Cumberland, 1918 is a part of the In Memoriam series. These are books that are meant to be carried with you, for looking at and remembering someone (or a pet) who has died. Cumberland, 1918 shows how a surviving member of a family might mourn and remember family members killed during the flu epidemic of that year. Creating books in this series comes from exploring the history, craft, and culture of early American and British sewing samplers, made mostly by young girls to learn the practical craft of sewing but also to learn letters and spelling. Memorial samplers became popular in the late 18th century and frequently included lines from the bible or poems that helped capture the sentiments felt by the embroiderer.
|Place of Publication||Martinez, California|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Hand stitched cloth accordion with cloth cover|
|Medium/ Materials||Wool and wool felt for cover, linen cloth with silk, cotton, rayon, and polyester threads|
|Number of Pages||10 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||4 x 5 x 1.5 inches closed. Extends out to 32 inches.|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed by the artist|