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Trust Yourself-Mistake and Repair

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

Back
Trust Yourself Back Cover

Unbound
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

Right–Period
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


Book–Best Time to Plant a Tree

Quote Used–The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.
The second best time is now.

The band is made of tree wrap, stamped with metallic silver paint. A magnet is bound into each end.

Plant a Tree

The numbers are code for the word–Plant.
Plant a Tree

Bound together two bits from a Brachychiton, one from a Japanese Maple, and one from a Canary Island Pine.
Plant a Tree

Japanese Maple Leaf
All leaves have a protective piece of tissue paper.

Plant a Tree

The Best Time
Plant a Tree

Brachychiton Leaf
Plant a Tree

To Plant
Plant a Tree

Canary Island Pine
Plant a Tree

A Tree Is
Plant a Tree

Japanese Maple
Plant a Tree

Twenty Years
Plant a Tree

Brachychiton Leaf
Plant a Tree

Ago.
Plant a Tree

Canary Island Pine
Plant a Tree

The Second
Plant a Tree

Japanese Maple
Plant a Tree

Best Time
Plant a Tree

Brachychiton Leaf
Plant a Tree

Is Now
Plant a Tree

Canary Island Pine
Plant a Tree

Code for a Period
Plant a Tree

Envelope for Notes
Plant a Tree

Materials–Monoprints, paper, tissue, tree wrap, fiber, plant bits.

Scale–7.5″ x 6.25″ x 2.5″


Book–Oak Sleeps

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″


Book–Evil Quote

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

Late.
Page 18

Note Envelope

Notes

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

Scale–4″ x 5″ x 2″


Book–Pussy Willow Song

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


Palm Book–Orwell

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″


Book–Bruises Completed

The bruises made by a stick or stone will disappear in time; those inflicted by a thoughtless or bitter word may never heal. Eleanor Roosevelt

Bruises

Bruises

Bruises

Who Are You

Bruises

The Bruises (L) Made By A (R)

Bruises

Stick or (L) Stone (R)

Bruises

Will (L) Disappear (R)

Bruises

In Time; (L) Those (R)

Bruises

Inflicted (L) By A (R)

Bruises

Thoughtless (L) Or (R)

Bruises

Bitter Word (L) May Never (R)

Bruises

Heal. (L) Notes Envelope (R)

Notes on Piece

Materials–Paper, rust, paint, fiber

Scale–5.25″ x 4.5″ x .75″