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Brianna Tosswill

You don't have to tell me if you don't want to.

You don't have to tell me if you don't want to.

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This artist's book is inspired by my friendship with Fatima. The phrase "You don't have to tell me if you don't want to" is one that I use often enough to notice as a pattern, especially when I'm getting to know someone. It serves to both make and give space. The poem found on the last page expands on this idea. 

Fatima and I were at her house a few months ago, before we both left for extended periods of travel, when I paused our conversation to grab my sketchbook and attempt to capture our poses: me sitting on the floor, leaning against the couch, her: perched on the arm of the same couch. It felt very us. 

I'm hoping this artwork is the first of many in a new theme I've been thinking about. I don't quite have the language to speak about it in a satisfying way (give me a few months and a dozen market conversations) but it's all about the significance of friendship. I feel like, friendships have this place in Western society that comes after romantic partnership and family, and that doesn't sit quite right with me.

Artwork Specifications

-linocut reduction flip book with tabs and poetry
-the front page has all 5 layers, the next page has the top 4 layers, the next page has the top 3 etc and the last page is a poem.
-the outside dimensions of the booklet are 7x10.25" (18x26cm)
-the image dimensions are 5x7.5" (12.5x19cm)
-selective inking + pressure printing = galaxy magic
-limited edition of 24
-the colour of the binding thread is variable across the edition, but they all look good :)

Framing Suggestions

I'm going to do an example, watch my Instagram @penrosepress.ca or the mailing list for it! Coming in July.

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