New Works in Inventory from Marian Crane

The Truth Remains 2.0 by Marian Crane

The Truth Remains 2.0 by Marian Crane

Marian Crane recently sent three new works. Her stitched, embroidered and beaded artist books has always been popular with fans of “Uncommon Threads.”

Marian tells us about The Truth Remains 2.0:

On a striped white linen background, over sixty layered sewn collages of found and commercial fabric, digitally printed images, text, glass beads, hand-inked text, embroidered text, and carved bone and pewter charms weave a text about the National Rifle Association’s disturbing links with white supremacist groups, foreign governments, and Christian theocratic factions within and without the United States of America.

“Ignore the Truth. Forget the Name. Rewrite the History. Erase the Word. Silence the Voice. Destroy the Haven. Pass the Blame. The Truth Remains.”

The central text is embroidered in red thread atop heavily altered fabric-printed maps of school shooting locations, NRA headquarters, Washington DC, and Mar-a-Lago…   Continue reading about The Truth Remains 2.0 here.

See all three of Marian’s new books in inventory here.



New Artists @ 23 Sandy: Barbara Ciurej and Lindsey Lochman

Click here to watch a video of this book in action.

Barbara Ciureg and Lindsay Lochman have been collaborating on photography and publishing project since they met in art school in the 1970’s. 23 Sandy is very pleased to present three of their powerful projects in gallery inventory.

The first and most thrilling: Pliant History 

Pliant History by Lindsay Lochman and Barbara Ciurej

Pliant History by Lindsay Lochman and Barbara Ciurej

From the artist statement: To expand the current discourse of power, Ciurej and Lochman requested women to “assume the pose” of Michelangelo’s imposing figures of authority – the prophets and sibyls from the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The presence of these seers and storytellers symbolically validated prevailing institutional power. Stripped of thrones, books, and robes, their contemporary counterparts confront history and embody another type of knowledge.

Printed on translucent vellum, images from the past overlay the present, creating moments of hybridity and fusion. Together, the figures transcend the binaries of male/female, past/present, strength/weakness, intellect/emotion. The structure of Pliant History allows the viewer to literally turn the page on the past, suggesting other narratives and possibilities.

The images are interwoven with excerpts from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, underscoring the inevitability of change.”

Watch a video of Pliant History here.

Click here to see all three books by this dynamic duo, including Twitter FEED (shown at left) and Processed Views.



23 Sandy Thank You Book #5 – Celebrating Hedi Kyle’s New Book!

Thank You Book #5 debuts on this most exciting day for book artists around the world—the official release of Hedi Kyle’s new book, The Art of the Fold, which she wrote with her daughter, Ulla Warchol.

Hedi has been a huge inspiration since I first discovered book arts 21 years ago. You may remember how much I gushed when she visited Portland for the Hello Hedi exhibition we held at 23 Sandy Gallery in 2015—probably the best show we ever did. In fact, we still receive orders for books from the show.

You can still find the full online catalog of Hello Hedi here.

Thank You Books are a series of books celebrating the first 10 years of 23 Sandy Gallery and the plan is to create 10 over the next year or so. All free, open-edition books, perhaps one-sheet wonders, perhaps not. But, all aimed at thanking the oh so many friends, artists, librarians, visitors and supporters of the gallery.

Download a free PDF of the Hedi’s Thank You Book by clicking here or on the thumbnail at left. For best results, print on 11 x 17 inch paper then follow the step-by-step instructions to cut out and fold into the Interlocking Loops book shown above. I printed mine at Staples on 67# text weight stock for less than a buck and they look great. You could also reduce to fit on letter-size paper for an even smaller book.

For anyone interested in collecting all of the books in this series, click here to download PDFs of all four previous Thank You books. Plus, watch this blog for future releases.

Happy folding,


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