Artists' Books

This book investigates abuses of women’s feet and footwear through the ages — from ancient Chinese footbinding to high-heeled shoes of the present. Personal and historical narratives illustrate the results of culture’s enduring foot fetish. After reading this one, you’ll never be tempted to squeeze into “just a half-size smaller” again. Nested within a multi-panel cover is a 16-page book of stories, ranging from fairy tale to individual testimonial. Also tucked within the cover is a pop-up, which presents the reader with a packet of “seeds” for change.

1991, 10 x 6.5” Edition of 200.  Silkscreen and letterpress on Tuscan Terra, Rives BFK, and handmade paper with toenails and hair. Designed and printed during a residency at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York.

Available for $125 from Cheri Gaulke or Women’s Studio Workshop.