Benu: poplar wood, acrylic paint, bronze leaf, bone beads, varnish, linen and polyester cord. Slat construction anchored by braided cords (with bone ankh finials) and a slide bead. Approx: 1.75″ x 6″ x 1″. Topic: woodburned original text recounts the ancient Egyptian myth of the Benu, or Phoenix. Wrapped in red linen and a custom-painted box. (A total homage to my Egyptomania phase of 1976. I plan to re-do this book.) Private collection.
Tiny Planet: walnut, varnish, sodalite, leather, cotton embroidery thread, glass beads, polyester cord. Approx: 1.5″ x 3″ x 1.25″.
Woodburned walnut covers inlaid with a sodalite disc bracket accordion-fold leather pages inlaid with miniature embroidered landscapes. Private collection.
Tropica 2: carved leather, acrylic paint, varnish, beaded and embroidered petit-point, shell beads, waxed linen cord.
Approx: 1.5″ x 2.75″ x 1″. Box spine construction. Topic: a return to the theme of progressively more detailed views of a coral atoll from aerial to beach close-up shot. Private collection.
Bone and Oak: carved bone, woodburned oak, varnish, bone beads, waxed polyester cord. Approx: 2″ x 3″ x 1″. Box-spine construction.
Topic: original poem about the archetype of the Horned God. Private collection.
Jade Leaves: carved basswood, inlaid jade leaves, embroidered and painted linen.
Approx: 1.5″ x 3″ x 1.5″. Accordion-fold construction. Topic: Original poem about springtime. Texas Tech University, Southwest Collections.
City at Night: purpleheart wood, acrylic paint, varnish, glass beads, cotton embroidery thread, waxed polyester cord. Approx: 1.75″ x 3″ x 1″. Box spine construction.
Topic: woodburned city design on cover leads to stylized nighttime cityscapes worked in peyote and net-stitched beads. Texas Tech University, Southwest Collections.
Materia Prima: poplar wood, varnish, leather, bone beads, glass beads, serpentine beads, waxed polyester cord. Approx: 5.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.75″. Box spine construction. Topic: woodburned covers and pages showcase Earth, Air, Water, and Fire – the Four Elements of alchemy and their mythical and scientific properties. UCLA Young Research Library Special Collections.
Late Light: leather, embroidered fabric, turquoise beads, red jasper beads, acrylic paint, bronze leaf, varnish, waxed linen cord. Approx: 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 1.75″. Box-spine construction. Topic: embroidered vignettes of New Mexico landscapes, inside tooled leather covers accented with turquoise discs and bronze leaf. Stolen from Scottsdale gallery January 2006.
The Snow Man: embroidered and applique linen and cotton, freshwater pearl, rock crystal, stoneware button, waxed linen cord. Approx: 3.75″ x 7″ x 1.5″. Wrapped fabric covers and fabric pages, handpainted and embroidered winter vignettes. Topic: the poem ‘The Snow Man’ by Wallace Stevens. Collection University of Washington.
Color Play: poplar wood, acrylic paint, varnish, beaded and embroidered fabric, glass beads, waxed polyester cord. Approx: 7″ x 6″ x 2″. Topic: folklore about the Primary and Secondary Colors (red, blue, yellow, purple, green, orange). Box spine construction. Featured in Quarry Book’s 2005 Fiber Art Journals. Private collection.
Handprint (wall sculpture): poplar, varnish, shell, bone, glass, metal, waxed linen, waxed polyester cord. Approx: 20″ x 11″ x 2″. Topic: woodburned handprint and engineering diagrams on box; beaded tassels each bear one sentence of an original poem about human ingenuity and craft. Private collection.
Silk and Leather Tapestry (wall sculpture): tooled and painted cowhide, red Scalamandre silk velvet, polyester thread and cord, wood curtain hanger, acrylic paint. Approx. 56″h x 43″w. Topic: based off an heirloom Ukrainian piece, this leather and red velvet tapestry incorporates traditional pysanky Easter-egg designs as well as stylized references to a client’s family properties, pets, avocations, and family jokes.
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