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Since 1988 Stephanie Mahan Stigliano has created artist's books. Using her skills as a painter and printmaker she uses materials ranging from cloth to bottle caps.
   

Eat Your Veggies books in Woodcuts
Winter Books

 
   
Little Dude
By Stephanie Stigliano
Maiden, Massachusetts: Stephanie Mahan Stigliano, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

2.75 x 3.75"; 16 pages. Accordion structure. Watercolor, pen and ink with colored pencil. Bound in paste-paper-covered boards. In hand crafted slipcase with "Little Dude" image. Signed and dated by the artist.

Stephanie Stigliano: "I made this as an example of a 'collection' which was an assignment that I gave to my students."

Stephanie Stigliano currently teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. The collection assignment for her students is to produce a book with a series of related images. Little Dude images are of the things that Stigliano's cat decided to eat – a frozen pea, leaf of a Brussels sprout, a noodle and ....
$300

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Man Vs. Animal
By Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Massachusetts: Stephanie Mahan Stigliano, 2010. Edition of 40.

4.75 x 6.25"closed, 12 x 17.75" open; 8 pages. Single sheet with linocuts. Housed in black paper slipcase.

Colophon: "This book is a visual record of animals encountered while traveling by car. Speeding at 75 mph, we have drive-by glimpses of the natural world. The Great Blue Heron was initially developed as an image of hope but was reworked after the oil disaster of spring 2010 in Louisiana. We relentlessly press forward into the future until our tanks are empty. The car we are driving in our one-point perspective travels to oblivion in this oil-soaked vision."
$300

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By the Wayside
By Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Malden, Massachusetts: Stephanie Stigliano, 2005. Edition of 10.

5 x 6.5 x 3.2" closed; extends to 32". Accordion book of five wood blocks hinged with book cloth. Two wood pages glued together to form the each block. Three-color woodcut print and photocopy transfer.

Stigliano: "While at the residency at Round Top Center for the Arts in Damariscotta, Maine, I drew pictures of plants growing by the side of the road. I worked each of these into a three-color woodcut print for the images on one side (darker, I think of this side as dusk). The other side has the poem (photocopy transfer). These prints (dawn) have the inked side down; glued to the wood panel — the back side of the print is what is visible. This gives the prints a softness and different color saturation distinct from the other side. The poem is about what is passed by unnoticed."
$500


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Your Zoo at Two
By Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Malden, Massachusetts: Stephanie Stigliano, 2004. Edition of 10.

5 x 5 x 4" closed; 36" extended. Double-sided accordion hinged with bookbinder's cloth. 16 woodcuts of animals on 8 pages.

Stigliano: "I think of it as sort of a chunk of book. It's very block-like and sturdy. I took some of the children's blocks which my husband and I made for them. We used scraps of wood and drew pictures of their animals on them. The kids, Angela and Raphael, actually drew on blocks, too. We saved them. The children are a little older now and no longer playing with blocks. I turned them into woodcut blocks which I used to carve the images into. I used the actual blocks for making the prints. I glued two pieces of wood then hinged them with binder's cloth."
$300

   
   

Clap Your Hands
By Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Malden, Massachusetts: Stephanie Stigliano, 1991. One-of-a-Kind.

Six 2.75 x 4.25" mahogany panels carved and painted to construct a Jacob's ladder.

This Jacob's Ladder has images of hands carved in the Egyptian fashion, recessed below a flat surface. Each panel has familiar sayings about hands: living from hand to mouth, I have him eating out of my hand. When the ladder is unfolded it makes a clapping sound.
$350

 


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Winter in New England
   

Winter Windows
By Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Malden, Massachusetts: Stephanie Stigliano, 2005. Edition of 10.

5 x 6.4" accordion book with five panels/pages showing the progression from winter morning to winter evening in Massachusetts. Digital photographs and mulberry paper on wood panels.

One of two books Stigliano created to capture the winter contrasts: warm and cold, inside and out, dark and light. Stigliano: "I took pictures through the windows last winter; looking through layers of frost, fog and snow into the night. These are digital photographs that are attached to wood panels and layered under mulberry paper. The long fiber of the paper creates snowy patterns over the photographs. The layers have been coated with a water resistant protective seal."

