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Memorial Piece

Thursday, May 18th, 2023

Five years ago, May 15th my mother died. I rather liked this quote to celebrate her life. And I made her favorite cookie recipe.

Quote Used–Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever.


Yep, it is hung very near a corner.

Materials–paper, fiber, PVA, Frame, paint.

Scale–11″ x 14″ x .5″

Trust Yourself Wallpiece

Monday, May 15th, 2023

Trust Yourself Closed

Trust Yourself Open

Trust Yourself Detail

When you start to wonder if you can trust someone or not, that is when you already know you don’t.

Trust Yourself Detail

Trust Yourself Detail

Trust Yourself Detail

Girdle Clips
Trust Yourself Detail

Trust Yourself Detail

Girdle Clip Ties
Trust Yourself Detail

Rust Paper
Trust Yourself Detail

Materials–paper, rust paper, fiber, PVA, metal.

Scale–(closed) 18.75″ x 14.5″ x 1″; (open) 31.25″ x 14.5″ x 1″

Trust Yourself-Mistake and Repair

Saturday, May 13th, 2023

When you start to wonder if you can trust someone or not, that is when you already know you don’t.

Trust Yourself Front Cover

Raw Linen and Pit Fired Bead Closure
Trust Yourself Cover Detail

Trust Yourself Back Cover

Trust Yourself Unbound

When You
Trust Yourself

Left–Start To; Right–Wonder
Trust Yourself

While writing this post, I realized the code on the next pages is incorrect. The first clue was when I paused to read it and it didn’t make sense. A closer look, I found that the code is from the bottom to top. The page was bound in upside down and back to front.

Repairing the book will be a challenge. I bound the pages together at the fold, then used PVA to glue them together. What I thought was a nice little book has now become something else.

Will the pages survive being pried apart to bind the book together?

Left–If You
Trust Yourself

Trust Yourself

Trust Yourself

Left–Can Trust; Right–Someone
Trust Yourself

Right–Or Not
Trust Yourself

Left–Comma; Right–That Is
Trust Yourself

Left–When You; Right–Already
Trust Yourself

Left–Know You; Right–Don’t
Trust Yourself

Trust Yourself

Notes Envelope
Trust Yourself

Trust Yourself

Materials–monoprints, paper, fiber, PVA, pit-fired beads.

Scale–8.5 cm x 9 cm x 1.5 cm Before taking it apart to repair it.

Repair Starts

I was able to pry the pages apart for rebinding the book.
Trust Repair

I wasn’t able to remove the cardstock from the cover monoprint. The cardstock was used to reinforce the front and back covers. I was able to open them, so should be able to stitch to the rest of the book. Time will tell.

Repair Complete

The stitching is a tad looser than the original binding. I originally used UHU stick glue. After reassembling and binding the book together, I added PVA to the cover.

Trust Yourself Repaired

I also used PVA to affix the folded pages together. The reason I do that, is to prevent the viewer from seeing the back side of the embroidery. Because PVA is wet compared, the back of the embroidery became wet. After drying it shows a bit through to the front and the pages look a bit crumpled.

Trust Yourself Repaired

Crumpled and messy would be okay if that was the intent. It would be okay if all of the pages were consistently so. Lesson Learned

I wonder what would happen if I applied a layer of PVA to the paper before embroidery? It would make the paper stronger. I suspect it would also be easier to affix the folded pages together because the paper would no longer be porous. Maybe two sided tape would work.

Trust Yourself Repaired

Trust Repair

Bird Singing

Tuesday, May 9th, 2023

Robert Louis Stevenson quote–Like a Bird Singing in the Rain, Let Grateful Memories Survive in Times of Sorrow.

Bird Singing

A piece from my memory bowl series is on the shelf. It is sitting on a metal junction box.

Bird Singing

Code Used
Bird Singing

Materials–tissue paper, paper, kraft paper scraps, CMC, fiber, frame.

Scale–11″ x 14″ x .25″ unframed,
Frame–16″ x 13″ x 1.5″

Book–Oak Sleeps

Saturday, May 6th, 2023

Quote–An oak sleeps in the acorn.

Oak Sleeps Cover

Oak Sleeps Front Cover Bound

Oak Sleeps Acorn

Oak Sleeps Acorn

Oak Sleeps Acorn

Oak Sleeps Cover, Code for Sleeps

Oak Sleeps Acorn

Oak Sleeps Back Cover

Oak Sleeps Cover Unbound

Oak Sleeps Front Cover Unbound

Oak Sleeps Page 1

Page 1, Code for the word An.

Oak Sleeps Page 2

Page 2, Code for the word Oak.

Oak Sleeps Page 3

Page 3, Code for the word Sleeps.

Oak Sleeps Page 4

Page 4, Code for the word In.

Oak Sleeps Page 5

Page 5, Code for the word The.

Oak Sleeps Page 6

Page 6, Code for the word Acorn.

