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By accident I came across Traplines and Trails, A Book of Master Trapping Methods, written in 1925 by E. J. Dailey, in a pile of free books at the local library. Certainly the charming appointment of the book with its childlike Edwardian typeface, soft vellum paper, and black and white photographs was seductive and disarming; the folksy tone of the language describing the “gentle art of trapping” and the “call of the trails” was a stark contrast to the grainy photos of animals caught live in leghold traps.

Disarming Language is a collection of digital prints based on photographs and text. This visual essay explores a genre of early 20th century literature and a philosophical contradiction that spans a century.


About the Author

Ann Jaeger
fabrika Ontario, Canada

A. Jaeger graduated from the Ontario College of Art, Design Department, in 1979, where she specialized in textiles. A visual artist and writer, she enjoys researching her work and considered it a compliment when her work was once described as "ruthless journalism." She currently writes an online arts journal Trout in Plaid.

Co-author C.J. MacLeod (THE CRAZY WISDOM SAMPLER COOKBOOK) is a writer and painter who lives in Mexico. Her artwork can be seen at and she blogs at

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heatherohall says

My favorite conceptual artist and writer since my adolescence, with such a unique appreciation for language and image applied to a compelling topic - hunter and hunted; life and death in the crucible of Annie's precious hands as artist and abiding protector of animals.

posted at 07:09pm Nov 24 PST


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