- Marie Watt Studio
- Forget-me-not: Mothers & Sons
An interpretive brochure for an artist’s installation
We edited, designed and produced a 16-page publication to accompany the sculptor Marie Watt’s installation Forget-me-not: Mothers and Sons, which was included in the Portland Art Museum’s 2008 Contemporary Northwest Arts Awards exhibition.
The installation consists of a ten-foot-tall ring, twenty feet in diameter, walled with a web sewn from secondhand wool blankets. Attached to the walls are 220 individual portraits, also executed in wool reclaimed from blankets.
Half of the portraits depict each serviceman or -woman from Oregon killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The other half feature women chosen by Ms. Watt’s male acquaintances who reflect the Iroquois view of “mother”: mothers, but also strong women from history who have contributed to our culture in other ways.
This piece was commissioned and published by Marie Watt Studio to act as an interpretive aid to the installation’s visitors. We printed it in two colors by cold web. Good, thoughtful design need not be expensive.