Beauty Piece

2016. Letterpress on paper. Edition of 20. 3.125 x 1.0 x 0.25 in. Developed at Penland School of Crafts (NC). Special thanks to Marianne Dages.

Inspired by Yoko Ono’s performative/poetic works, ‘this is beautiful’ is set in 8pt Bodoni Bold, 12 pt Bodoni Bold, and 12 pt Franklin Gothic. The project was printed and completed at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC as part of Marianne Dages’ workshop.

Carry these cards with you.
Place a card somewhere

meaningful, wherever or
whenever it feels right.
Leave it for someone to

These cards say—
this is beautiful.

2016 summer
Rachele Riley
Penland workshop with Marianne Dages


Beauty Piece was mentioned in the December 12, 2016 Smile Politely review by Marika Christofides:

‘…Rachele Riley’s “Beauty Piece” is a collection of charming printed cards reading “This is beautiful” in different fonts, for the owner to leave wherever he or she finds beauty in everyday life. Whoever finds the card is then invited to see the world through the eyes of whoever left the card. While some of the art [in the larger exhibition] was more pessimistic, I appreciated “Beauty Piece’s” simple celebration of personal discovery…’