Friday, April 27, 2012

Every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song

John Muir's exquisite words describing his long love affair with nature was the initial draw for me in creating this book. I had the piano scroll for a while...liking the fact that it could morph into a book easily. The idea for the finished piece came to me in a dream/awake state one night about 2 am. I like the synchronism of Muir repeating the words "song and singing" with function of the player piano music sheet making a perfect connection between the two. Engineering a way to roll the scroll back into the box by incorporating more antique elements with the glass knobs and brass rod completed the book. 

Medium/Materials Used: Antique player-piano music with original box. Calligraphy done with a Timothy Leigh handmade pen and Ziller North Wind White waterproof ink. Decorative handmade paper from Italy. Antique glass knobs and threaded brass rod.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Postcard exchange 2011

Here are our postcards we all sent last year 2011

Book Arts Show at Allied Arts 2011

Here is a shot of a portion of the amazing group show we had at the Allied Arts Gallery in Richland, Washington.

A close up of Laura Gable's trio of interactive sculptures.
Kuan Yin trio of wall hanging/books. "Love" "Peace" and "Compassion" ©Laura Gable

Artist June Hansen made the most amazing journal quilt and bound it together in book form:
©June Hansen,  Journal Quilts ~ Life in the UK

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Tri City Book Art's Show at the Allied Arts Gallery.

Artist Kriss Bottino's Book was featured at the Book Arts Show:
©Kriss Bottino

detail of the words "A family tree..." by ©Kriss Bottino

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Slowly getting ideas for my next book.  I have wonderful wood, some leather and some poems.  But sometimes the overall idea is slow to form.  Guess I'll just keep staring at it until I know where to begin.  Practiced calligraphy for four hours yesterday.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thought I'd decorate, add some color

A Home Without Books Is Like
A House Without Windows.  

From the BA-BR series
D Gangl is the BEST!!!   I was at wits end searching how to possibly cut the 200 insets for my Shrub-Steppe books and he helped me out.   He built me a jig.  It's magic.  I now have a new router, a nifty jig that is quick and perfect.  Truly, I stopped just short of sobbing with gratitude.

Friday, March 16, 2012

I'll spend two hours today speaking to students at a Kennewick Middle School about Book Arts.  Great fun.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Working on a new book.  Wood cover, irregular shaped pages.  Now to find the perfect quotes for the content.  Must be about nature.
Also found a new book on Book Arts at the museum in La Conner this week.  Will share this at the next meeting.
Trying to practice calligraphy 1 to 2 hours a day. . .

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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