Sande Wascher-James — In Your Hands. Text from Eleanor Roosevelt
(Sande Wascher-James) In Your Hands. Text from Eleanor Roosevelt. Artist’s book by Sande Wascher James. Whidbey Island, Washington. 2010. 30p. plus covers. 7.9” x 5.5”. 0.75” when flat. The book is shaped like a hand. Book design and binding by the artist. The background of the pages is a Liberty Lawn fabric that has been recolorized. Stamps have been incorporated, and they also have been recolorized. Text is in Arial Narrow bold 24 pt. Digitally printed on lutradur. Open coptic binding. Pages have a UV coating; laid in a box covered in handmade Lama Li Nepal, with an image of the cover on the lid. One in an edition of 18 copies signed by Sande Wascher-James. Fine.
Wascher James writes – “My new book – In Your Hands, is based on Eleanor Roosevelt’s address at the 10th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The text reads: “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
“… The stamps include two versions of Eleanor Roosevelt, Homemakers, Red Cross, South Dakota sod house, Helen Keller/Anne Sullivan, General Federation of Women s Clubs, Frances Perkins,Alice Paul, Woman Suffrage 50th Anniversary, Susan B, Anthony, Martha Gellhorn, Ida B. Wells, 100 Years of Progress of Women, The American Woman, Frances E. Willis, Marian Anderson, Women in Our Armed Services,Dorothea Lange, and Lewis W. Hine. Also included is a photograph of my mother in uniform that was used for a poster during World War Two.” The book can be viewed flat or standing up for display.