My new children’s picture book, My Bed, Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World has been released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. It took about 2 years to hand stitch all of the illustrations and I’m excited that you can now see the fruits of my labor! Autographed copies of MY BED are available in my shop here.
After the artwork is handed in, it usually takes another year to produce an actual bound and ready hard cover picture book. After I delivered the finished art last summer, it went to the publisher’s photographer, book designer and their production, printing and marketing teams. The book’s release date is Sept. 8th, 2020.
A touring exhibition of the original embroidered bas-relief artwork that is photographed and reproduced in the book will premiere in September and travel the country for a few years. More information about the exhibition, Salley Mavor: Bedtime Stitches, including a current schedule, is at the end of this post.
For a while now, I’ve shared the process of making the 3 dimensional bas-relief illustrations, which involve stitching, embroidery and other embellishment techniques. Posts I’ve written so far are listed here:
- Afghanistan – part 1, part 2
- Ghana – part 1, part 2, part 3
- Holland – part 1, part 2, part 3
- India – part 1, part 2, part 3
- Iran – part 1, part 2, part 3
- Japan – part 1
- North Africa – part 1, part 2, part 3
- North America – part 1, part 2, part 3
- Russia – part 1, part 2, part 3
- Scandinavia – part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4
- South America – part 1
- Mongolia – part 1, part 2, part 3
- Animals (spot illustrations) – Rooster, Camel, Parrot, Elephant, Goldfish, Cat, Duck, Sheep, Rabbit, Cow, Crocodile
This list will be updated as more posts are published.
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. It was my job to bring these children to life and create their varying environments. Autographed copies of MY BED are available in my shop here.
I am happy to announce a touring exhibition of original artwork for the book: SALLEY MAVOR: Bedtime Stories. This will be an opportunity for the public to see up close the fine detail and 3-dimensional quality of my bas-relief sculptural embroideries. The exhibition is modeled after the successful national touring exhibition of the artwork for my book, Pocketful of Posies. Interested museums are welcome to contact me for information about hosting the exhibit. Please see the current schedule below:
Salley Mavor: Bedtime Stitches
Beginning in SEPTEMBER 2020
Premiere Exhibition: Sept. 11 – Dec. 22, 2020 at the Cahoon Museum, Cotuit, MA.
Feb. 28 – April 25, 2021, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon, IL
Sept. 14 – Dec. 31, 2021, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
Jan. 22 – May 8, 2022, Upcountry History Museum, Greenville, SC
June – September 2022, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk, ME
Oct. – Dec., 2022, Historical and Cultural Center of Clay County, Moorhead, MN
Additional locations will be added when they are confirmed.
Throughout the book, there will be spot illustrations of animals on text panels. To see how they were made, click here.
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