2004 Book arts and text-based art

Crane book -- AmberAmber: embroidered fabric, wood, amber beads, cotton embroidery thread, waxed polyester. Approx 1.75″ x 5″ x 1.75″ Topic: scientific, historic, and folkloric notations about the fossil gem amber. Private collection.

Crane book -- Pi openPi: 
cotton and linen fabric embroidered with Pi to the 60th place, walnut wood covers and stand, glass beads, waxed polyester. Approx 1.5″ x 6″ x 1.5″ Topic: notations and original poetry about Pi. Private collection.


Shell Codex: silk, eelskin, shell, walnut, waxed polyester. Approx 1″ x 7″ opened. Topic: folding codex with numerical arrangements of shell discs. Finished as necklace. Private collection.

Mirror: embroidered fabric, mirrors, cotton embroidery thread, acrylic paint, glass beads, waxed polyester. Approx 5″ x 4″ x 1.5″ Topic: original poetry about mirrors in myth and fable. Private collection.

Crane book -- Coast Coin open

Coast Coin: canvas, shell rings, leather, basswood, acrylic paint, shell beads, waxed polyester.
Approx 2″ x 5″ opened. Topic: coastal landscapes. Private collection.

Crane book -- Continental Divide backCrane book -- Continental Divide openContinental Divide: cotton and linen fabric applique, cotton embroidery thread, woodburned oak, acrylic paint, bone, leather, glass beads. Approx 5″ x 7″ x 2″ Topic: original poetry and historic quotes link the geographic and cultural divides in America circa the 2004 Presidential election. Collection Yale University, Art Library, Special Collections.

Crane book -- Tulip openTulip: embroidered cotton, silk, painted leather covers, walnut spine and stand, glass beads, waxed polyester. Approx 1.5″ x 5.5″ x 1.5″ Topic: paintings and original poetry about tulips. Private collection. 

Crane book -- Red Moon coversRed Moon: redheart wood, red jasper, tooled leather, acrylic paint, carved and dyed bone, upholstery fabric, cotton embroidery thread, waxed polyester. Approx 2″ x 2″ x 1″  Topic: moonlit scenes etched on bone covers lead into pages documenting the stages of a lunar eclipse. Collection Ringling School of Art & Design, for gift.

Crane book -- Knot 1Knots 1: embroidered and digitally printed cotton, commercial clothing labels, cotton embroidery thread, bone, basswood, leather, acrylic paint, waxed polyester. Approx 1.25″ x 3″ x 1.25″ Topic: original poetry about knots. Private collection. 

Crane book -- Turquoise Traces openTurquoise Traces: carved, pierced, painted poplar and leather covers inset with turquoise nuggets; leather pages inlaid with cotton embroidery and turquoise beads in geometric patterns. Approx 2″ x 5″ x 2″ University of New Mexico Library Special Collections 

Crane book -- Smoke & Flame openSmoke and Flame: carved, pierced, painted oak and leather covers inset with gray labradorite discs; russet and gray leather pages inset with smoke and flame designs in cotton embroidery and gemstone beads including smoky quartz, gray labradorite, freshwater pearl, carnelian, garnet, and sunstone. Approx 3.5″ x 5.5″ x 2″ Private collection. 

Crane book -- Tropica 1 coversTropica 1: carved and painted leather, basswood, acrylic paint, glass and shell beads, waxed polyester. Approx 1.5″ x 3″ x 1.5″ Topic: painted vignettes of a beach seen at progressively closer viewpoints from aerial to microscopic. Private collection. 

Crane book -- Star Map covers


Star Map 1, 2, 3: basswood, embroidered and painted linen, cotton embroidery thread, glass beads, waxed linen. Approx 4″ x 4″ x 1.5″ Topic: glow-in-the-dark paint and thread create a background of fantasy star maps and manuscript sketches; in daylight only the black words ‘Per Aspera Ad Astra’ show up. Collections of University of Denver and University of New Mexico Zimmerman Library. Private collection

Crane book -- Plateau GuardiansPlateau Guardians: carved, painted leather and oak covers; leather pages embroidered with Western American landscapes alternate with pages of right-angle weave beadwork; glass beads and waxed polyester tassels. Approx: 3.5″ x 5.5″ x 2″ Private collection.

Crane tapestry -- Watershed lamentWatershed Lament: embroidered and applique linen and cotton, dyed and woodburned oak,
shell, glass, waxed polyester. Approx 54″ x 11″ Topic: original poetry and drawings follow the path of a river from source to ocean. Private collection.

Crane book -- Wait

Wait: embroidered linen and cotton, leather, wengewood, walnut, rock crystal cabochons, acrylic paint, glass beads, porcelain beads, waxed polyester. Approx 3.5″ x 5.5″ x 2″ Topic: original poetry celebrating a marriage from youth through old age. Private collection.


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