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embroidery (visual works), canvas embroidery, books and reading in art, artists' books


1 volume, 8 pages. Unique book, hand sewn artist's book, embroidery by Candace Hicks. "Candace Hicks 2017"--sewn into foot of page [8]. Hand-embroidered canvas soft sculpture book, with a pattern of ocean waves? embroidered in blue thread on the front and back covers. Black fabric spine. Text sewn in black thread; page lines in light blue; margin lines in red. The look of the spine and interior pages mimic a dime store composition book. "Common Threads, a series of hand-embroidered unique canvas books which copy the form and design of dime-store 'composition' books. The books themselves, self-consciously hand-made objects, are a record of coincidental occurrences generally gleaned from reading or mundane events. The use of embroidery thread allows for the production of the text and image with the same mark and material, to make the text, image and substance of the book inseparable. Artist's statement: Storytelling is key to Candace Hicks' artistic practice. There is an implied narrative in everything, even, as Hicks addresses with her work, in the seemingly pointless mental wheel spinning that is a part of daily life. Her work acknowledges the unavoidability of simulation and the impossibility of originality. Her choice of the book as a principle medium is due to the phenomenon of the book as authoritative. Books provide an arena in which fiction can be accepted as fact and observations can take on a mythic narrative quality. Her interest in books also stems from their inherent unity of text and image, which lends books continued relevance as a transmedia hybrid."--Description from Booklyn Artists Alliance website,, viewed 07/12/2017.

RISD Fleet Library Catalog Record


[Nacogdoches, Texas] : Candace Hicks, [2017]


©Hicks, Candace, Nacogdoches, TX: Candace Hicks, 2017.

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embroidery (visual works); paper


23 cm

Common Threads, Volume LXXX



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