2010 Book art and text-based art

Western Windows for blogWestern Windows: Approx. 2”x 2” x  6.5” Leather, embroidered and printed fabric, acrylic paint, waxed polyester cord, glass, carnelian, turquoise, agate, lapis lazuli. Topic: embroidered landscapes highlight three imaginary road trips around the western United States. Private collection Western Windows page for blog

Jazz Age closed for blogJazz Age: Approx. 1.25” x 3” x 1.5” Oak, tooled leather, acrylic paint, cotton/poly upholstery fabric, waxed polyester cord, glass.  Original poem and abstract appliques celebrate a Jazz Age nightclub. Private collection Jazz Age open for blog

Glass Flowers: Approx. 3” x 2” x 1.25” Tooled leather, bone, acrylic paint, polyester fabric, waxed polyester cord, glass beads. Topic: glass beads embroidered on translucent fabric evoke flowers strewn on water. Private collection Glass Flowers open for blogGlass Flowers closed for blog

Inch Square Books (5): Approx. 1” x 1” x 1” Aromatic red cedar, blank white cotton rag pages, red waxed polyester thread, basswood and glass bead closures. Private collection.Inch Square books for blog

Shangri La: Approx. 4.25” x 4.25” x 1.25” closed.  Origami map-fold construction of hand-painted, embroidered, beaded linen with covers of applique fabric and needlepoint.  Seam edges finished with turquoise waxed polyester cord fringes and glass beads. Topic: an imaginary Himalayan valley in autumn. University of Pittsburgh, Library Special Collection Shangri La open for blogShangri La covers for blog

Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts 2010 Awards Ribbons (17) 4” x 16” (1) 5” x 20”Tempe Best of Show Fall 2010 for blog

Two samples of the 18 ribbons created for different award categories. Pieced linen and cotton appliqué with laser-jet printed maps and text, beaded accents. Theme: Sunset skies in central Arizona.Tempe Metal Fall 2010 ribbon for blog

Road Trip: Approx. 4”x 5”x 2” closed, 4”x 44” open.  Nylon shadow-applique pages, leather, porcelain, acrylic paint, polyester thread , glass beads, oak pin closures.  Inside cover text:  ‘A winter journey through southern Colorado.’  Theme: hand-cut applique designs trace a road trip from home to the mountains. University of Denver, Penrose Library, Special CollectionsRoad Trip open for blog

Permafrost open for blogPermafrost: Approx.  2.25” x 2.25” x 1”  Marbled and white Lucite acrylic, linen, ramie, digitally-printed cotton, polyester thread, glass beads. Text:  “Permafrost:  A Lament /A layer of soil that remains frozen year-round, locking away/ carbon dioxide, methane, and water/ Hold back early spring/ Frozen brown earth traps an ancient poison/ This book is made of, or with, hydrocarbons/ Nylon spun from crude oil/ Linen processed by coal-derived Hungarian electricity/ Italian Lucite designer belt buckles/ And glass smelted in Chinese furnaces/ Pretty, isn’t it?/ Marian Crane 2007”   University of Pittsburgh, Library Special Collections


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