|Artist / Creator||Julie McIntyre|
|Place of Publication||Vancouver, Canada|
|Process / Technique||4 colour hand printed lithographs & laser print|
|Structure / Binding||Sewn Pamphlet style|
|Medium / Materials||Hand embroidery, hemp cord lacing paper cone straps, metal clasp|
|Paper Stock||Kinugawa kozo and rag paper|
|Number of Pages||10 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4" (Strap:16") x 6 x .25 inches closed.|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
The Guard's Purse is part of the Travel Stories series (2007-2016) which consists of 8 artist books cased as various styles of handbags, 8 squared quilts and 8 wearable aprons all made with paper, ink and thread. The series was inspired by a box of exquisite photographs taken by my paternal grandmother during her world travels on cargo ships during the 1960s and 70s. I didn't have a copy of her passport from these voyages, but I thought it would be appropriate to create one to go with the Guard's apron and quilt. I used left over hand printed lithographs I created from her slides of sentries and embroidered entrance and exit VISAs for places I had discovered she had been. I just loved the idea of having an embroidered passport for identification, even though I admit, my grandmother was a far more accomplished needle worker than me.
Artist BioPrint and fiber artist, Julie McIntyre studied at the Banff Centre, Alberta in 1986 and received her BFA from Queen's University, Canada with a major in printmaking. She has had solo shows in 19 public galleries throughout Canada and participated in well over 40 juried exhibitions, including 21 international credits to date. Although Julie is primarily a master printmaker, four of her major series beginning in 1994 included artist books. Julie has taught printmaking workshops across Canada and is an artist in residence with the Vancouver School Board and ArtStarts in Schools. In 2014 Julie received the City of Vancouver Mayor's Award for her long-time volunteer work in the artist run advocacy group CARFAC BC.