Cassandra Gunkel
Cassandra Stancil Gunkel began making books to support her first grade daughter's intensive reading and writing program. Twenty years later, that daughter works as an editor. As a teaching artist, she always incorporates handmade narrative histories into her curriculum when working with children or adults. In her own practice book arts practice she includes her own textile designs and block prints. She creates from her home studio in Philadelphia.

Looking Out, Looking In--Outgoing (a Covid Year of Post Cards)

During this year of Covid, I designed various postcard sized "quilts" to send to friends. This accordion book structure and box are a record of outgoing postcards mailed to friends from October 2020 through August 2021. Machine stitched to hand-dyed watercolor paper, the various postcard designs are pieced, block printed, or needle felted.

6 inches by 8 inches by 1.5 inches deep
Accordion book of textile page designs, machine stitched to hand-dyed paper

Looking Out, Looking In--Incoming!

"Incoming" is an accordion book record of textile postcards mailed to me by my quilting friends. Missing our twice-a-month meetings, I suggested this project as a way for our Friendly Quilter group to stay in touch by creating and mailing postcard-sized quilts to one another. Mail delivery had its problems over this Year of Covid, but these incoming postcards always provoked a return phone call, text or note. "Incoming" helped keep us connected over a year of isolation. Contributions from Cassandra Stancil Gunkel. Peggy X Forest, Gloria Brown, Dotty Allen, Emma Guion, Janet Byard, Linda Bodley, Linda Salley, Faye Minus, Christine Webb, and Christine Thomas.

6.5 inches by 8.5 inches, 1.5 inches deep
Accordion Book structure; quilted cards machine stitched to bristol paper. Book cover and box-archival binder's board, commercially produced batik