The linguistic phrase “on line” has come to have a different meaning that it once had. Once upon a time it referred to freshly laundered clothes hanging on a clothesline outside. This book emphasizes an awareness of the digital/mechanized aspects of modern life and the ways meanings of words and phrases change over time.
Artist’s back story for this book: Around 2005 I was noticing that due to awareness of global warming – as well as the expense of a mechanical dryer – “clothes lines” were making a come-back after a long absence. That reminded me that when I would ask my grandmother where my favorite shirt was she’d say “on line” referring to the clothesline in the back yard. Suddenly I thought of how meanings of words and phrases had changed over time without my conscious awareness. Likewise I was suddenly aware that my modern life was mechanically dominated perhaps in ways that I had not consciously chosen.
|Title||Linens and Things On Line|
|Place of Publication||Norman, Oklahoma|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Coptic bound pop up book.|
|Medium/ Materials||100 percent cotton handmade paper sheets created and then dyed for this project. Other papers were hand marbled or printed. Dyed handmade paper was glued over book binders board to make the stiff covers. The book was bound Coptic style using linen thread. The pop-up shapes and other “content” were cut from various sheets of paper, ink and acrylic accents were added as needed. Once the “clothes line” was run through the book the pieces were glued into place with archival glue. The title was produced by rubber stamps and ink.|
|Paper Stock||Handmade paper created and dyed by the artist.|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||4.5 x 6 x .5 inches (closed), 12 inch circle, 4.5 inches high (open)|
|Publication Date||February 2005|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed|