Truth–Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan quote–We wish to find the truth, no matter where
it lies. But to find the truth we need imagination and skepticism both.
We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish
speculation from fact.

Code is modified tap code in a domino format.

Tap Code

Domino Format

The upper portion in stitched is a lighter green than the bottom portion.

Domino Format

Since C and K are typically the same I decided to give K the code 63 (C is 13), comma 85, and period 88.

Unfortunately, when I photographed the piece with my phone, the dark green fiber is difficult to distinguish from the black domino cards.
Completed Piece

Completed Piece

Materials–Paper, Fiber, PVA, Binder Clips

Scale–11” x 35” x 1”

Book–Second Bradbury quote

Ray Badbury quote–There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches.




This is the second time I used burnt matches for binary code. The large single matches on a card are spacers between words.

Do the colors of the cards mean anything? Yes, modified Morse code. The layout is the repeated word Read.

Page 1 There is more
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Page 2 than one way
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Page 3 to burn a book
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Page 4 . And the
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Page 5 world is full
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Page 6 of people
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Page 7 running about
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Page 8 with lit
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Page 9 matches.
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Envelope for Notes on Piece
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Materials–Monoprints, rust paper, paper, burnt matches, clip nuts, safety pins, metal, waxed linen, cotton, pit-fired bead.


Friendship is a Sheltering Tree

Sheltering Tree

Made a code combining Morse and Clock. Short lines are used for dots and long lines for dashes. The code is–
Friendship is a sheltering tree. It is a Samuel Taylor Coleridge quote.

Plant materials are from my gardens. California Live Oaks have sharp and prickly leaves. The needles are from, I think it is the White Pine. They are also a bit prickly.

Materials–Plant material, paper, safety pins, fiber, PVA.
Scale–21.5” x 18.5” x .5”


Every day there are reports of multiple books banned because some people found them offensive. Often those same people haven’t even read them. Simple Solution–if you believe that you won’t like a book; don’t read it. Don’t make books unavailable for people who would find them enjoyable, interesting, and informative.

My mother was an avid reader. She taught me to love and respect books. Some of my fondest memories are of our monthly visits to the pubic library. I loved walking through the stacks, looking for, and finding something wonderful to read.

I continued the practice when I was in college and grad school. One of the benefits about being a grad student, was being permitted to keep books for an entire term. I loved that I had a borrowed library in my apartment.

Whenever I had extra money, I bought books. I have over 1,300 printed books and nearly 650 digital books. My printed books are on shelves and stacked all over the house–on chairs, floors, desks, and my studio work table. Some books are stored in boxes in the garage. Digital books are nice because they take up little space. Just not the same sensory experience as touching, smelling, and reading paper books.

As a young adult, I never considered folding a page or making marks in my books. Most likely it was the result of decades of borrowing. Now I make notes, comments, and even record ideas for art projects. I am warming to digital books. It is easy to make highlights and add notes. The search feature and print function saves loads of time.

For the past year, I have been making books based on my reading and current events. I like that most of the books I made are small and intimate. Some are wee things can be secreted away in a shirt pocket.

I integrate several of the same techniques and materials I used in previous work. The connection to past work, makes the book format comfortable while I am learning new techniques and processes.

Read–Ray Bradbury

The Ray Bradbury quote used in the piece is–You don’t have to burn books to destroy culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

This is the first piece that I used a binary code. Since I planned to use burnt matches for the code, binary was a good fit. The book was completed in September.

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Binary Code–Read
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You Don’t Have To
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Burn Books To
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Destroy Culture. Just
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Get People To Stop
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Reading Them.
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Notes on Work
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There is a square knot between each page.
Bradbury Read
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Materials–Burnt Matches, Cardboard, Packing Envelope, Paper, Fiber, Metal bits, Gaffer Tape, PVA, Adhesive, Ink, Sealant.

Scale_11.5″ x 9.75″ x 2.5″

Book–Old Friends

Used a Christopher Hitchens quote–A melancholy lesson of advancing years is the realization that you can’t make old friends.

Cover Code is Old Friends
Old Friends

A Melancholy
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Lesson of
Old Friends

Advancing Years
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Is The Realization
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That You Can’t
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Make Old Friends
Old Friends

Old Friends

Notes Envelope
Old Friends

Old Friends

Back Cover
Old Friends

Materials–monoprints, tree wrap, paper, metal, fiber, PVA

Scale–6.25″ x 5.75″ x 1″