The Corset Work

Pink Corset Book (untitled) © 2000

Click here: PnkCorst Bk DescptText.pdf
to download the complete text and specs

Cover Corset back side

Cover Corset, vintage corset

Height 15.5”

Width closed 15”/top, 20”/bottom,

Width opened: 36"/middle

Cover Corset detail,

behind inside front laces

Vintage Maternity/Elastic Corset

Height 12”

Width closed: 18“

Width opened: 36”

1940’s Corset

Height: 13”

Width closed: 15 1/2”

Width opened: 30”

Coral Waist Cincher

Height/central part: 11”

Height/side parts: 7 1/2”

Width closed: 11”

Width open: 24”

Antique Wrap-around Doll Corset

Height 4 1/2”

Width closed: 4”

Antique Wrap-around Doll Corset, inside

Height: 4 1/2”

Width open: 36”

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This is my 3rd artist book, and the 1st one in this series of corset books.


After the few books I made in paper, I wanted the stories that I was telling to become more 3-D, not just text on paper but wanting the stories to become part of the textile. By embroidering the text into the fabric, the text is tactile and the viewer could become more intimately involved with the stories being told, as they would have to interact with the book - by untying the corset strings in order to read the text.


Having to take the time to slow down to unlace all the ties, undo the buckles in order read all the text, is part of the contemplation and therapy of the process; echoing what women have been experiencing for

a century of dressing and undressing.


The text from a variety of sources from behavioral manuals of the 19th and 20th centuries, which describe prescriptions of public and private deportment, as well as personal narratives of modern women who have lived with these physical constraints.

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