Alicia Bailey – Blue


© 2009
edition of 1
dimensions in inches: 3 x 3.25 x .5

In stock

This small book is made from 2 sheets of hand-made paper, using one of my favorite bindings, the stiff leaf binding. Blue began when I pulled some Abaca sheets during a PBI workshop at Arrowmont in May 2008. The sheets had a black base, inclusions of mica washers and some discarded paint sketches by my friend and collaborative partner Heidi Zednik. I sent the sheets to Heidi to work on. She returned them just as I launched my first Book a Week series – so Blue became the first in the series.

Includes this poem by Anna Blonstein called Is This a Manifestation Of?, published in Primavera, vol 14/15, 1991

It isn’t mentioned in anatomy or physiology books.
It feels blue, this discus lodged inside,

hidden beneath my skin, tucked under my left breast.

(images of glowing spaceships, shivering light).

This blue – is it called electric?

the vile artificial blue of sno-cones

(bright, enticing without specific flavor)

I find nothing like it in nature, except perhaps
the iridescent wings of the Blue Morpho butterfly.

Fuzzy round the edges

(street lamps in a fog)

Other than a gentle tremble, it doesn’t move much.
I worry that it’s dangerous, or a threat.

Other times the familiar twinge offers comfort
despite the slight constriction
(the caught breath)

I can’t tell you more.
It isn’t mentioned in anatomy or physiology books.

Housed in custom drop spine box.


handmade paper, acrylic, thread, mica, leather, book board, butterfly wing

About the artist:

Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists’ books, sculptural books and limited edition books. Alicia’s work embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. It has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections. An archive of her work in the book arts is under development at Penrose Special Collections, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.


Alicia Bailey – Blue