Susan Joy Share ~ Alaska

 
   
Needle books by Share  
   

Grace of Wit, of Tongue and Face
By Sir Walter Raleigh
interpretation by Susan Joy Share
Anchorage, Alaska: Susan Joy Share, 2011. Series Variant.

4.5 x 3.5 x 1"; 10 pages. Double sided accordion structure with closure of fabric loops and faux pencil made of rolled and sharpened fabric. Materials: paper, fabric, acrylic, ink, and pins.

Laid in protective archival fold-in closure adhered to pastedown. Cloth-covered wrap-around attached cover, title on spine, bone closure.

Susan Joy Share: "This accordion book with a wrap-around attached cover is an interpretation of a 16th-century poem by Sir Walter Raleigh. His vertical/horizontal verse can be read across or down. The book sits up on sized orange linen fringes, folds neatly into the cover and has a magnetic closure, and a faux pencil closure. The typed text is on both sides of the accordion. My prototype book is one in a series of possible formats for this playful poem."
$400


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Hand Spike
By Susan Joy Share
Anchorage, Alaska: Susan Joy Share, 1997. Series Variant.

10.5 x 5" closed, opens to 10.5 x 10.5 x 6"; 2 pages. Materials: paper, board, cloth and acrylic. Linen covered boards with linen loops. Laid in a four-flap paper folder with title on spine.

Susan Joy Share: "This piece attaches to the thumb and middle finger via two loops on the cover. Open and close your hand to activate the pop-up and create percussive sound. It was made as part of a performance book series."
$225

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The Shpilkes Series, needle books      

Susan Joy Share: "My mixed media needle books, the Shpilkes Series, contain miscellaneous typed quotes and phrases, images, multi-colored handmade felt, and collected stitch work. The pages of these functional containers for pins and needles are machine sewn to an accordion folded fabric strip to form a codex.

"Szpilka is a Polish word meaning nail. The Anglo-Yiddish phrase, to be on shpilkes means sitting on pins and needles, having nervous energy and being anxious or impatient."

   

Measure Up
By Susan Joy Share
Anchorage, Alaska: Susan Joy Share, 2011. Series variant, unique.

4.5 x 7x 1.5"; 10 pages. Materials: handmade felt, handmade paper, cardboard, acrylic, Tyvek, Mylar, plastic ruler, pins, and needles. Handsewn binding. Sewn and decorated cardboard covers with magnetic closure. Signed and dated.

A page of tipped on action verbs convey the message of "Measure Up" – squeeze, flex, swerve, brandish, beckon, search ....
$175


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Bare Feet
By Susan Joy Share
Anchorage, Alaska: Susan Joy Share, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

4.75 x 3.5 x 1"; 12 pages. Cloth, paper, handmade and machine made felt, plastic mesh, photos, acrylic, pins, and needles. One typed text page.

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair.
                                                       ~ Kahlil Gibran

(SOLD)

 

 


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Great Outfit
By Susan Joy Share
Anchorage, Alaska: Susan Joy Share, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

5.5 x 3.5 x .75"; 10 pages. Cloth, paper, handmade and machine made felt, cicada wings, photos, acrylic, pins, and needles. One typed text page.

Great outfit, mostly klunky, never wore it again.
do I want this ???????? I have no idea.
sensitive to changes ??? You bet.
Failed to address question - just one of the problems.

(SOLD)


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Now in the Mountains
By Susan Joy Share
Anchorage, Alaska: Susan Joy Share, 2009. Series Variant.

5 x 4 x 1"; 10 pages. Materials: paper, board, acrylic, felt, Mylar, pins, and needles. Machine stitched pages.

From the series of Shpilkes books. Shpilkes is Yiddish for nervous energy, hence (?) on pins and needles. The title of this book comes from John Muir's quotation (from his My First Summer in the Sierra), which has been typed on paper and stitched into the book.

"We are now in the mountains and they are in us, kindling enthusiasm, making every nerve quiver, filling every pore and cell in us…."

