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Text vest I. Jabberwocky
Bib ID 7327229
Format ObjectObject [text, sheet]
Herel, Dorothy, 1939-2016, artist
Description [Losne, France and Canberra, Australia] : Dorothy Herel, 1991 
1 paper vest ; 73 x 43.5 cm (folded to 36 x 22 cm), in box 27 x 36.5 x 3.5 cm 

An artist's book that can be worn as well as read, produced in collaboration with the French maker and restorer of paper, Michel Guet (with whom Dorothy Herel was awarded an Australia Council Research Grant in 1991 to further explore papermaking), as well as the French typographer and printer, Thierry Bouchard. The work was completed in Canberra. In her obituary for Dorothy Herel, Elizabeth Cross notes that in the 1980s the artist (who made no distinction between the applied arts and so-called 'pure art') designed costumes for the Canberra based dance companies the Human Veins Dance Theatre (Under the Skin, 1980, Illusions, and Maya, 1985) and the Meryl Tankard Company (Banshee, 1989). In the same period, she also produced exquisite and original clothing (which existed in a realm between haute couture and nouvelle vague, and transcended the boundaries between art and clothing), before going on to produce this transitional work. In her essay in Fragmented Threads (1997), Elizabeth Cross further notes, "Text Vest acts as a cipher, transcending the genre from which it is drawn to become, like the Lewis Carroll text it incorporates, a punning, witty, poetic item of equivocal status."


"This vest, designed by Dorothy Herel, was made with hand made paper by Michel Guet in Cléron, and printed by Thierry Bouchard in Losne, with a text in English and French, Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, in an edition of 20 copies in July 1991. This project was assisted by the Australia Council."-Colophon.

Vest made from pleated handmade paper, cotton thread and metal eyelets, with a portion of the text of Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky (and other lines of repeated letters) letterpress printed in English and French respectively on the front and verso. The folded vest is wrapped by a 97 mm wide paper belly band with colophon information printed in red ink, a stamped impression of the Australia Council logo, and the edition number, artist's signature, and date in pencil.

In box with spine title: Text vest I. Jabberwocky. The box has a wooden handle attached with two looped name tags. An additional name tag is stitched to the back neck line of the vest.

National Library's copy is no. 17/20, signed by the artist. It was donated by Dorothy Herel's husband Petr Herel in her memory.

Cited In

Bibliographie des livres imprimés en typographie de 1975 à 2006 par Thierry Bouchard sur ses presses de Losne, 202

Subjects Wearable art -- Specimens.  |  Artists' books -- Australia.
Form/genre Artists' books.
Other authors/contributors Carroll, Lewis, 1832-1898. Jabberwocky  |  Guet, Michel, 1948- papermaker  |  Bouchard, Thierry, 1954-2008, printer  |  Australia Council, sponsoring body
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