Oak Sleeps Page 7

Page 7, Code for the symbol for a Period.

Oak Sleeps Page 8

Page 8, Envelope with notes on book.

Slip knot binding with linen thread that was hand waxed.

Slip Knot Binding

Slip Knot Binding

Materials–Monoprints, cardstock, tree wrap, fiber, acorn, ink, adhesive.
Scale–6″ x 4″ x 1.25″


Saturday, May 6th, 2023

Accept as true nothing which you do not clearly know to be so. Avoid hasty judgment and prejudice.

Eleanor Roosevelt book quoting Descarte.

Descarte Quote

The left margin has the code for the word, truth.
Descarte Quote Detail

I have had a difficult time documenting this piece. I hung it in several locations and no matter what, the images do not clearly show the piece.

Materials–Packing envelope, fiber, paper, wood glue.

Scale–38″ x 14″ x .25″

Book–Evil Quote

Saturday, April 29th, 2023

Hannah Arendt Quote
Hannah Arendt Quote

Closure–Knitted Band with Pit-Fired Beads
Book Cover

Monoprint of My Bunny James’ Eye.
Book Cover

Book Spine

Book Spine

Book Pages

Evil Seldom Arrives
Page 1

In A Big Box,
Page 2

Wrapped In A Bow,
Page 3

Labeled “Evil”.
Page 4

Instead, It Works In
Page 5

Small And Subtle Ways,
Page 6

Overtaking A Society
Page 7

Slowly But Surely,
Page 8

Working Its Way Through
Page 9

Those Grey Zones
Page 10

Where People Can’t
Page 11

See Clearly,
Page 12

Where They Aren’t Quite Sure
Page 13

What It Is They Are Dealing With,
Page 14

Where People Can’t
Page 15

Figure It Out,
Page 16

It’s Too
Page 17

Page 18

Note Envelope


Materials–Monoprints, paper, fiber, pit-fired beads, sealant.

Scale–4″ x 5″ x 2″

Book–Pussy Willow Song

Tuesday, April 25th, 2023

The book cover is made of three pieces of embroidered hardware cloth. The code of the cover is the word willow. Three Salix cuttings were bound together and then bound to the book cover.
Pussy Willow Book 01A

Pussy Willow Book 01B

Pussy Willow Book 01C

Pussy Willow Book 02

Pussy Willow Book 03

Pussy Willow Book 04

Each page is a piece of textured paper with a slightly wider sheet of green paper.
Pussy Willow Book 05

I used a modified Masonic cipher for the code. I made the texture by rolling each sheet diagonally (corner 1) around a piece of dowel. Removed the rolled paper from the dowel. Folded it in half, then pressed the folds together. Rolled the paper diagonally (corner three), folded each direction. The result is a grid of diamonds.

Pussy Willow Book 06

Pussy Willow Book 07

Note Envelope
Pussy Willow Book 08

Pussy Willow Book 09

Pussy Willow Song Wallpiece

Tuesday, April 25th, 2023

My Salix has catkins. When I was looking at them, I remembered a song I learned in school when I was a child. I suspect the song would be banned in most schools today.

I do have a tendency to perseverate. To attempt to rid myself of the Pussy Willow song I made the wallpiece and I am working on a book with the song in code.

Pussy Willow Song WP1

I have an old version of Flash that I use for layout. I like that I can make code symbols that can easily be replaced. I printed the layout and used it for piercing and reference.

Pussy Willow Song WP2A

Used a modified Morse Code–short lines for dots, long lines for dashes. Had the ide of connecting the lines for each letter, and for each word.

Pussy Willow Song WP2B

Pussy Willow Song WP3A

Bound Salix cuttings to the background to break up the text a bit.
Pussy Willow Song WP3B

Bound the catkins to the background with the hope of preventing them from falling off.
Pussy Willow Song WP4

The only space left in my office that was long enough for the piece.
Pussy Willow Song WP8

Note envelope attached to the back of the piece.
Pussy Willow Song WP9

The notes regarding scale are a bit messy. Originally I had another piece of paper glued to the notes. I thought about writing out the lyrics, but decided not. When I removed the paper there was a bit of glue residue left. It prevented the lead from making clear marks.
Pussy Willow Song WP9

It is a bother. I suspect I will erase the lot, remove the bit with glue and rewrite the notes.

Materials–Used packing envelope, paper, fiber, pussy willow cuttings.

Scale–30.5″ x 12″ x .5″ without hanger. The addition of the hanger adds approximately 7″.

Palm Book–Orwell

Thursday, April 20th, 2023

Palm Book with the George Orwell quote–The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.

Past Truth

The code is based on Morse Code. The diagonal lines above the line replace dots; the diagonal lines below replace the dashes.

Past Truth

Materials–paper, monoprints, fiber, pit-fired beads.

Scale–Bound 5″ x 2″ x 1.25″ Open 5″ x 22″ x .5″