2008 Book arts and text-based art

Star Dust: iridescent opalized leather, rhinestones, silk, nylon. Approx: 1.75” x 7” open. Topic: round accordion pages of iridescent blue leather frame .75” fabric inlays. Glass rhinestones and beaded nylon evoke starfields on the reverse. Embroidered silk text (featured): ‘To and from star dust go.’ Private collection.

Rain Chain: painted and embroidered linen scroll, cotton thread, glass, osage orange wood. Approx: 2.5” x 18” open. Topic: excerpt from Thomas Lovell Beddoes poem Song: ‘Tell me how many beads there are / In a silver chain / Of evening rain, / Unravell’d from the tumbling main, / And threading the eye of a yellow star: / So many times do I love again.’ University of Pittsburgh, Library Special Collections.

Valentine heart for blogValentine Heart: 5 painted and embroidered fabric pages showcase abstract heart designs and ‘love’ in various languages. Approx: 2” x 2.75”. Private collection.

Secret Heart books for blog

Secret Heart 1, 2, 3: map-folded painted polyester felt, wood, glass, waxed poly thread. Approx: 1.5” x 5” open. Topic: Valentine-themed mini books.  Collection Texas Tech University.

Blue Glass: printed and embroidered fabric, waxed polyester thread, glass, carved and painted leather covers, bronze leaf, dyed oak box-spine. Approx: 5” x 7” x 1.75”. Topic: original poem about human reactions to beauty. Available from Vamp & Tramp Booksellers.

Neon Cities: carved and painted leather covers, wengewood box spine, embroidered indigo linen, wood, leather, glass, waxed polyester thread. Approx: 4” x 7” x 2”. Topic: an ABC book listing 26 of the world’s major cities, as celebrated by their night-time presences. Collection Emory University.

Jade Lands: Coptic-bound cotton rag paper, handmade Indian paper, viridian and jade watercolor pigments, woodburned and painted oak covers, bone and glass beads, waxed polyester thread. Approx: 2” x 6.5” x 1.75”. Topic: abstract and landscape paintings using gemstone watercolor pigments on cotton rag paper. Available through Vamp & Tramp Booksellers.

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