An object of pleasyre
- by rykarda parasol
The bistro chaise came closer now
And the man let an arduous sigh,
She slowed her craft to clasp his gaze
Catch her hook the needle’s eye.
And as the café’s air spread still,
His hand dashed her resting thigh.
– Rykarda Parasol
“An Object of Pleasure” – a narrative book of poetry written and illustrated by Ms. Parasol.
Twenty-five scantily clad submissive and sweet female embroidered illustrations, named “Les Brodelaires”, are an intricate part of the narrator’s life. As you turn each page, you unearth what lies beneath an unassuming pleasant female image: A chaotic mess of strings holding her in place.
The narrator takes you on a small journey with various aspects of needles and fiber arts (The surgeons hand, the drug needle, the spider’s web, manipulative webs we weave). The rhythm of the poetry resembles the rhythm of stitching (among "other things"). The book An Object of Pleasure is intended to be something tender to hold and touch as well as read.
An Object of Pleasure was edited by Jamie Shaw and Stephanie Wells (Professor of Literature OLLI/USB, College of Marin CA) with layout assistance by Brandi B.
Written and illustrated by Ms. Parasol, An Object of Pleasure is a stylized cross-genre collector's book that combines narrative poetry, illustration, memoir, and graphic-novel elements. Currently self-published as limited edition soft-cover foil stamp book, An Object of Pleasure is a narrative poem told in ten parts, which recounts a young woman’s misguided self-worth and yet, finds tenderness in the female forms she stitches. Dark, sexy, and whimsical, this is a moving story as much about female objectification as it is about an artist apt to objectify.
Les Brodelaires (Our embroidered Illustrations) are one part broderie and one part Baudelaire! These knotted and naughty creations are an intricate part of the narrative poem and the rhythm mimics the feeling of stitching among “other things”. Behind every pleasant face are strings and knots holding a woman in her place. Every image has been drawn and sewn by Ms Parasol.
As well as author readings, my illustrations have also garnered special interests. In 2017, twenty-four of the lovey “Brodelaires” were on display at Z Space’s gallery, in San Francisco.
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