book worker’s vessel to sail the high seas, to hold dearest memories, and to indicate the pulse of life. Prompted to consider vessel, members interpreted the theme as they were so inspired. The work presented here is a vibrant and dynamic collection of Artist’s Books, Fine Bindings, Fine Press Printing, Calligraphy, and Sculptural Book Works that showcases both the history of the Book Worker’s craft, as well as contemporary interpretations of the book form.” Click here for a list of artists in the exhibition.