Friday, November 12, 2010

Hands on: Jennifer Still

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So Jennifer Still is a poet who has spent the last several weeks feverishly making books. Which, because this is Jenn, involves sewing, embroidery, felting, and various intricate slicings-and-dicings. Hence the irregular nail on her pointer finger.

She's also someone who doesn't completely like her hands. But she didn't forbid me from using this photo, even though the thumbnail glimpse on the back of my camera hadn't pleased her.

Even though she has since sent me several gorgeous photos of her hands, feathering her own Nest, as it were.

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Jennifer Still’s first book of poetry, Saltations (Thistledown Press, 2005), was nominated for three Saskatchewan Book Awards. NEST, a chapbook published by JackPine Press will also appear in her second collection, Girlwood, forthcoming in Spring 2011 from Brick Books. An earlier version of Girlwood won the 2008 John V. Hicks Manuscript Award, a Saskatchewan Emerging Artist Award and two poem sequences were finalists in the 2008 CBC Literary Awards. After 13 years in Saskatchewan, Jennifer now lives in a tall yellow house in Winnipeg with her husband and two children.

"Nestallation", a reading and book presentation by Jennifer Still and Jennifer Beaudry.

Saturday, Dec. 4, 11-5 at Aqua Books' Crafty Minions Handmade and Vintage Craft Sale:

Enter the textures, movements, uncertainties and comforts of a distinctive 1970's domesticity, in which the compulsion to craft (think macrame, needlepoint, decoupage, paper tole), and nest (think wallpaper, shag carpet and mirror tiles), frame, line and reflect the restless interiors of our lives. Guests are invited to join in a sewing-circle style reading and book talk with the opportunity to add their own stitches/layers to the room. The sale runs from 11 am - 5 pm.

Nest(JackPine Press, 2010) is a limited-edition handmade book screen-printed in a laced concertina design and built with salvaged 1970s vintage materials including kitchen wallpaper, couch upholstery, owl needlepoints and baby yarn. Each limited-edition copy is wrapped in a needle-felted slipcover. 50 signed and numbered copies are available for purchase.

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