Inspired by two Burmese jade buttons I collected years ago, Wuxia films and graphic novels, Chinese romance novels, Korean historical dramas, and Yaoi fiction. An original poem plays with Western ideas of gender and allure.
Fourteen linen and cotton fabric pages are decorated with hand-embroidered and machine-sewn details, free-hanging beadwork vines, digital prints of porcelain and cloisonné I’ve collected from thrift stores, and hand-drawn ink paintings on fabric and recycled buffalo bone plaques.
Linen sewn tape binding anchors pages to two woodburned Brazil Cherry covers with accent cords of braided waxed polyester thread, glass, bone, porcelain, jade, and moss agate beads. Tucked into a back panel are two detachable working cufflinks made from the jade buttons, waxed polyester thread, and carved bone.
|Title||Two Jade Buttons|
|Press Name/Publisher||Crane Designs|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Phoenix, AZ|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Digitally-printed and gel transferred images on cotton fabric, hand-embroidered and hand-inked text and images|
|Number of Images/ Illustrations||14 pages with illustrations or text on on alternating verso-recto pages|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Linen tape binding with painted and woodburned Brazil Cherry covers|
|Medium/ Materials||Cotton fabric, waxed polyester thread, Brazil Cherry wood, glass beads, moss agate beads, porcelain snowflake bead, jade buttons, and carved and painted recycled buffalo bone|
|Paper Stock||Linen and cotton pages|
|Number of Pages||14 pages including endpapers and decorative edges of tape binding|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||4.5 x 3 x 2 inches closed|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed by the artist|