cigar-tin story / literary gift / art gift / art object / short fiction / literary fiction / "Dear Friends"

$25.00

cigar-tin story / literary gift / art gift / art object / short fiction / science fiction / "Dear Friends"

a cigar-tin story is an original mixed media artwork –– an empty dessert cigar tin that has been recycled/repurposed, with a painting on the cover and a short story inside

all paintings are original (by hand, painted directly on the tin), and all stories are my own (many have been published elsewhere, mostly in journals and literary magazines)

this cigar-tin contains the short story "Dear Friends" –– a spoof on the way literary magazines solicit (read: harangue) support

I will write my way into another life.
~ Ann Patchett

the story is printed on a concertina booklet

the idea and process:

• take a dessert cigar tin, paint an original picture on the cover, varnish it (to seal and protect it), then place an accordion booklet with an original story inside

• cigar-tin stories are intended as tchotchkes: to decorate bookshelves, end tables, mantles, desks, etc; they are one-of-a-kind curiosity items, a highly unique art object that is meant to draw the eye, be picked up, opened, handled

• tchotchke / pronounced chotch-kuh /
(also tsatske)
noun informal
1. a small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional; a trinket.
2. a pretty girl or woman
ORIGIN 1960’s, Yiddish

packaged in an attractive plastic sleeve, with labelling, for gift giving

everything from my shop comes with an extra art surprise

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