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By Lise Melhorn-Boe and Clarissa Lewis
North Bay, Canada: Transformer Press, 2005. Edition of 35.


7" circular book tunnel book. Constructed of Artist Bristol Board and Kizuki Kozo. Hand-colored with Windsor-Newton watercolors. Tied with satin ribbon. Text handwritten with Staedtler Gel Roller and Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen. Add on of goose down. Snowflakes hand-punched from Kozo paper.

18 (di.) x 2 cm.

Germangoodgirls was created for A Book Art Mosaic, a project of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.


Lise Melhorn-Boe: "The reference to the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Frau Holle (sometimes called Mother Hulda in English) led us to create a tunnel book that opens like a well. In the fairy tale, when Frau Holle, who lives at the bottom of a well, shakes her feather bed, it snows on earth, hence the addition of the feathers and snowflakes. Does the blue at the bottom of the well represent the water or the sky?"


Text: "Growing up as Germangoodgirls we were praised for our Tugend und Fleiss [our virtue and industry]. We loved the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm because good and bad, industry and sloth, were so easy to tell apart and the heroines were so justly rewarded. We did identify with the good ones but the bad ones were intriguing too, especially as we got older. However, these stories left us with two somewhat contradictory notions: if we were tugendhaft und fleissig, didn’t complain and waited long enough, someone would notice and reward or rescue us, OR, if we were tugendhaft und fleissig, we could take care of ourselves and accomplish anything. But was this really a choice?"


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