Marilyn Stablein

From A Lettrist Notebook

Closet Texts

                                                            British Crown Colony -
                                                            Hong Kong
                                                            Phantom geography
                                                            Out of date

                                                            Postage stamp-sized
                                                            woven texts: pure silk
                                                            Shetland wool
                                                            Cotton 100%

                                                            Dry clean only
                                                            Iron reverse side
                                                            Handmade in Italy

                                                            Christian Dior, Oleg Cassini
                                                            Fifth Avenue
                                                            Made in U.S.A.

                                                            Paris, New York
                                                            Palace Hotel Arcade, Tokyo
                                                            London Style
                                                            San Marco, Venice

                                                            Thirteen cloth labels
                                                            Designer brand neckwear
                                                            Haberdasher’s vintage

Closet Texts, single signature fabric book, six pages 6” x 7.75” . The book opens to 18” x 16”. Sixty-six vintage necktie labels handstitched onto recycled lace-trimmed cotton handkerchiefs. From an ongoing series Notions & Assessories, included in A Lettrist’s Notebook.

Marilyn Stablein is a poet and mixed media artist working in artist books, collage and assemblage. Her work, featured in The Bone Folder, Lark’s 1000 & 500 Artist Books series, on the cover of Bound & Lettered and in books and journals, is in private and public collections including the Univ. of Washington, MacEwan Univ., Yale Univ. Beinecke Library, SUNY Buffalo, Univ. of Calif. San Diego, and the British Library. A monograph Bind, Alter, Fold features 38 of her artist books. A collection of stories: Vermin: A Traveler’s Bestiary and a memoir Houseboat on the Ganges & A Room in Kathmandu are forthcoming in 2019.
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