Original fabric relief illustrations from POCKETFUL OF POSIES were exhibited around the country for 5 years, starting when the book was published in 2010. The tour made it possible for thousands of people from coast to coast and in between to see the collection of 50 illustrations. More than half of the framed originals are now in private collections.
About the book: Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes is a 72-page, full-color, hardcover edition, illustrated in fabric relief by Salley Mavor and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Pocketful of Posies won the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Picture Book and the Golden Kite Award for picture book illustration from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
See a series of posts showing the process of making borders for the book’s original artwork: Pocketful of Borders
Katherine French, executive director of the Danforth Museum in Framingham, MA said of the exhibit, “This is very sophisticated work. When you describe it, it sounds too precious, but the reaction is one of amazement. People hear about it and say, ‘Oh, that’s nice,’ but then they see it and are blown away.”
Interested in purchasing an original piece? Please contact Salley for a list of available artwork. Each piece is displayed under Plexiglas in a custom-made cherry wood frame. Prices range from $2,500 to $6,500.
Please Note: Shows, talks, book signings and other events on Salley’s schedule are listed on the Shows & Events Page.
Upcoming Touring exhibit for Salley Mavor’s new book – My Bed, Where Children Sleep Around the World
The original embroidered bas-relief illustrations will tour the country after the book is published by Houghton Mifflin in the fall of 2020. The Cahoon Museum in Cotuit, Massachusetts will host the premiere exhibit and other venues will follow. Interested museums and art centers are welcome to contact Salley Mavor for information about hosting the exhibit.
Past Showings of original artwork from Pocketful of Posies, 2010-2016:
Highfield Hall, Falmouth, MA; Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA; Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee, MA; Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine, Iowa; Thomas Dodd Center, UConn, Storrs, CT; Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Brattleboro, VT; Mashpee Public Library, Mashpee MA; Mahopac Public Library, Mahopac, NY; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Sturgis Public Library, Barnstable, MA; Foothills Arts Council, Elkin, NC; Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt. Vernon, IL; Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature, Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno, CA; Plymouth Antiquarian Society’s Hedge House Museum, Plymouth, MA; New England Quilt Museum, Lowell MA; Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA; Gallery 65 on William, New Bedford, MA; Cotuit Library, Cotuit MA; Lexington Public Library, Lexington, KY; Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA; Newton Free Library, Newton, MA, Bel Air library, Bel Air, MD, Upcountry History Museum, Greenville, SC.