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Nights, The Cosmos, and I.
Rosendale, New York:: Women's Studio Workshop ,, 2015.. Edition of 60. 6.2 x 8.5"; 19 pages. Accordion fold extending from fore edge of back pastedown. Screen print and embroidery on Astrobright 216 g/m2 paper. Bound in black paper boards with illustration and title on cover. Signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon. WSW: "Nights, the Cosmos, and I is about the geometry of the cosmos. It investigates the aesthetic quality of the sewing thread as a graphic resource, using embroidery to illustrate an original poem about nighttime and its wonders. Using the principles of subtlety and minimalism, three colors of thread merge with silkscreen-printed lines, encouraging you to take a more attentive look at the details, thus revealing their texture and tactile quality. The binding choice-an open accordion book cased in a hardcover-makes it possible to keep the thread ends out of sight, but still not completely hidden, for the process counts here as much as the result itself. " Lizz Thabet, WSW: "Brazilian graphic designer and Artist's Book resident Natalia Zapella often stays up all night. Mornings, she says, are for sleeping. Nights are for working under the still canopy of stars. "'There are so few things interfering with your thoughts. It's all about you and the stars,' she says, describing the kinship she found with the twilight. 'I would wonder, looking at stars, what is it like out there?' Natalia's long nights spent gazing at the sky inspire her newest artist's book, "Nights, the Cosmos, and I pairs eight celestial illustrations with lines from a poem, which describes Natalia's fascination with a star-lit universe beyond her grasp. Oscillating between the personal and cosmic, it hints at the galaxy's underlying order, reimagined through scientific diagrams and geometric systems. ? "Nights, the Cosmos, and I is deceptively simple: using screen printed NASA imagery and astronomical charts, the book interprets highly accurate scientific diagrams with precise geometry. But upon looking closer, you'll notice every straight line in the book's illustrations is actually made of sewing thread. White, black, and sepia threads run across the black pages to compose the Fibonacci sequence overlaid a spiraling galaxy; the Earth's axis tilted just so during summer solstice; and constellation points connected to form a triangle. A complex dodecahedron-created by over fifty lines of white thread-presents a theoretical model for the universe's shape. "Guided by Natalia's first-person narrative, the pages act as windows through which readers can stargaze at the book's illustrations. Its sewn linework interacts with white screen-printed elements to create the illusion of a purely two-dimensional surface, inviting readers to determine which lines are printed and which are stitched."
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