THE THING Quarterly is a periodical in the form of an object. Each year, four artists, writers, musicians or filmmakers are invited by the editors (Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan) to create a useful object that somehow incorporates text. This object is reproduced, hand-wrapped at a wrapping party, and mailed to the homes of subscribers with the help of the United States Postal Service.
Produced entirely in San Francisco, California, with support from Levi’s Made & Crafted and clothing design companies Turk & Taylor and New Factory Friend, this issue has been designed with the intention that one will sleep with it…or on it. Like all issues of THE THING, this one is meant to be used.
Issue 22 is by LA-based conceptual artist John Baldessari. It consists of two 100% cotton sateen pillowcases measuring in at 20" x 26" with a 6" envelope pocket and featuring an image of a woman clutching a pillow. The black and white image is taken from a Hollywood film still in Baldessari's collection and has been silkscreened on each pillowcase with environmentally-friendly, water-based ink. The pillowcases are standard-sized and envelope-style. For those who like their thread count high, the issue clocks in at a solid 320 thread count.