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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

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.


Another Nearly Completed Piece–A Gift From My Mother

Sunday, May 15th, 2022

This morning I applied liquid starch to the vessel. It is not yet dry.

Today is the anniversary of my mother’s death. The plant that she gave me is still doing well. It is a joy when a plant gift thrives.

Mother’s Gift

Mother’s Gift

Mother’s Gift

Code-a gift from my mother

Materials–knitted linen, dried succulent flowers, wood, metal, beads, starch.

The succulent was a gift from my mother. The metal plate was amongst my father’s things in his workshop.

Dimensions–13.5cm x 16.5cm x 8cm

The plant is the Red Velvet Echeveria.

2020 July

Succulent

2022 May
Succulent
Succulent


Nearly Completed–Old Men Plant Trees Book

Sunday, May 15th, 2022

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book

Oak Leaf Book
2022 May 15
Combed the back side of the coco blanket liner for easier removal of the book. Also applied PVA to the interior to secure the blanket in place. It was staying in with friction, but PVA will prevent the blanket from pulling out when removing the book.

Added to the fiber to cover a paper bowl (paper left over from another piece). After the bowl dries, I plan to do some stitchwork and code.

Coco Fiber and Paper Bowl

2022 May 16
Application of wax to seal the cardboard, soften the feel of the material, and to add some age. Once set, I will give the wax a buff.

The wax is soft, easy to apply, and does not have a harsh odor. It mixes nicely with a variety of materials.

Cover

Wax applied to the book covers.

Waxed Book Covers

2022 May 17
The application of wax gives the cover a softer feel.

Waxed Book Covers

Waxed Book Covers


Dimensions
Box–15cm x 10.5cm x 9.5cm
Book Closed–4cm x 11.5cm x 7cm
Book Open–129.5cm

Materials–tree wrap, glassine envelopes, oak leaves, linen thread, coco fiber, found wooden box, wax, PVA, prints, recycled paper and cardboard.


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.

A Gnawing Ache

Friday, March 4th, 2022

I am in the process of completing all of the pieces that are in progress. A Gnawing Ache is a piece that I started in 2018 when I was dealing with grief.
Gnawing Ache Sketch

I aged the razor blades, hardware cloth, and pins with a patina.

Gnawing Ache

Gnawing Ache

Gnawing Ache

Gnawing Ache

It occurred to be after I used patina on the pins that they would be stronger if I hadn’t covered the entire pin. The patina made the metal a bit fragile.

Code Used
Gnawing Ache Code
One horizontal square for dots; two vertical squares for a dash.

Materials
Cotton, Hardware Cloth, Razor Blades, Pins, Patina, Wood (from an old swing), Cork, Stain, PVA, Sealant


Never Underestimate the Petty Vindictiveness of Those in Power

Friday, March 4th, 2022

Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

The spikes were aged with a patina.

Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

The pieces received an application of clear shellac with a solution of cloves in denatured alcohol.

Panel 1
The code at the top of the first panel has the–Take Notice.
Completed Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

Petty Vindictiveness1 Detail
Panel 2
Petty Vindictiveness

Completed Petty Vindictiveness Spikes

Materials
Wood, Hardware Cloth, Cotton, Metal Spikes, Cork, Wool, Shellac, Denatured Alcohol, Cloves