Edition of 14: 2004
Dobbin Mill papers (translucent abaca, and cotton rag/flax), human hair
Letterpress printed at Artist Press in South Africa
8.75″ x 13.5″ x .75″
Clew focuses on the marriage tree in a Hindu temple in Durban, South Africa. The text discusses a Hindu ritual where young women wrap a tree with silk threads as a prayer to acquire a husband. The text, printed in thin lines of red across a translucent paper, represents the thread wrapped trees and crosses over pulp painted commentary on both its front and back: making connections between marriage and bondage / text and textile. The final sentence is printed on a hanging tag, which is spun in order to be read. And the book’s end contains the prize: a ‘husband’ bound in thread.