From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

Interstitial Arts Foundation Auction

Interfictions 2, the second anthology of new “interstitial” fiction from the Interstitial Arts Foundation, was released by Small Beer Press on November 3rd, 2009. The anthology, edited by acclaimed authors Delia Sherman and Christopher Barzak, further explores the interstices of genre and form, drawing ever-changing maps of what literary art can be.

In honor of their first Interfictions anthology, the IAF held a jewelry auction in the summer of 2007: each piece was inspired by stories within that pioneering collection, which critics hailed as “odd, deep, delightful…”. Now, in 2009, the Interstitial Arts Foundation is crossing their own previously-erected borders and has opened the auction up to all manner of portable art.

A wide array of artists – dollmakers, painters, jewelry-crafters, knitters, and more – were invited to create pieces inspired by the
border-crossing works in the first and second Interfictions anthologies. Through the alchemy of word and imagination and raw
materials they have created over 30 stunning pieces, ranging from an evocatively alien sculpture by Jane Washburn (inspired by Theodora Goss’ “Child-Empress of Mars”), an eloquent necklace by SToNZ (inspired by “Valentines” by Shira Lipkin), complex and exquisite handmade art books from Wendy Ellertson and Erzebet Yellowboy (of Papaveria Press), Kate Schaefer’s hat that can be both worn and read, and many other intriguing pieces that are themselves works of interstitial art: illustration and handcraft, fine art and utilitarian . . . all and none of the above.

The online Interfictions Auction began November 1st and will run through early December, making this a convenient place to shop for one of a kind Christmas gifts. Opening bids range from $10 – $50, though of course the value of many is much higher. All proceeds go toward supporting the Interstitial Arts Foundation and its projects.

To learn more about the auction and see previews of the available art, visit

About the Interstitial Arts Foundation: The IAF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the study, support, and promotion of interstitial art: literature, music, visual and performance art found in the interstices, the places between categories and genres – art that crosses borders.