Recently completed the books–Deceit and Corruption


Deceit is the green book.

The quote is–The forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe. For the axe was clever and convinced the trees that because its handle was wood it was one of them.

There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language. This is another George Orwell quote.

The cover has the code–harmful thoughts dangerous words.

Need to document the pages.

Bamboozled Piece

Carl Sagan Quote

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

The last line is Carl Sagan’s name in code.



Code Used
Bamboozle Code

Materials–paper, tree wrap, fiber, wood, canvas, paint, PVA.
14.5″ x 12.75″ x .75″

I made the frame for a different piece. When it came time to assemble, the frame wasn’t quite right. Nice that it found a new home.

Regret Book

Regret quote from the movie, Shadow Recruit.

Regret. It piles up around us like books we never read.

Regret Book

Paste paper with knit closure and stainless washer.

Regret Book

Regret Book

Page 1, Regret

Regret Book

Page 1, Regret detail

Regret Book

Page 2, .

Regret Book

Page 3, It

Regret Book

Page 4, Piles

Regret Book

Page 5, Up

Regret Book

Page 6, Around

Regret Book

Page 7, Us

Regret Book

Page 8, Like

Regret Book

Page 9, Books

Regret Book

Page 10, We

Regret Book

Page 11, Never

Regret Book

Page 12, Read

Regret Book

Page 13,.

Regret Book

Pocket for List

Regret Book

Materials List

Regret Book

Regret Book, back. Paste Paper.

Materials–paste paper, rust paper, school paper, fiber, metal.
Scale–5″ x 3.25″ x .75″.

Forest/Axe Work in Progress

I recently ran across a quote that definitely seems relavent today.

The quote is–The forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe. For the axe was clever and convinced the trees that because its handle was wood it was one of them.

I first thought about making a wallpiece using code with oak leaves and twigs. Just the code portion would have been 45″ x 16″, the addition of a border and frame would have made it more of a commitment of materials and time. Instead, I decided to use a book format.

The layout for the code in book format resulted in 21 pages. Each page is a folded sheet of drawing paper with a core support of a paper-covered piece of cardstock. Felt that the addition of twigs needed some extra support.

The first sentence I used tree wrap for the code with a green paper covered piece of cardstock. The second sentence I used roofing felt for the code and brown packing paper covered cardstock.

Forest Axe Pages

We have Coastal Live Oaks in our garden, but I dislike their leaves. They not only prick your skin, they embed and attach to it. I chose to use oak leaves that I purchased from Natures Pressed, an Etsy shop. I used the leaves in several projects; still have a good number left.

Currently the pages are roughly 7″ x 5″ and vary in thickness depending on whether there are twigs attached.

I unfolded the pages and applied CMC. The pages were left to dry overnight.

First Sentence

Forest Axe Page 1

The Forest

Forest Axe Page 2


Forest Axe Page 3


Forest Axe Page 4


Forest Axe Page 5

The Trees

Forest Axe Page 6


Forest Axe Page 7


Forest Axe Page 8

For The Axe

Forest Axe Page 9


Second Sentence

Forest Axe Page 10

For The Axe

Forest Axe Page 11

Was Clever

Forest Axe Page 12


Forest Axe Page 13


Forest Axe Page 14

The Trees

Forest Axe Page 15


Forest Axe Page 16


Forest Axe Page 17

Its Handle

Forest Axe Page 18

Was Wood

Forest Axe Page 19

It Was One

Forest Axe Page 20

Of Them

Forest Axe Page 21


Today I used double sided tape, a mix of CMC and PVA to attached the paper covered cardstock inside the pages. The damp of the glue was not a good choice. The last nine pages I switched to using UHU glue. I wrapped each page in wax paper, placed in stacks of three, and placed inside a padded packing envelope. Then weighted with a heavy book.

I am leaning toward an accordion binding with each fold have three pages.

Pages Weighted
Pages Weighted

Forest Axe Brown Pages

Forest Axe Green Pages

Forest Axe Pages


Oxalis is considered an invasive plant by the California Invasive Plant Council.

A portion of our garden is covered with the plants. Not planned, just happened.


I cut a few to dry and use in a piece. The flowers are lovely with a sweet, subtle fragrance.

I had a few buds left. Popped them in a small vase of water. Three days later they opened and are still opening during the day and closing at night.


The plants also have interesting foliage.


If the flowers are dried in my microwave flower press they become a golden color. When dried in my flower press between layers of blotter paper and cardboard they retain most of their yellow color.

The leaf is nearly dry; the flower completely dry.

Drying Oxalis

Forest and the Axe Book

This was a test to determine if pages with only one of two punctures for binding will stay in place. Also wanted to test an accordion fold for the binding. I like that the accordion fold could offer a pause in the content. Definitely will use the technique in the future, maybe when binding the Axe book.

What is the Axe book? The quote is–The forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe. For the axe was clever and convinced the trees that because its handle was wood it was one of them.

Why the title Lost Memories? When you open the book it becomes apparent that all of the pages are without code or text.
Lost Memories 1

The code is layered with Lost horizontally and Memories vertically.
Lost Memories 2

Left approximately 12″ at the start of each section with the idea that I would macrame the lot together.
Lost Memories 3

Possible pause in content.
Lost Memories 4

Pocket on the last page of the book contains the title and a list of materials.
Lost Memories 5

Materials–paper, rust paper, roofing felt, fiber.
Scale-4″ x 6″ x 1.0625″

Book–No Regrets

Cover Code–”No” on the left side, “Regrets” on the right side.

Stitched a small magnet into each corner for the wrap around closure.

Book Closed

Book Open

Code on Interior Pages–Don’t let the past take your future.
The quote is from the Joe Coomer book, Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God. It is one of my favorite books. He also wrote Pocketful of Names, and One Vacant Chair. All have an interesting female character who also happens to be an artist.

Book Open

A single letter is embroidered on each page.
The code for each letter and punctuation is embroidered in grey on cream packing paper with a rust patina and mounted on brown packing paper.

Code is the Letter F
Code for the letter f

Code is a Period
Code for the period

The spacers are embroidered in cream on brown packing paper with a rust patina and mounted on cream packing paper.

A Spacer

Green painters’ paper separates each word and lines the book.

Book From Above

The pocket near the last page contains a note about the work.

Pocket for Notes

The scale is roughly 3.25″ x 4″ x 3.25″.
Materials–Paper, fiber, tree wrap, metal, CMC, PVA, magnets.

The paper used had metal bits placed on and or pierced through the surface. A sodium solution was applied to encourage rust and salt crystals on the surface. A solution of CMC was applied to each page to protect the surfaces.

A few Details–
Detail 1

Detail 2

Detail 3

Detail 4

Detail 5