2.5 x 3 inches
Hand stitched artist’s book
By Catherine Mommsen Scott
Sumer is a true miniature* (2.5 x 3 inches) hand-stitched artist book.**
This book is 100% hand stitched and is suggestive of a very ancient, but advanced, civilization that embraced philosophy and the arts. The Sumerians perfected the cultivation of grain, which afforded them the opportunity to do more than simply survive.
The work is all intuitive and meditative, a process of hours of purposeful stitching, of adding and subtracting, balancing and shaping.
Most pages are of sturdy cotton utility cloth, with overlays of linen and silk. The stitches are worked with 100% cotton embroidery and sashiko thread. These materials comprise a book that is acid-free.
* In the US, a miniature book must not exceed three (3) inches in any dimension.
**I am sometimes asked what artist’s books are for. Artist’s books are three-dimensional works of art, just as sculptures, paintings, collages and drawing are works of art. The distinction is that artist’s book are in one of several book forms (codex [what we usually think of as a book, with two covers and pages bound together inside] scroll, accordion, and many other variations) and contain a series of works of art within. They are for the same purpose as any other work of art, although some are interactive in the sense that spaces are left for the owner to add their own art to the original, or the book may include journaling cards and/or pages.
(Paintings, drawings and collages are normally single two-dimensional pieces normally displayed on vertical surfaces such as walls or panels. Each piece is a stand alone work of art although they may also be one of a series. Sculptures are three-dimensional art objects, usually displayed on a horizontal surface such as a shelf or table, as are artist’s books.)
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