I’m happy to finally report that MY BED is officially released today, Sept. 8th! Thank you to all of you who pre-ordered signed copies of the book. Please be patient while I process 500+ orders and make a gazillion trips to the post office. I hope to get most of them out this week. Some of you may have received yours already, as I jumped the gun a bit and sent out some ahead of schedule. (Don’t tell my publisher!)
You can order signed copies in my shop here.
The book, MY BED: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World takes the viewer on an international journey, showing where children sleep in varying cultures and living environments around the world. I like to think that it will help both children and adults view the world as a good place.
In creating the illustrations for My Bed, I feel as if I’ve gotten to visit all the children in the places they live around the globe, even though I stayed home. Author Rebecca Bond wrote a poem that celebrates our differences, while also bringing us together through the universal theme of children sleeping in their safe little beds. When making the artwork for each of the featured locations, I thought about what makes each child’s bed and home unique, as well as warm and welcoming. My aim was to portray a distinct sense of place for each culture, using architecture, furnishings, and landscapes as guides. I researched the different regions, looking at photos of children and their living situations, both inside and out, now and in the past.
I started working on the illustrations over 4 years ago, but after the 2016 election I put it aside for a year and a half and delved into political satire with the Wee Folk Players and the stop-motion animated film, Liberty and Justice. Looking back, this period has been the most trans-formative, both personally and professionally. Through the twists and turns of the past few years, I’ve learned that sharing my vision, whether it be in a precious, poignant or provocative way, is important.
Many of you have followed along through the process of making the scenes for the book. And there’s more to come! Throughout the fall, I will be posting stories and pictures about different aspects of the illustrations. Up until now, I haven’t posted images of the whole scenes, just details and process photos. But now that the book is out, I’ll show a few. For a full list of posts about making each scene, click here.
Click here to find out how I made the scene from Afghanistan.
Click here to see posts about how I made the Dutch scene.
Click here for a peek at making the South American scene.
Click here to see how I made the Indian scene.
BEDTIME STITCHES Exhibition
And there’s more exciting news! Salley Mavor: Bedtime Stitches, the touring exhibition of original embroidered artwork for the book debuts at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, MA. The exhibition will be there from Sept. 11 – Dec. 19, 2020. To ensure a safe and welcoming experience when you visit, please pre-register for timed entry. Masks will also be required. For those of you who live too far away to come see the show in person, the museum will be sharing the exhibition on their website as much as possible. To see other locations for Bedtime Stitches, go here.
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Congratulations! I love seeing all this. What a lot of work and what a beautiful product.
Massive congratulations Salley. You must be excited, proud, a little relieved maybe. The book looks amazing and I will be ordering one in due course. Sandra UK
Congratulations Salley! Thank you for sharing some of your creative progress while waiting for your book. Can’t wait to see it! 🎉💥🍾⭐️👏
So great, congratulations Salley!
Congratulations Sally, as always your creations blow me away. Looking forward to seeing it all at Cahoon.❤️
Congratulations! What a warm & unique perspective. As always, you are amazingly talented and I thank you for your generosity in sharing.
It must be overwhelming, AND a relief AND a pity that all your work about children-safely-in-bed is finished and the book(s) on your table ….. CONGRATULATIONS !!!!
Will be looking forward to it when it’s available in Holland 😉
Hi, Salley, I going with two friends to Cotuit tomorrow. Will the books be available there? I want to buy three and would love to take one with me when I babysit on Saturday. Thanks, CarlaZ
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Hi Carla, I so glad that you’re going to see the show! Yes, they have signed books for sale. I hope you and your friends enjoy it!
Just got my copy of the book in the mail. The illustrations are amazing. I read to Head Start kids through Read Aloud Delaware and plan to read it as soon s we can meet in person. Would love to have your exhibit come to the Delaware Art Museum. Maggie A.
The show is fabulous!! I got my three books!! Great job and so much fun to see in person!!
I got mine today. I love it!
Sally I received the book two days ago and it is beautiful . Congratulations and will enjoy reading it with our great granddaughter. Shirley Farrington
I just received my copy today and I am overwhelmed by the beauty and all the little details of each page. I am so excited to share this book with my 4th grade students, who studied different shelters last year and who will be learning embroidery this year. I can’t imagine a more perfect way for them to feel connected to all the children of the world. Thank you for this treasure!
Finally have a copy of the Bed book…the illustrations are even more Charming than the bits posted online. Love the array of colors and textures chosen.