About this piece:
The artifacts included in this book pay tribute to my mother who passed away in 2010 at the age of 102. She loved birds and nature in general and always delighted in observing the simple pleasures of being aware of the beauty of her surroundings. I traded a table for the antique bird buttons and some cash. The rectangular bone artifacts are from a bracelet my mother often wore when I was a child. The bird on the back cover represents my father who died when my mother was 60. The button on the back cover is from our button basket, probably once on my grandfather’s underwear. I have included a photo of my mom as a young girl but removed other keepsakes from the text block on the outside chance that the book sells. I would be happy to share my mother’s good karma with others, just as she did in life. The technique is coptic stitching with waxed linen thread. The covers are maple wood. The end papers are Florentine. The windows are mica.
wood, paper, plastic buttons, bone, linen thread, photo
Susan Edwards is a studio artist living in St Thomas and teaching art at the University of the Virgin Islands in the winter and retreating to her cabin by a stream in the mountains of East Tennessee in the summer. Her work is informed by her travels and short and long walks through the woods.