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Men Plant Trees Book–Hope

Monday, July 25th, 2022

The code is the word, Hope.

Book

Book Binding

Book Binding

Book Cover

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

Page 7

Page 8

Page 9

Page 10

Page 11

Materials–Roofing felt, linen fiber, watercolor paper, paste paper, PVA, oak leaves, printed text.

Scale
Closed 5.25″ x 6.25″ x .5″
Open 9.75″ x 6.25″


Six Pocket Small Book

Monday, July 25th, 2022

Bead Closure

Label Changed

Bead Closure Removed

Text Inside Front

Pages with Oak Leaves

Text Inside Back

Materials–paper, fiber, pit-fired bead, oak leaves, printed text, wax, PVA
Scale: Closed 4.25″ x 1.5″ x 1.25″, Open 4.25″ x 3.25″ x .5″


Dad 10 Year Anniversary Book

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022

Tomorrow will be the 10th anniversary of the death of my dad.
Currently researching how to make art in the book format. Thought I would try a few things and also make a little piece to celebrate my dad.

The code is based on Morse/Celtic Tree Code.

Code is Dad
Book Cover
Code is Date of Birth and Death
Dates
Ten Years
Ten Years
Lost
Lost
Not
Not
Forgotten
Forgotten

Materials–Paper, paste paper, cloves, fiber, roofing felt, knife (found in Dad’s things).
4.75″ x 3″ x 1.25″

Paste paper–Recipe based on Penland video–

Paste-Paper Painting

Watch Yourself

Saturday, June 11th, 2022

Watch Yourself

Watch Yourself
Watch Yourself

Watch Yourself

Watch Yourself

Materials–hardware cloth, wood, steamer parts, fiber (linen, cotten,and Bamboo), mirror, safety pins, wax.

Scale–10.5″ x 12.5″ x1.75″


Flowers Evoke Memories

Saturday, June 11th, 2022

Code is three words stitched vertically–flowers evoke memories.

Flowers Evoke Memories

Flowers Evoke Memories

Flowers Evoke Memories

Materials–altered found frame, paint, PVA, dried flowers, cork, paper, bamboo fiber, tacks.

Scale–7.5″ x 10.25″ x 1.75″


A Part of My Dad’s Collection

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

When I visited my parents, before my dad became unwell, he would pull out his stamp collection and tell stories about the history of the stamps.

After my dad died, I snagged some of his collection. Not the stamps of value, but the cancelled ones were of value to me.

Piece in Progress

The photo will be inserted to the inside of the lid. The coco fiber blanket to line interior box bottom.
Parts to assemble

My Parents’ Wedding Photo and a Map of Marion Ohio where they lived for over 50 years.

Lid Interior

Coils of Stamps

Stamp Coils

Coil 1

I used three different stamps, two colors of flowers, one butterfly.
The two colors of flower stamps were used for the code. The butterfly stamps were used for spacer between words.

Coil 1

The gold lines and stitching separated the letters in the words.

Coil 1 Detail

Coil 2

Coil 2

Used red thread to stitch each stamp with a single letter. All of the stamps used were flowers and birds.

Coil 2 Detail

Coil 2 Detail

The exception is the stamps used for the word part. I used four stamps that dealt with freedom and democracy.

Coil 2 Detail

Coil 3
All of the stamps were for air mail post.

Coil 3

There is a strip of an aeronautical chart on the back of the stamps, because it fits contextually but also for stability.

Coil 3 Detail

Coil 3 Detail

Beads for Closure
Tying the lid on didn’t quite work, so I made three beads to string onto the tie.

Box Tied

Box Tied

Two of the beads have stamps with images of endangered plants. The center bead has two stamps–one that states freedom of speech, the other a stamp cancelled with Marion, Ohio.

Beads

Bead

Completed Piece

Box Tied

Box Untied

Box Untied

The code is–A few memories of my dad.

Code on lid

Box Interior and Contents

Box Interior

Stamp Coils

Stamp Coils

Stamp Coils

Completed Piece
7.25″ x 3.75″ 4.25″

Materials–cancelled postage stamps, aeronautical chart, paper, found box, paint, wax, cocoa fiber, linen, red thread, cardboard tube, tree wrap, printed images, PVA.


Further from the Truth

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.

Truth

Truth

Truth

Truth

Truth piece with a few pieces made in 2010. Interesting to see them together.

Materials–Bamboo paper towel, tree wrap, linen fiber, oxidized safety pins and wire, roofing felt, hardware cloth, wood, wax.


Gifts–Art Making Leftovers

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Art Leftover

Art Leftover


Piece in Progress–Contemplate Something Beautiful

Sunday, April 17th, 2022

I am working on a piece that has the code–contemplate something beautiful. The code is based on a masonic cipher. Or the common Pigpen Cipher.

Contemplate something beautiful

I upcycled some green painters’ paper that was used as a template for a previous project. Made the blocks from tree wrap and cotton twine. Used safety pins and cotton thread to attach to the blocks to the background. Then used a solution of salt, peroxide, and white vinegar to age the metal. Unfortunately I used stainless washers for the twine icord at the top.

Contemplate something beautiful

This morning the piece still wasn’t dry so I placed it outside to finish drying. When I checked on it, I found that a spent Brugmansia flower had fallen onto it.

Contemplate something beautiful

I think it looks beautiful as part of the piece. Will I keep it? Maybe…


Further From the Truth

Friday, March 11th, 2022

Another piece that I am attempting to complete.

The quote in code is–The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.

Drifts From Truth Layout

January 10 2021

Attached code blocks to tree wrap squares with safety pins.

Drifts From Truth

Drifts from Truth Layout, January 9 2021

Had thought about maybe stitching the blocks together.

Drifts From Truth

March 9 2021

When I revisited the piece last week, I decided that I liked the safety pins.

Attached the blocks to a piece of thin paper with PVA. After a thorough drying, attached the blocks to a piece of roofing felt. Then I applied clear shellac. Didn’t expect the result to be so glossy.

Further from the Truth

Further from the Truth

I used the same processes and materials for the separate test piece. After a thorough drying, I sanded the exposed white bamboo areas, then applied a product that I hoped would replace roofing tar.

Further from the Truth

Not sure what I think of the result.
Further from the Truth

The second test–To dull the finish and age it a bit, I applied a thin application of Rust-Oleum 2X Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Matte Clear Spray Paint.

Further from the Truth

Before I decide how to complete the piece, I am thinking about trying another test with paste wax.

I think that sanding the piece so that some of the code is frayed would be appropriate for the quote.
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The quote is often attributed to George Orwell, but it seems that the author is Selwyn Duke.

Materials–Bamboo paper towel (white fabric), bamboo thread, safety pins, tree wrap, roofing felt, PVA, shellac.