1946 - present
Photograph of Sande Wascher-James, courtesy of the artist
Books and manuscripts, Textiles and clothing
Book Artist, Embroiderer, Mixed Media Artist
, Quilt Maker
I seem to always manage to do labor-intensive work, and I choose to create what I feel will be beautiful and bring pleasure. That does not preclude having a powerful message, and I deal with issues of importance to women. Most of my work is done with what might be considered “women’s work”: embroidery, quilting, beading, etc. I do this intentionally to show that there is merit and power in these techniques and because I enjoy working this way. Since there is usually a historical context, I started using stamps of well-known American women in my work to add another layer of meaning. I also like to work in small formats, so my pieces are miniaturized to a degree. The book formats I use allow me to do pieces that are sculptural with strong visual images as well as written components that are explored when the pieces are read.
Statement courtesy of Sande Wascher-James
The Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts