Erin Sweeney – To Please My Fancy


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


About this piece:

To Please My Fancy was a book I created to do just that–to please my own fancy. I was playing with images of tools and hardware from my own toolbox, screenprinting them onto handkerchiefs, and then embellishing them with beads, sequins, and embroidery. My sewing box and my toolbox were joining efforts in this book. The text, from an old tool pamphlet circa 1719, is included in Eric Sloane’s book, A Museum Of Early American Tools.

My part time job for the last 14 years has been in construction. Often, the contrast of building something “to last”, and the building of something “to please his fancy” comes up in my work.


handkerchiefs, sequins, embroidery floss, beads

About the artist:

Erin Sweeney lives and works in southern New Hampshire. She received her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she was awarded the Elizabeth C. Roberts Prize for Graduate Book Arts. She also has a BFA in Sculpture from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Sweeney exhibits nationally, most recently at the Carroll House Gallery in Keene, NH, and Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, Sweeney is an instructor, teaching workshops at many locales. She is also adjunct faculty at the NH Institute of Art in Manchester, NH.

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Erin Sweeney – To Please My Fancy

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