For the Travel Stories Nautical Series, a one-of-a-kind artist book inspired by Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem, "Crossing the Bar", which my grandmother requested be read at her funeral.
Medium: Lithography, gel transfers, collage, assorted papers, glue, thread and 2 metal rings, Size (closed) 47 x 22 x 2 cm, 16 pages, November 2013.
This is the first of 8 unconventional journals cased in various styles of handbags inspired by my grandmother's travel slides created specifically to compliment each theme. Part fashion, part function, handbags (like the grandma aprons before it), are another persuasive and contradictory icon of women’s intimate lives.
Next project - Designing and printing money for the paper wallet book to finish the Shopkeeper's Series. The phrase on the bottom of each of the 5, double-sided bills for this biographical piece will be Bless Your Heart. (A Southern woman knows how to use that phrase to mean wildly different things)!