Hope, Final Moment

September 12th, 2022

Cover–Hope
Text–Death is always a surprise. Because before the final moment, there is always hope.

Final Moment

Loom knitted cotton I-cord for closure

Final Moment
Final Moment
Final Moment

Code–Death
The pocket holds a piece of paper with title and description.

Final Moment
Final Moment

Code–A (left page), Surprise (right page)

Final Moment

Code–Symbol for a period (left side), Because (right side)

The crystalline speckled paper surface on the right page is from a salt solution.
Final Moment

Code–Is (left side), Always (right side)
Final Moment

Materials–paper, cotton and bamboo fiber, rust

Made most of the rusty paper by cutting a long strip of cream packing paper and binding with 3/4″ safety pins. Applied a solution of white vinegar, peroxide and salt. The paper does become fragile and a challenge to embroider.

The quote is from Mirrored Time (A Time Archivist Novel Book ) by J.D. Faulkner.

I realized how true the quote was as I sat next to my mother’s bed after an ischemic stroke and my sister’s hospital bed post surgery. I knew neither would survive, but a bit of me hoped everyone was wrong. That my family would be whole again.


Lies/Truth

September 11th, 2022

Cover Code–Lies
Book Code–If we hear enough lies we no longer recognize the truth.

Lies

Lies

Lies

Lies

Lies

Lies

Lies

Lies

Lies
Lies

Materials–Paper, Cotton Fiber, Rust, Twigs.


Rust on Paper Test

September 11th, 2022

It is easy peasy to make red /brown rust, but green, blue, and grey and a little tricky. Not all wire that appears to be copper works. Not all copper coated wire works.

I used a copper garden mesh that is meant to keep varmints and wormy guys away from plants. I purchased a box of the mesh years ago, but it was too thin to use as a base for embroidery.

The paper is the green mask paper typically used for house painting. I cut a long strip, accordion folded triangles, and inserted a hair pin in every crease. The result was areas of pale brown to pink with large splotches of the original green.

Today I replaced the hairpins (two holes for them to slide through) and sandwiched the paper between layers of the copper mesh. Wrapped the lot with a cotton cord. 12:33pm

Rust Tests

Rust Tests

Placed the lot in a solution of white vinegar, peroxide, and salt.

Rust Tests

I flipped the bound paper several times.

Rust Tests

Added more salt after each flip. 12:48pm

Rust Tests

Removed the bound paper from the solution. 1:20pm

Rust Tests

The copper is oxidized nicely. 2:41pm

Rust Tests

Rust Tests

Ready to view the result. 5:03pm

Rust Tests

Rust Tests

Rust Tests

The dark brown lines are the hair pins.

Rust Tests

Rust Tests

Unrolled
Rust Tests

Some lovely results.

Rust Tests

Rust Tests

Rust Tests


Birthday Book

August 19th, 2022

Details of the wee book that I made for my sister-in-law’s birthday.

I used blank flash cards for the signatures/pages (think kids and school) and tree wrap (used for protecting trees when injured or to prevent injury) for the cover. I love that tree wrap is soft, textured, and easy to embroider. Two variegated colors of variegated embroidery floss were used for the rice stitch.

I saw a tutorial on the Rice-Stitched Book on the San Diego Book Arts Youtube channel.

The cover code is based on Morse Code. Rather than using dots and dashes I used color. The code is Happy Birthday.

Birthday Book/Card

I knitted an I-cord and wrapped a washer for the closure.

Birthday Book/Card Closure

Each page has the person’s name and date of birth, the last a sentiment.

The code references Morse and Celtic Tree Code. I like the idea of tree code and family tree.

Birthday Book/Card Page
Birthday Book/Card Page

Birthday Book/Card Page

Birthday Book/Card Page

Birthday Book/Card Page

Birthday Book/Card Sentiment

The signatures of the book were stitched together using the rice stitch. I used double stick tape (not sure I like it) to bind each signature together after it was stitched. Usually the signatures and not bound together so the stitchwork inside can be viewed. I don’t like seeing just two lines of thread. I like that binding makes a thicker page. In the future I am thinking about adding macrame to the inside when I use thicker paper like watercolor or handmade.

The gift tag has a piece of paste paper that I made.
Gift Card
Paste paper is enjoyable to make. I use a cornstarch paste with added acrylic paint. I have added milled cloves to paste for color and fragrance. Since the milled cloves seemed to work, I am planning to use some of my ceramic colorants that were used for glazes and clay bodies.

It is a joy using new materials and learning new processes and techniques. And then to figure out how to use them to make art.


Rice-Stitched Book First Attempt

August 19th, 2022

I have been considering a change in format from wall and vessel to book. Thought I would start with folding so I purchased two books:

Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol’s text, The Art of the Fold

and

Alisa Golden’s text, Making Handmade Books.

In addition to the texts I have been following several Youtube channels:
Bainbridge Island Museum
DAS Bookbinding
Elinat Kessler
Kirsten Varga
Kit Davey
Louise Jennetta
Nik the Booksmith
The Preservation Lab
San Diego Book Arts
Trama Atelier
Vintage Page Designs

I spent a couple of weeks folding templates.

Folded Templates

This was my first attempt folding and stitching a small book after watching Maria Rebelo on a San Diego Book Arts video.

Book Rice-Stitched

Book Rice-Stitched

Book Rice-Stitched

Materials
Tree wrap, drawing paper, cotton thread, double sided tape.

Scale
3″ x 2.75″ x .5″


Value of Women in Art

July 28th, 2022

National Museum of Women in the Arts

National Museum of Women in the Arts

I was on the 12 year plan for an undergrad degree in art. Took classes in four programs in Ohio and California. Went to grad school in Washington. I have seen more art produced by women in the past year reading #WOMENSART than in all of my years of formal art education.

#WOMENSART

#WOMENSART Blog


Men Plant Trees Book–Hope

July 25th, 2022

The code is the word, Hope.

Book

Book Binding

Book Binding

Book Cover

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

Page 7

Page 8

Page 9

Page 10

Page 11

Materials–Roofing felt, linen fiber, watercolor paper, paste paper, PVA, oak leaves, printed text.

Scale
Closed 5.25″ x 6.25″ x .5″
Open 9.75″ x 6.25″


Six Pocket Small Book

July 25th, 2022

Bead Closure

Label Changed

2022 September 14
Not happy with printed text, or copied text. My handwriting in pencil on waxed paper.

Handwriting in Pencil

Bead Closure Removed

Text Inside Front

Pages with Oak Leaves

Text Inside Back

Materials–paper, fiber, pit-fired bead, oak leaves, printed text, wax, PVA
Scale: Closed 4.25″ x 1.5″ x 1.25″, Open 4.25″ x 3.25″ x .5″


Dad 10 Year Anniversary Book

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

Drimiopsis New Growth

July 12th, 2022

Drimiopsis New Growth

July 1, Drimiopsis New Growth

Drimiopsis New Growth

July 7, Drimiopsis New Growth

Drimiopsis New Growth

July 7, Paper Cover Removed to Allow Freedom of Growth

Drimiopsis New Growth

July 7, Drimiopsis Additional New Growth