Desert Dreaming is a collection of 30 books, artifacts and envelopes housed in a lunch-box styled box that exploits the many Hedi Kyle structures to tell the fictional archaeology tale of HK. The box was “delivered” to a University of Copenhagen professor of cross-cultural studies while she was visiting family in Wiesbaden, Germany. The box was originally found in the war-ravaged section of Old Aleppo, Syria, by Nr. Nazim Azmeh, the long-time contact agent in Aleppo for HK. HK’s identity, age and gender are not known. All that is known of HK must be inferred from the contents of the box: an archaeologist in search of a significant discovery, a keen observer of human behavior with a prophetic voice regarding the future of Greater Syria, the sibling of a brother in Parisian fashion design, a solitary traveller and explorer, an author, a collector of the material world and maker of artifacts.
Winner: The Hedi Kyle Award. Congratulations, Elsi!
|Title||Desert Dreaming: Explorations & Excavations of HK in Greater Syria|
|Artist/Creator||Elsi Vassdal Ellis|
|Press Name/Publisher||EVE Press|
|Place of Publication||Bellingham, WA|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Epson C88+ DuraBrite Ultra inks, Cameo Silhouette electronic cutter; Sizzix die-cutting|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||A collection of 30 books bound using Hedi Kyle structures|
|Medium/ Materials||Davey board, lapis lazuli and carnelian stone beads, metal beads, marble tile, facsimile pottery shard, facsimile cuneiform tablet, silkworm cocoon, bone, sea shell, pistachio shell, cotton seeds, Chicago posts, leather, synthetic "leather"|
|Paper Stock||Cougar Opaque 100#, 80# and 65# cover; 80# and 60# text; French 100# cover in various colors; scrapbooking 65# colored covers; Japanese calligraphy paper|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||11.13 x 10.875 x 4.38 inches.|
|Edition Size||Boxed set: 10; books sold individually 15 each (total edition 25)|
|Box/ Wrapper||Box with a hinged lid, closure and handle|