Once Upon a Time

By Lise Melhorn-Boe
North Bay, Canada: Transformer Press, 2006. Edition of 8.

50 pot-holder style pages including title and colophon. 48 (5 x 5") squares with text on one side only. Closed 7.5" deep. Open 72" horizontally. Twelve 5 x 5" base pages bound with leather and bias-tape. 36 foldout pages attached with metal rings through embroidered holes in base pages. Techniques and materials: quilting, embroidery, cloth, leather, thread, metal rings, and fabric.

An interactive work allowing the reader to create the tale within a multiple choice framework. The base line of the story begins: "Once there was a…." Choices ensue. Is the protagonist a CEO, police officer, pop star, environmentalist, computer geek, politician, or street person? Was s/he lazy? A workaholic? Very wise?

Lise Melhorn-Boe: "To make this multiple choice fairy tale, I started with archetypical fairy tale characters and situations and then adapted them to a contemporary setting. I have been collecting fabrics and thinking about it for a long time. I actually have only the one copy completely finished, and another almost finished. The others I still have to write the text, quilt, bind and make the holes and embroider round them. There will be three others with the burgundy leather and bias-tape edge-binding, and four of them will have tan-coloured leather and tape."