My Dear Friends and Comrades,

Happy The New Year! Please come and join me in Celebrating the Completion and Release of a Book I Made!

LOOKING GLASS BOOK Release @ Publication Studio 717 SW Ankeny - Downtown Portland, OR 97205

THIS FRIDAY! January 6th - 7pm until 9pm (or so)

Ambient music by the one and only ALEXIS GIDEON!
www.alexisgideon.com (and possible special guests!) FREE! (donations for the musicians always appreciated)

Limited books available on site at Publication Studios. BOOK will be AVAILABLE soon to order at THIS web address:

Full Color . Hand Bound . 8" by 10" . Twenty Five Collages Times Two . Plus Ten Tales . $40

THE DISAPPEARING BOOK will also be on hand:

and some catalogs from my solo show at Marylhurst Art Gym:
whale Stop by and say HI.

Your friend and mine, Melody Owen

p.s. please forgive me if you have already received or replied to this invite. hard to keep track of where everyone is anymore. if you are too far away or underwater, you can still look at the pictures on my website.
thistlepress.net i am adding more work to the site as it goes backwards in time and as i have time.

p.p.s. here is some text about the book:

The Looking Glass Book is a series of hand cut collages inspired by two books written by Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, written in 1865 and 1871 respectively. I have illustrated the books, chapter by chapter, through the medium of hand cut collage. Some of content is mixed around but it mainly stays within the chapter boundaries. I used materials, clippings, and pictures I have collected over the past twenty years. The majority was gleaned from old National Geographic Magazines. I was thinking also about the materiality of collage in our increasingly digital age. I began to look at the fragments of the magazines, not only as pictorial but as objects in themselves. I decided to increase awareness of this process by exposing the back of the collage, encasing it in glass, rather than gluing it to paper. The images on the flip side of the collage are completely random, yet the shapes are a mirror image.