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A Burlap Bloom is a collaborative artist's book. Eder J. Williams Mc Knight wrote a collection of six poems for the project and the book was designed, letterpress printed, and hand bound by me. I was inspired by the resourcefulness of the Gee’s Bend quilters and the strength of spirit and hope inherent in keeping one’s hands busy and one’s mind focused on something higher, whether it be beauty or craft and whether out of necessity or aesthetic pleasure. In a similar manner, my mother and grandmother ingrained in me a love of craft and creativity to keep my hands busy and my mind focused on something higher. Eder too is descended from a long line of women crafters and quilters. Her poems connote that history as well as her experience as an African American woman who grew up in the South. The images of the book were inspired by aerial landscapes and microscopic images of plants, particularly some of the plants that are native to the southeastern United States and to which I have a deep-rooted connection through memories of growing up inthat area.The book includes images inspired by forsythia, wisteria, dogwood, azalea, rhododendron, and jasmine, among others.

A Burlap Bloom
A Burlap Bloom
Letterpress printed, handmade paper, photopolymer and linoleum reduction text and images, hand-bound
8"Hx8.5"Wx.25"D
2013