Denise Bookwalter and Lee Emma Running, “Lining”

Cover with laser engraved pattern, living hinge spine, laser cut title with rabbit skin backing and rabbit fur.

 

View of title page with printed detail of rabbit fur seen through a micro lens. Tray lined with rabbit fur.

 

First page, “Silky Solid Peach Fuzz” ready to fold out onto rabbit fur tray. Laser cut detail through page to lining fabric is detail image of fabric seen through a microscopic lens. On opposite page the section of the poem about “Felt” is visible.

 

Detail shot of “Silky Solid Peach Fuzz” page folded open and rabbit fur seen through laser cut page.

 

All five pages plus title page closed and stacked. The red fabrics inside are each of the five lining fabrics waiting to be read and unfolded.

 

Artist: Denise Bookwalter & Lee Running  (Tallahassee, FL)

Title: Lining (2013)

Medium/technique(s): letterpress, laser cut, laser engraved, paper, felt, ripstop nylon, silky solid polyester, knit, rabbit fur, and birch plywood

Edition size: 30

Number of pages: 6

Dimensions, open: 9.25″ x 28.75″ x 3.25″

Dimensions, closed: 9.25″ x 13.75″ x 3.5″

 

Artist Statement:

Lining is about the fabric in clothing that goes next to the skin. Many garments are lined with specific fabrics chosen for their softness, pattern or warmth. Lining represents five of these fabrics within its pages. Each of the five fabrics is mounted on a page that folds out revealing it as a lining of that page. Cut into the pages are microscopic images of each of the fabrics and a poem accompanies the lining fabric with a poetic description of the textiles. The book itself is lined with actual rabbit fur and prints of rabbit, also a material used for lining gloves and other warm clothing.

The conversation about this collaboration began last spring near the east shore of Lake Michigan at Oxbow during the Paper Book Intensive. Lee Emma Running and Denise Bookwalter were both instructors and participants for the first time. They taught each other and learned they worked well together and shared a common interest in pattern, texture, and textiles. A long distance conversation continued over the year and culminated in a one-week spring residency at Small Craft Advisory Press part of the Facility for Arts Research at Florida State University.

The book is made of an engraved birch plywood enclosure with a living hinge lined with rabbit fur. Letterpress printed pages are backed with felt, ripstop nylon, satin, silky solid polyester, and knit jersey. Pages are laser cut with interpretations of fabric as seen under the microscope.

Special thanks to all of the FAR and SCAP staff including Ashley Ivy, Allison Milham, and Michelle Ray. Additional thanks to FSU students Chaya Avramov and Dustin Clark. Funding for this project was provided by a faculty research grant from Grinnell College, and Small Craft Advisory Press.