Elsi Vassdal Ellis – No More Excuses


© 2020
edition of 3
dimensions in inches: 14 x 14 x 1



About this piece:

The narrative is a blending of fact and fiction focusing on the strategies of a woman who realizes she has no more excuses preventing her from cleaning out that closet while in COVID-19 lockdown. The narrative reveals the small excuses she still uses as she finally establishes a methodology for cleaning out THAT closet. Pansy, my husband’s grandmother, is part of the story. She was a quilter and when she passed away, she left me some of her fabric remnants. Each monochromatic color harmony page has the narrative confined to a traditional quilt shape. Each page of the book has at least one piece of Pansy fabric. And yes, the closet is cleaned out and the box of Pansy fabrics was discovered as the ultimate reward.


cloth, thread, buttons

About the artist:

Lives and works in Bellingham, Washington.

Elsi Vassdal Ellis taught design production and book arts at Western Washington University for 40 years, retiring in June 2017. As EVE Press she has produced over 150 editions via offset, letterpress and digital printing, and 127 unique books since 1983. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library.

About Alicia Bailey


Elsi Vassdal Ellis – No More Excuses

by Alicia Bailey time to read: 1 min