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August 27 - October 12, 2007


Illustration from Wee Willie Winkie, by Salley Mavor
Illustration from Wee Willie Winkie,
by Salley Mavor

The Cow Jumped Over the Moon: New Illustrations by Salley Mavor

Dodd Research Center Gallery
Curators: Terri Goldich and Kristin Eshelman

This exhibit displays original illustrations from several of Salley Mavor's most recent children's books, published by Houghton Mifflin in 2005.  Mavor has taken three traditional nursery rhymes and set the characters and action in a hand-stitched, three-dimensional world, embellished with embroidery and found objects.  Wee Willie Winkie, Hey, Diddle Diddle, and Jack and Jill each inhabit the small chunky pages of a board book for young children.

Mavor has recently written Felt Wee Folk:  Enchanting Projects, a how-to book of felt sewing projects, including dolls, pins, and purses. She is currently creating illustrations for a 64-page anthology of nursery rhymes that is scheduled to be published in 2009. 

Book reviewers have greeted Mavor’s newest books with praise. Lisa Dugan of Koen Kids, a book distributor, says, "Salley Mavor's hand-stitched illustrations are finely detailed works of art. Her style of illustration works even better in these newest board books."

For more information about the variety of work created by Salley Mavor, see her website at

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