My Bed Book

My new children’s picture book, My Bed, Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep around the World will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this coming autumn. It took about 2 years to hand stitch all of the illustrations and I’m excited that you will be able to see the fruits of my labor relatively soon!

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 next step is to have the book printed overseas and then shipped home.

A touring exhibition of the original embroidered bas-relief artwork used to illustrate the book will premiere in October 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:

The sewn originals will be photographed and printed in the book. Each spread will depict a child in a different culture and living environment. The story is written by Rebecca Bond and will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the autumn of 2020. 

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:

TOURING EXHIBITION

Salley Mavor: Bedtime Stitches
Beginning in Nov. 2020
Premiere Exhibition: Oct. 30 – Dec. 22, 2020 at the Cahoon Museum, Cotuit, MA.
Feb. 28 – April 25, 2021, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon, IL
May 15 – Aug. 15, 2021, Historical and Cultural Center of Clay County, Moorhead, MN
Sept. 14 – Dec. 31, 2021, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
Jan. 22 – May 8, 2022, Upcountry History Museum, Greenville, SC
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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This little piggy stayed home

We’re all homebodies now, like this little piggy, as we try to keep the corona-virus from spreading even further than it already has. In searching for comforting images to share during these unsettling times, I noticed that there are an awful lot of scenes with characters in domestic settings in my picture book, Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes. In many cases, the people and animals are safe inside, peering out of windows, which seems to reflect our collective experience right now. So, as you shelter in place, please take a moment to escape into this warm and fuzzy world, where everything is all stitched up, safe and sound.

This coming fall, it will be 10 years since Pocketful of Posies was published. The book is a favorite baby gift, but it’s really for all ages, especially now, when we all want to feel safe and secure. Personally autographed copies are available in my shop here.

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