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Catalog Jan 2015: Around the Kitchen
Vamp and Tramp have put together a collection of coooking and food-related artist's books for sale. My list is the longest—I guess it's obvious this is an obsession with me!

Catalog May 2015: Body Parts
This is Vamp and Tramp's collection of artist's books that have a body part within the pages. Five of my books are included in this list of works for sale.


With You and Others
January 9 to April 2016
Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Queen's University Kingston, Ontario

Curated by Kevin Rodgers, With You and Others is an exhibition of artists' books and other printed matter donated to the Agnes Etherington art Centre by artist and collector Ted Rettig. The exhibition treats the book as both object and image, reconsidering the encounter with the page, and contemplates reading as a performative and personal act. With You and Others looks at books as places of both solitude and sharing through works by John Baldessari, John Greer, Lise Melhorn-Boe, General idea, Gerhard Richter, Clive Robertson, Ed Ruscha, Ian Wallace, Joyce Wieland and others.

UAB Project: uncovering artists' books
March 26 to May 15 with Opening on Sunday, April 3: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Grimsby Public Art Gallery
18 Carnegie Lane Grimsby, Ontario

Curated by Geraldine Davis, UAB Project investigates artists' books, bringing us the opportunity to experience the intimate relationships with literature, visual culture and documentation that they deliver. Artists’ books form an integral part of most art movements; many important painters, sculptors and especially printmakers have chosen to make book arts a significant part of their practices. Experimental and collaborative attitudes prevail in these objects; contemporary examples incorporate new technologies and digital formats into the genre of artists’ books.

Sustenance in Artists' Books
January 25 to April 30, 2016

Great Reading Room, 7th Floor
Glickman Family Library
University of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine

Just One Look
March 28 to July 29, 2016

Special Collections Library
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

The RE Books
April 29 to June 10, 2017

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre
Suite 305, 370 King Street West
Kingston ON K7L 2X4


Rhythm in the Visual Book
Saturday & Sunday, March 5 & 6: 10a.m. to 5p.m.
CBBAG Bindery, 180 Ward St., Unit 207, Toronto

In this workshop we will explore the relationship between text and images in an artist’s book. We’ll talk about which comes first—does it make a difference? Through a series of exercises, we will examine ways of using images and text to create movement in a book. Looking beyond image as illustration for text, we will explore how images can modify or contradict the text.

For Saturday, the students should bring magazines to cut up, or any images of the student's own to cut up, i.e. rejected / left-over prints or drawings, paintings on paper, fabric, etc. for exercises in pacing. On Sunday, students will be using some of the concepts learned on Saturday to create a dummy for a possible project, so will need images and, if desired, text of their own.

This workshop is geared to book artists with some experience.

Members: $170
Non-members: $230
Materials fee: $20


After the Coma
Working on my Environment/health series got me thinking about re-cycling; trying to market a line of up-cycled t-shirts left me with a lot of small pieces of knit fabric. Inspired by Annette Messager's Sewn Words series
2015, Kingston. (22 x 54″ when open ) Unique. NFS

After the Coma

This book was created using Barbara Tetenbaum and Julie Chen's Artist's Book Ideation Cards. Using these cards is a great way to step outside the box. Instructed to use found text, I chose the title from a billboard and text from magazines. But one of the adjective cards said: "Scientific or research-based," so I also consulted the library and have incorporated quotes from three books about happiness: "Happy at Last," by Richard O'Connor, "How We Choose to Be Happy," by Rick Foster and Greg Hines, and "14,000 things to be happy about," by Barbara Ann Kipfer. The elaborate accordion pop-up book has five spreads.
2015, Kingston. (10.75 x 8 x 1″ when closed and 10.75 x approx. 6 feet long when open ) Edition of 10. $600



Visit the SEWING page on this website to see samples of Lise's home decor sewing. Lise is now making eco-cushions from remnants of fabric. Lise is making them to order, with the customer choosing the fabrics and colours, if desired. Call (613) 542-3923.

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