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Our memories are malleable and transformable, and over time, the stories we tell ever so slightly drift and shift. And with each retelling of the story, the ‘truth’ becomes harder and harder to see. The Dog's Tale uses that as a reference point and tells the story of a family dog. As you read through the pages, the story slowly changes as the image gradually comes into focus and the pages become more firmly attached. By intentionally mis-registering the layers of images and by changing how each page is sewn, I was able to control the clarity of the image and the fragility of the story from start to finish.

Print Gocco on tulle, silk, cotton, Polyfil, Rives Lightweight, glass beads
26" x 17"


Book opened to the 2nd page.

Part of a series of ‘pillow books’ about our tenuous hold on our memories. I chose the pillow form as a metaphor for memories because they cradle our heads (the physical repository of our memories) when we sleep (the time when our memories are formed).

The images are Gocco printed on tulle, a very loose mesh of netting material. When a single printed layer of tulle is viewed, the image is barely visible. But when several layers of the printed tulle are stacked and registered, the image appears. Again, much like ideas that need to be frequently reinforced in order to form a strong memory.