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52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 29
Today I visited the National Museum of African Art to meet my mentor and show her fifteen new textile pages.
I've been interested in how we read textile pages before they are bound and after they are bound.
One of the things I've noticed is how people tend to hold the unfinished pages much longer when the pages are unbound. They seem less afraid to "handle" the pages and seem to enjoy looking at the back stitching and artwork. (Once the pages are bound, the backsides are no longer visible.)
Vintage Velvet, Embroidery & Silkscreens
This week's book See Us is about bringing to light that which has been in the dark. See Us, is also the title of the main poem in the book. I silkscreened the poem on the textile page. When the text was dry, I hand embroidered glass beads to the page.
To further the motif of "see us" I printed many of the images with a pale ink on the dark velvet. This created haunting, ghost-like imagery.
The finished book: The poetic interweaving of rare African textiles, modern fibers, original imagery, and poetry.