Fatal Fairy, 2017. Western papers hand-dyed directly from plants by the artist are interleaved with Japanese papers printed with hand-set metal and wood types and photopolymer plates from hand drawn talismans, all letterpress printed in over forty-two print runs with eighteen colors. Bound with a side-sewn stitch. Each copy contains unique botanical contact printed papers.
Written by the artist, Fatal Fairy traces and connects seven pairings of words to their linguistic roots. The pairs are fatal/fairy, Beltane/black, democracy/demon, alchemy/font, Hades/envy, glamour/grammar, and talisman/entelechy. Edition 40.
To the Nightland, 2017.
To the Nightland was an ekphrastic exercise beginning with this bead-embroidered heart created by Melissa Frykman-Thieme. Inspired by the praying milagro figure, I wrote and hand-stitched the poetic text about the death of my baby brother onto silk with additional bead-embroidery and decorative stitching. The lace curtain is both page and veil symbolizing the other side of death, my inability to remember his death, and the overall mystery of his accident. Unique.
Sola — A Mythological Story About A Real Girl, 2016. Created by commission for the Just One Look exhibit at the University of Washington from a Salish myth as told by Paul Cheoketen Wagner.
This is a story about abandonment and healing. A lonely young girl hides in a self-created shell until she experiences the loving
and unlimited nature of consciousness through
observation, identification, and direct
Pressure printed images and hand set type. Edition size 9.
Soil Dwellers Botanical printed papers, each sheet unique, by Catherine Alice Michaelis and Bill Moody, fold around poetry, a musical score, and insect images by Emily Van Kley, Melanie Valera, Emilie Bess, and Catherine Alice Michaelis. Letterpress printed with hand set type and linoleum cuts at May Day Press, 2015. Edition: 45.
Erotica Botanica Leaves unfold, a butterfly escapes! Floating petals nestle amidst passionate expressions written from the perspective of flowers and their pollinators. Hand set type and pressure printed in nine colors. May Day Press 2010.
Solar Return Created in collaboration with Bill Moody. This project began on the Spring Equinox of 2014 and finished on the Spring Equinox of 2015. Spring, Summer, Late Summer, Autumn, & Winter are the five seasonal chapters these botanically contact-printed papers were sorted into. Each heading lists many of the plants gathered and used for mark making during that season. Thirty-six papers are folded to count the three-hundred-sixty degrees of the circle, 12 copies were bound with golden yellow thread and coptic stitching, and each copy is housed in a bright green box. Hand set type letterpress printed at May Day Press 2015. Edition:12.
A Revealing History of Women's Underwear, 2007. Pressure printed images, photopolymer printed text, with hand set titles and ornaments. Edition: 50.
Party Dress 2004. Remembering my mother as she got ready for a party and playing in her closet. This varied edition features Japanese papers for dresses and handmade paper for the letterpress printed text. The colophon label, "Made for Mom," plays off the "Made by Mom" labels my mother once sewed into my clothes. Edition: 25.
Plant Dyes from the Kitchen. From my 2006 subscription series. This edition was dyed in the kitchen with spices, tea, etc. on Japanese paper, and letterpress printed while a guest at Springtide Press.
Below is a gallery of work out of print.
Book: A Cherokee Primer, was my first May Day Press publication. Printed in 1993, it honors my Grandmother Alice, Sequoyah, and my Cherokee heritage.
Beyond Blue, 2016. Embroidered text spooled on a seal's knuckle bone, beaded salmon leather box lined with indigo dyed cotton. Agate and embroidered map on indigo dyed cotton included.
Mother's Measure, 2015. Two embroidered poems, one extracted from the other, about my mother and sewing.
Lost In Japan, 1999. A collection of micro-memoir pieces, poem, and phonebook, letterpress printed and folded into a scrapbook between sewn-in vintage Japanese papers along with maps, Japanese language book pages, a gingko leaf, and prints from coins and a gingko leaf.
Stack the Deck, 1999. Created by twenty-two women printers each of us printing 3 assigned cards from a player's deck of cards. Boxed in an edition of 100. Designed by Catherine Alice Michaelis and published by May Day Press.
Volcano Blue, 1998. Created on commission by Seafirst Gallery to celebrate the centennial of Mr. Rainier National Park. Made in collaboration with Ann Spiers and Kim Newall.