Alphabet for a Belly Dancer by Shu-Ju Wang


A sentimental prayer/poem for belly dancers, Alphabet for a Belly Dancer captures the essence of belly dance through word play and a rhythmic pattern that mimics the dance itself.

Bound in a pull-out accordion structure with wrap-around cover in Japanese Masa Unwaxed and French handmade paper Mouchette Almond (pale green), finished with hand-dyed rayon ribbon, coins, and beads. The protective envelope is made with a shimmering dark turquoise 89lb cover stock. Excerpt from text (E through H) reads: Enchant, with the intricate movements of your Feet, gliding, stepping to the beat of the drum. Grace, with sweeps of your arms, hems of your skirts, your Hands, beckoning, drawing them to your kingdom.  

Artist Bio

Born and raised in Taiwan, and trained as an engineer, Shu-Ju Wang settled in Oregon after stays in Saudi Arabia, California, and New Jersey. In 2000, she left engineering to become a full time artist. With an immigrant’s eye, Shu-Ju paints a portrait of her sometimes wonderful, sometimes unsettling, first generation American life. Shu-Ju tells us, "With a few exceptions, my editioned artist's books are created with the Print Gocco and can be found at rare book collections and university libary collections throughout North America; they have also been featured in numerous publications. My work tends to be personal and intimate, and like everyone else's lives, that means things range from introspective to wacky to political indignation. And where I go, my books go."