Whidbey Island, WA: 2010. Artist's book, one of 18 copies, all hand-painted and digitally printed on Lutradur, (man made product which was coated with a UV spray) designed and bound by Sande Wascher-James, signed and numbered on the colophon by her. Page size: in the shape of a hand, 8 x 5.5 inches, the hand-shaped pages cut with a Graphtec Robo cutter; 32pp; including covers. Bound: hand-sewn by the artist in blue thread matching the Liberty of London floral fabric on which the text and stamp images of women, especially Eleanor Roosevelt, were collaged, scanned, and then printed. Housed in custom-made box of pale blue hand-made paper over boards with collage of stamp of Eleanor Roosevelt on lid. Among those American women included in the book are Ida B. Wells, Frances Perkins, Alice Paul, Susan B. Anthony, Marion Anderson, Dorothea Lange, Martha Gellhorn, Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan.
On Thursday, March 27, 1958 at the United Nations in New York, at the Tenth Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights which was responsible for this remarkable document, spoke. Her speech, IN YOUR HANDS, was subtitled A Guide to Community Action. She distributed 18 copies of her speech, IN YOUR HANDS, one for each commission member -- noting that this was a token of our faith that, under your leadership, the communities of every country will bring human rights to full reality in the community of the world.
Sande Wascher-James has honored Mrs. Roosevelt and her stirring words with this beautiful rendering of the text with images of those women who, throughout our nation's history, have endeavored to change the world for the better. Unfolding in the shape of a circle of hands, the book visualizes the harmonious world described therein. Item #10310