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Words for Mel Day

Words for Mel Day

Mel has asked me for lettering or used words of mine in a few of her projects. This is sometimes explicitly collaborative—with ideas going back and forth before implementation. Sometimes, like a film director with her set designer, she requests something specific, with my abilities (and interests) in mind. On my end, I supply lettering, layouts, particular words, or wording. A brilliant artist, Mel is also a great graphic designer...she knows what she wants, and knows how to communicate what that is.

One year, as a surprise for her birthday, I made a coat for her. Once I'd sewed it, I dyed it as brilliant a yellow as I could, then wrote the words "SHALL NOT WANT" on the back (wrote the letters by removing dye). Mel has incorporated this coat into her work in photographs, performances, and rituals at mmd.ca.

 Shall Not Want. 2009 or 2010  Cream stretch-cotton denim (leftover from  Going Off Course , 2004); sewing; dye; bleach; salvaged trim. Cut & sew pattern based on  Stokx design . Photo: Jeffrey Cross

Shall Not Want. 2009 or 2010

Cream stretch-cotton denim (leftover from Going Off Course, 2004); sewing; dye; bleach; salvaged trim. Cut & sew pattern based on Stokx design. Photo: Jeffrey Cross

 Lettering 2011  Center for Experimental Contemplatives. Unusually, Mel asked for cursive. Typically, she likes block caps. Photo: Mel Day

Lettering 2011

Center for Experimental Contemplatives. Unusually, Mel asked for cursive. Typically, she likes block caps. Photo: Mel Day

 Sublime Repose Good Works (Blanket) 2012  Reverse appliqué. Dyed yellow and purple upholstery-weight wool. Sewing. Sublime Repose / Good Works originally came from a  drawing  I made in 2008. Mel saw a version as a "billboard" painting in 2010. (The full text was: REFORM / DECENCY / SUBLIME / REPOSE / GOOD WORKS ). Photo: Jeffrey Cross

Sublime Repose Good Works (Blanket) 2012

Reverse appliqué. Dyed yellow and purple upholstery-weight wool. Sewing. Sublime Repose / Good Works originally came from a drawing I made in 2008. Mel saw a version as a "billboard" painting in 2010. (The full text was: REFORM / DECENCY / SUBLIME / REPOSE / GOOD WORKS ). Photo: Jeffrey Cross

 Sublime Repose. 2009?   Reverse appliqué scarf. Purple wool, brown cupro interior lining, salvaged navy pinstripe verso. Photo: Mel Day

Sublime Repose. 2009? 

Reverse appliqué scarf. Purple wool, brown cupro interior lining, salvaged navy pinstripe verso. Photo: Mel Day

 Front of card.  Lettering.

Front of card.

Lettering.

 Back of card.  Lettering.

Back of card.

Lettering.

 Might Say Anything. 2010  Seldom used companion jacket to Shall Not Want..

Might Say Anything. 2010

Seldom used companion jacket to Shall Not Want..

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