Blue Lines, White Cotton
By Ann Batchelor Hursey
Seattle: Lou Cabeen, 2009. Edition of 30.
4 x 6"; 8 unnumbered pages. Accordion structure. Letterpress printed on Hahnemühle copperplate. Set in 14 pt. Bodoni and printed in dark blue inks. Printed at the School of Visual Concepts (Seattle). Illustrated using iron-on embroidery transfers. Slipped into a commercial vellum envelope. Signed by the poet and artist.
A poem about a Great-Grandmother teaching a young child to embroider. Words by Washington poet, Ann Batchelor Hursey, with printing and illustration by Lou Cabeen.
She showed me how to iron hot blue lines from paper patterns onto warm white cotton.
I learned to thread the largest needle's eye and then pull yellow floss through calico.
Lou Cabeen: "I used iron-on embroidery patters to mark the paper. These transfers can change color slightly over time, like the memories they evoke, while the core experience, represented by the letterpress printed poem will remain unchanged."