Candace Hicks

The Case of the Isolated Seamstress

Candace Hicks

The Case of the Isolated Seamstress

Edition Size



Embroidery, Hand-sewn


Custom box, Loose pages


30.25 × 20 × 5 in

$ 12,000.00

1 in stock

The Case of the Isolated Seamstress is hand-stitched unique artist book which is Candace Hick’s first book of fiction, in the style of Candace Hick’s Common Threads series. The narrative voice uses threads from mystery novels and works to decode a mystery within its own pages. There are pages with violence done unto them, illustrations, written text, and copies of pages of the books that the narrator is reading. The title page is also stitched by hand in a pulp novel style.

The pages of this book are unbound and are designed to hang. Candace created a box for this book, which is slightly tipped in the middle, shaped like a lectern.

Box measurements: 30.25”L x 19 7/8”W x 5”H

Page measurements: 28”x17″

Video of Candace Hicks’ The Case of the Isolated Seamstress

Candace Hicks talks about The Case of the Isolated Seamstress on Booklyn’s My Favorite Book series:

ARTIST’S STATEMENT—Storytelling is key to Candace Hicks’ artistic practice. There is an implied narrative in everything, even, as Hicks addresses with her work, in the seemingly pointless mental wheel-spinning that is a part of daily life.  Her work acknowledges the unavoidability of simulation and the impossibility of originality.  Her choice of the book as a principle medium is due to the phenomenon of the book as authoritative.  Books provide an arena in which fiction can be accepted as fact and observations can take on a mythic narrative quality.  Her interest in books also stems from their inherent unity of text and image, which lends books continued relevance as a transmedia hybrid.