When Caroline Todd, the author of Iris Todd - Stitching in my own way, approached us to make a book on her late mother's embroidery work, we were immediately excited about the idea of working on an artist book. It was on a cold Tuesday in January that Caroline turned up at our studio with a rucksack full of treasures... Having a great love for all things hand made, Spyros and I were immediately struck by the embroideries which came out of the bag. There was a great variety of work, ranging from unfinished fragments, intended for later use, to framed pieces that had been featured in exhibitions. With embroidery being such a tactile medium,we wanted to find a way of communicating the full beauty of the works. This is how we decided to show, where possible, both sides of the embroidery, thus when turning the page the back of the embroidery is revealed.
The book is sectioned into three parts, an introduction by the author and a statement by the artist is followed by fragments, that were partly intended for later use in bigger pieces, followed by pieces that were unframed, many pieces in this section are banners and other small pieces with a revealed back side. These first two sections both feature front and back of the embroideries. The final section of the book is showing the framed works, which don't have a revealed back. The images in the final section are partly accompanied by diary extracts of the late artist and are introduced with a text by Harriet Pennington.
The book was printed in an edition of 330 and is for sale, please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a copy!