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Silk and Secrecy
Ithaca, New York: Kumi Korf , 1985. Ithaca, New York:: Kumi Korf ,, 1985.. Edition 20. 15 x 11", 10 pages including free end page. Photo offset, xerography. Materials: Japanese paper, silk thread, museum board, foam core board, book cloth. Back board with inset of silk thread twined around eight scrolls. Cloth covered boards with title on front. Laid in clamshell box. Signed by artist and poet. Numbered. Kumi Korf, In & Out of Sculptural Books: "I discovered my passion for book arts when creating the collaborative piece 'Silk and Secrecy.' I needed a book structure that could hold both traditional letterset text pages as well as a three-dimensional collage; I was searching for a form that would open and close effortlessly, behave as an ordinary book, but also hold a surprise for the reader. After a few missteps, I found a solution. Since that time, artists' books, and particularly the process of inventing new structures, has been an enduring passion." Cerritos Public Library: "With text by Emoretta Yang, Silk and Secrecy obtains literary histories of silk and its importance in the ancient and modern worlds. The book opens to reveal a cut-out window through which long spools of handmade paper covered with multicolored strands of silk threads can be seen. The piece is the first part of Kumi Korf's Figured Silks series." Sandra Kroupa, Fiberarts Summer 1995: "Kumi Korf and Emoretta Yang's 'Silk and Secrecy' is one of the most significant pieces of the decade, challenging the nature of the book. In Korf's three-dimensional sculptural work, text and image are printed on small Japanese paper scrolls and elaborately wrapped with brightly colored silk thread. Text and image are there, but we cannot see them."
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