Archive for the ‘Code’ Category

Book–Read

Monday, October 16th, 2023

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.

Bradbury Read

Binary Code–Read
Bradbury Read

You Don’t Have To
Bradbury Read

You
Bradbury Read

Bradbury Read

Burn Books To
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Destroy Culture. Just
Bradbury Read

Bradbury Read

Get People To Stop
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Reading Them.
Bradbury Read

Notes on Work
Bradbury Read

Bradbury Read

There is a square knot between each page.
Bradbury Read
Bradbury Read

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

Tuesday, September 5th, 2023

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
Old Friends

Lesson of
Old Friends

Advancing Years
Old Friends

Is The Realization
Old Friends

That You Can’t
Old Friends

Make Old Friends
Old Friends

.
Old Friends

Notes Envelope
Old Friends

Notes
Old Friends

Back Cover
Old Friends

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

Scale–6.25″ x 5.75″ x 1″


Birthday Card

Wednesday, August 30th, 2023

Cover Code–Happy Happy

Birthday Tim
Birthday Tim
Birthday Tim
Birthday Tim
Birthday Tim
Birthday Tim

Update Card
Didn’t like the white border around the stamped Happy Birthday. Added a layer of green rust paper and printed sentiment.
Birthday Tim

Materials–Rust paper, paste paper, paper, fiber, leaf, ink, print, sealant.
Scale–5″ x 3.75″


Harmony–Gandhi

Sunday, August 20th, 2023

The quote used is based on a Gandhi quote.

Harmony

Layered Code–Happy Happy
Harmony

Happiness is when what you
Harmony

think, say, and do
Harmony

are in harmony.
Harmony

Harmony
Harmony
Harmony

A few details
Harmony
Harmony
Harmony
Harmony

Materials–Rust Paper, Reused Packing Paper, Fiber, Metal, Sealant

Scale–12.5 cm x 9 cm (25cm open) x 2 cm


Birthday Card

Tuesday, August 15th, 2023

Code on front of the card is Happy Birthday.

Birthday Card

Birthday Card

Monoprint of a Brugmansia Leaf
Birthday Card


Thanks Bunches Card

Thursday, August 3rd, 2023

A thank you card for a friend who sent a parcel filled with flower bulbs.

Thanks Bunches

Used finishing nails with a solution to rust them.
Thanks Bunches
Thanks Bunches

Materials–Rust paper, fiber, and sealant.

Scale–3.75″ x 5″


Harmony

Sunday, July 30th, 2023

“Happiness is when what you think, say, and do are in harmony.” Based on a Gandhi quote.

Sealant applied to protect the rust paper and to secure the fiber.

Harmony

Details of the rust paper, code, and binding. The piece is still damp from the sealant.
Harmony
Harmony
Harmony
Harmony

Notes attached to the back of the piece.
Harmony

Idea for the piece was the result of seeing the vent over the door to the laundry room.

Harmony

Hung the piece over the door inside the guest bathroom.

Harmony

After it is hung for a few days, I will attach a piece of foam tape to the bottom. It will secure the piece and prevent it from moving about every time the door is opened and closed.


Ignorance with Power

Friday, July 21st, 2023

Ignorance combined with power is the most ferocious enemy of justice. Based on a James Baldwin quote.

Ignorance Power
Ignorance Power
Ignorance Power

Materials–monoprints, fiber, packing envelope, paper, ink, adhesive.

Scale–23.75″ x 8.5″ x .25″


Friendship

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023

O.Henry quote–Friendship is not an accident.

Friendship

Modified Morse Code is used. Green background is used for dots. Cream background is used for dashes, Kraft paste paper is used for spacers.

Friendship

Materials–paper, rust paper, paste paper, fiber, bamboo, packing tape, sealant.

Scale–30.25″ x 9.25″ x .25″


Friend Gift

Monday, July 17th, 2023

A friend is a gift you give yourself.
This is a Robert Louis Stevenson quote.

Friend Gift
Friend Gift

Material–Packing envelope, rust paper, fiber, bamboo, and sealant.

Scale–14.75″ x 13.75″ x .5″