Bird Singing

Robert Louis Stevenson quote–Like a Bird Singing in the Rain, Let Grateful Memories Survive in Times of Sorrow.

Bird Singing

A piece from my memory bowl series is on the shelf. It is sitting on a metal junction box.

Bird Singing

Code Used
Bird Singing

Materials–tissue paper, paper, kraft paper scraps, CMC, fiber, frame.

Scale–11″ x 14″ x .25″ unframed,
Frame–16″ x 13″ x 1.5″

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″


Accept as true nothing which you do not clearly know to be so. Avoid hasty judgment and prejudice.

Eleanor Roosevelt book quoting Descarte.

Descarte Quote

The left margin has the code for the word, truth.
Descarte Quote Detail

I have had a difficult time documenting this piece. I hung it in several locations and no matter what, the images do not clearly show the piece.

Materials–Packing envelope, fiber, paper, wood glue.

Scale–38″ x 14″ x .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

Page 18

Note Envelope


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

Pussy Willow Song Wallpiece

My Salix has catkins. When I was looking at them, I remembered a song I learned in school when I was a child. I suspect the song would be banned in most schools today.

I do have a tendency to perseverate. To attempt to rid myself of the Pussy Willow song I made the wallpiece and I am working on a book with the song in code.

Pussy Willow Song WP1

I have an old version of Flash that I use for layout. I like that I can make code symbols that can easily be replaced. I printed the layout and used it for piercing and reference.

Pussy Willow Song WP2A

Used a modified Morse Code–short lines for dots, long lines for dashes. Had the ide of connecting the lines for each letter, and for each word.

Pussy Willow Song WP2B

Pussy Willow Song WP3A

Bound Salix cuttings to the background to break up the text a bit.
Pussy Willow Song WP3B

Bound the catkins to the background with the hope of preventing them from falling off.
Pussy Willow Song WP4

The only space left in my office that was long enough for the piece.
Pussy Willow Song WP8

Note envelope attached to the back of the piece.
Pussy Willow Song WP9

The notes regarding scale are a bit messy. Originally I had another piece of paper glued to the notes. I thought about writing out the lyrics, but decided not. When I removed the paper there was a bit of glue residue left. It prevented the lead from making clear marks.
Pussy Willow Song WP9

It is a bother. I suspect I will erase the lot, remove the bit with glue and rewrite the notes.

Materials–Used packing envelope, paper, fiber, pussy willow cuttings.

Scale–30.5″ x 12″ x .5″ without hanger. The addition of the hanger adds approximately 7″.

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″