2005 Book arts and text-based art

Benu book for blogBenu: poplar wood, acrylic paint, bronze leaf, bone beads, varnish, linen and polyester cord. Slat construction anchored by cords 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 for blogTiny Planet pages for blog


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 for blogTropica 2 pages for blog




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 for blog








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 for blog





Jade Leaves: carved basswood, inlaid jade leaves, embroidered and painted linen. Jade leaves pages for blogApprox: 1.5″ x 3″ x 1.5″. Accordion-fold construction. Topic: Original poem about springtime. Texas Tech University, Southwest Collections.

City at Night cover for blog





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.

City at Night for blogTopic: 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.Materia Prima for blog

Late Light detail for blog





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 cover for blog




The Snow Man: embroidered and applique linen and cotton, freshwater pearl, rock crystal, stoneware button, waxed linen cord. The Snow Man pages for blogApprox: 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 for blog





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 for blog




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.

leather and silk tapestry



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