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Special Collaboration Notebook with Tammy Nguyen + Pigeon Passenger Press

Stories – March 2021

"At Passenger Pigeon Press, we love poetry. We love the poetry of KAAREM’s garments, and we try to find poetic relationships across fields and time." - Tammy Nguyen

Now available for purchase on kaarem.com and at Que in Saigon.

  1. Tammy Nguyen x Passenger Pigeon Press x Kaarem Notebook with a Vietnamese School Pen

This limited edition notebook is our special collaboration with artist Tammy Nguyen and Passenger Pigeon Press. Inspired by KAAREM’s use of materials, and attention to craft and structure, Tammy created a book composed of one signature and two pocket matrixes. The transparent colored and middle folios are created by folding in asymmetrical and symmetrical ways that provide spaces for your safekeeps, thoughts, and what-nots. This notebook is also assembled with a singular string tied at two spots. This allows the pages to stay together while also creating a hook for a writing utensil.

  1. Tammy Nguyen x Passenger Pigeon Press x Kaarem Notebook with a Vietnamese School Pen
  2. tyh.d Boatneck Open Back Dress - Beige
  3. Canh Cropped Pocket Pant w/ Elastic - Beige

Flipping through the notebook at Que.

  1. Tammy Nguyen x Passenger Pigeon Press x Kaarem Notebook with a Vietnamese School Pen

It comes with either a yellow or green vellum sleeve insert, and a Vietnamese school pen.

"At Passenger Pigeon Press, we love poetry. We love the poetry of KAAREM’s garments, and we try to find poetic relationships across fields and time." - Tammy Nguyen

On the back of this paper is a poem that is a little bit about folds and a little bit about dreams by Harlem Renaissance poet Georgia Douglass Johnson. Ms. Johnson worked for most of her life in Washington DC, but is considered part of the artistic movement that stemmed out of the Harlem neighborhood in New York City. Passenger Pigeon Press operates out of Harlem, but they like to think of our ideas as having no fixed location.

My Little Dreams
BY GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON

I’m folding up my little dreams
Within my heart tonight,
And praying I may soon forget
The torture of their sight.

For time’s deft fingers scroll my brow
With fell relentless art—
I’m folding up my little dreams
Tonight, within my heart.

from The Heart of a Woman and Other Poems (The Cornhill Company, 1918)

About Passenger Pigeon Press

Passenger Pigeon Press is an independent publishing platform devoted to the pursuit of nuance. They publish Martha’s Quarterly and other artist books which explore politically urgent issues by bringing together people of disparate thoughts and producing books with playful Structures. Passenger Pigeon Press was founded and is directed by Vietnamese-American artist Tammy Nguyen in 2016. You can follow on instagram @passengerpigeonpress and visit their website at www.passengerpigeonpress.com.

Tammy Nguyen

About Tammy Nguyen

Tammy Nguyen is a multimedia artist whose work spans painting, drawing, printmaking and book making. Intersecting geopolitical realities with fiction, her practice addresses lesser-known histories through a blend of myth and visual narrative. She is the founder of Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent press that joins the work of scientists, journalists, creative writers, and artists to create politically nuanced and cross-disciplinary projects.

Born in San Francisco, Nguyen received a BFA from Cooper Union in 2007. The year following, she received a Fulbright scholarship to study lacquer painting in Vietnam, where she remained and worked with a ceramics company for three years thereafter. Nguyen received an MFA from Yale in 2013 and was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship at Wave Hill in 2014. She has exhibited at the Rubin Museum, The Factory Contemporary Arts Centre in Vietnam, and the Bronx Museum, among others. Her work is included in the collections of Yale University, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, MIT Library, the Seattle Art Museum, the Walker Art Center Library, and the Museum of Modern Art Library.

Visit her website: tammynguyenstudio.com

  1. Tammy Nguyen x Passenger Pigeon Press x Kaarem Notebook with a Vietnamese School Pen