A most interesting commission. I was asked to create a wedding gift for a couple who were well established in their careers and lives; they certainly didn't need a vacuum cleaner. A wedding book seemed like a good idea, but I disliked the frill, over-the-top tomes that primarily emphasized the happiness of the bride.
I have long been attracted to Shunga, Japanese erotica often constructed in the form of a pillow book and presented to new brides as an instruction manual. I found this to be a practical (and humorous) idea, and stoked by a copy of 400 sex positions for $1.00 I bought from a street vendor, this formed the reference for the wedding book –an adaptation of the classic tradition.
It is accordion shaped, opening to reveal seven pillows, one for each day of the week. One side illustrates a sex position; the reverse side contains a quote from a noted source in regards to an aspect of marriage relating to the image. The seventh day is allotted for a (well needed) rest.
I used materials perceived as masculine and feminine in the book's creation, to honor the groom as well as the bride. An intermix of techniques was applied, including hand and machine sewing hand dyeing, appliqué, painting, embroidery, photo transfer, quilting and the creation of an email transformed into fabric paper. The inside contains a dedication to the authors of the quotes and a place for the cards of well-wishers.