(SOLD)


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Off the Edge Brilliance
By Susan Joy Share
Anchorage, Alaska: Susan Joy Share, 2011. Series variant, unique.

9 x 6 x 2”; 6 pages. Materials: handmade felt, handmade paper, Mylar, cardboard, threads, button, machine embroidery, pins, and needles. Machine stitched binding with cardboard and mylar covers. Signed and dated.

Susan Joy Share: "The cover fabric and embroidery are from Thailand and Viet Nam. [Off the Edge Brilliance] has hand crocheted section with needle felted dots, wood block print of female statues at the Getty Museum, silk screen of medieval female armor on back cover."
(SOLD)


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Pinned as Prescribed
By Susan Joy Share

Anchorage, Alaska: Susan Joy Share, 2011. Series variant, unique.

5.5 x 4 x 1"; 10 pages. Materials: handmade felt, gel medium, fabric, thread, Mylar, pins, and needles. Machine stitching. Bound in cloth with gel medium. Machine stitched binding.

Susan Joy Share: "Images [include] kitchen utensils from vintage catalog, numbers from vintage price chart, self-portrait with spikes."
(SOLD)


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Sad Iron II
By Susan Joy Share
Anchorage, Alaska: Susan Joy Share, 2009. Series Variant.

5 x 3.5 x 1"; 10 pages. Materials: cloth, paper, hand- and machine-made felt, photos, Tyvek, acrylic, pins and needles. Machine stitched pages.

From the series of Shpilkes books. Shpilkes is Yiddish for nervous energy, hence (?) on pins and needles. Included among the pins, needles, and cloth pages is an image of a sad iron heater, used to heat irons. (Sad in this case was a term for solid, heavy, or dense.)
(SOLD)


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Soft Sanity
By Susan Joy Share
Anchorage, Alaska: Susan Joy Share, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

4.5 x 3.5 x 1"; 12 pages. Handmade and machine-made felt, cloth, paper, Mylar, colored pencil, pins, and needles.

Safety pins, straight pins, needles pierce the pages.

                    soft sanity
                       romantic hard edges
                  lone tip toe
                       stark knee jerk

                                      wrapped attitude
                  protected bottom line

                  point shoot pierce
                         bask pine eat sigh

(SOLD)


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Tides, Crests, Floods
By Susan Joy Share
Anchorage, Alaska: Susan Joy Share, 2009. Series Variant.

4 x 5”; 10 pages. Paper, Mylar, fabric, pins and needles, handmade and machine-made felt.

Susan Joy Share: "My mixed media needle books, the Shpilkes Series, contain miscellaneous typed quotes and phrases, images, multi-colored handmade felt, and collected stitch work. The pages of these functional containers for pins and needles are machine sewn to an accordion folded fabric strip to form a codex.

"Szpilka is a Polish word meaning nail. The Anglo-Yiddish phrase, to be on shpilkes means sitting on pins and needles, having nervous energy and being anxious or impatient."


The cover is a stitched-on photo of Share. The title words on paper are stitched on the last page. Other pages contain, of course, pins and needles.
(SOLD)

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Without a Kiss
By Susan Joy Share
Anchorage, Alaska: Susan Joy Share, 2009. Series Variant.

3.5 x 5”, 10 pages. Tyvek, Mylar, fabric, pins and needles, handmade and machine-made felt.

Susan Joy Share: "My mixed media needle books, the Shpilkes Series, contain miscellaneous typed quotes and phrases, images, multi-colored handmade felt, and collected stitch work. The pages of these functional containers for pins and needles are machine sewn to an accordion folded fabric strip to form a codex.

"Szpilka is a Polish word meaning nail. The Anglo-Yiddish phrase, to be on shpilkes means sitting on pins and needles, having nervous energy and being anxious or impatient."


The cover page contains a series of indiscriminate and partial narratives connected in that they all refer to gestures of affection. One line contains the phrase "without a kiss." Also on the cover page in the phrase "Kein Ayin Ha'ra," a Yiddish phrase meaning "No evil eye" and said after elaborate praise.
(SOLD)

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