A day's worth of worthy winter windows.
$200

 

 



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Winter Book
By Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Malden, Massachusetts: Stephanie Stigliano, 2004. Edition of 10.

6.5 x 5" double-sided accordion hinged by bookcloth. Digital photographs and mulberry paper on wood panels. Poem printed on the hinges.

Stigliano: "I took pictures through the windows last winter; looking through layers of frost, fog and snow into the night. These are digital photographs that are attached to wood panels and layered under mulberry paper. The long fiber of the paper creates snowy patterns over the photographs. The layers have been coated with a water resistant protective seal."

If you've lived through a cold, snowy winter, Stigliano's images — the muted colors, the world mediated by frost-covered windows — will strike home.
$200

 

 



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Woodcut Text and Images

Stephanie Stigliano: "This pair of books combines text and image. I played with the names, shapes and colors of healthy food. After drawing the vegetables, which my neighbors showed me how to cook, they shared a meal and helped me with the Chinese translation and calligraphy.

"The images began as posters for an installation for Windows Art of Malden, which is an annual event. Local storeowners offer artists their windows as exhibition space. I was paired with All Seasons Table, a Pan-Asian restaurant. Choosing a variety of interestingly shaped vegetables and fruits from the nearby Asian market, I designed, carved and printed a number of posters with ingredients from the restaurant’s cuisine. Later, I reworked these images into the book format and added text to the back of the panels. The English and Chinese versions both recommend eating five vegetables and fruits per day for health. When cooking for my own family, I consider the nutritional and aesthetic value of the food I serve."

   

Eat Your... (English)
By Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Malden, Massachusetts: Stephanie Mahan Stigliano, 2008. Edition of 20.

5 x 6.5 x 2.5" closed; extends to 32.5". Accordion book of six wood panels hinged with book cloth. Multi-plate color woodcuts mounted on wood panel.
$500


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Eat Your... (Chinese)
By Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Malden, Massachusetts: Stephanie Mahan Stigliano, 2008. Edition of 20.

5 x 6.5 x 2.5" closed; extends to 32.5". Accordion book of six wood panels hinged with book cloth. Multi-plate color woodcuts mounted on wood panel.
$500


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Stephanie Mahan Stigliano Out of Print Title:
• Summer at the Beach
 
   

City Sights and Sounds
By Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Malden, Massachusetts: Stephanie Stigliano, 2004. Edition of 5.

4.25 x 3.5 x 2.75"lidded box. Slot in lift off lid. Bottle caps serve as pages. Collographs and hand painted. Handmade paper applied to sides.

This is one in a series of memory banks with bottle cap coins as 'pages.' Stigliano wrote the accompanying poem then dissected and included parts of it on the sides of the caps. The box is carved in low relief with collographs and hand painting. The handmade paper is from reeds collected near her house.
$500 (SOLD)


 


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Places Where...
By Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Massachusetts: Stephanie Mahan Stigliano, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

6.5 x 6.5" closed; 5 tulip folds. Vintage handkerchiefs backed with paper (Kitikata and/or Mulberry). Images a combination of monoprint and collage. Paper covered boards. Signed and dated by the artist.

Stigliano's handkerchief books were inspired by her mother, who passed away in 2012, and left behind a collection of memorabilia.

Stephanie Stigliano: "This book is about a child experiencing nature through the five senses."
$650 (SOLD)

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Temporary Passage
By Stephanie Mahan Stigliano
Massachusetts: Stephanie Mahan Stigliano, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

7.5 x 7.75"; 4 tulip folds. Vintage handkerchiefs backed with paper (Kitikata and/or Mulberry). Images painted in gouache on watercolor paper. Signed and dated by the artist.

Stigliano's handkerchief books were inspired by her mother, who passed away in 2012, and left behind a collection of memorabilia.

Stephanie Stigliano: "This book is about my mother and her stories."
$700 (SOLD)

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