Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Monkey Series 02

Monkey Series 02
My friend, Sally, has a number stamp that has huge numerals.  I stamped each of the postcards in the series with it.  I have three stamps that also stamp numbers but I am still looking for one that does the numerals this size.

I am home from the Newport Oregon Paper and Book Arts Festival.  OMG!  I had such a good time.  My three workshops went well.  I loved all the work that the students created.  Success all around! :-)

Monday, April 29, 2019

Monkey Series 01

Monkey Series 01

Today a new series appears.  I am calling it the monkey series.  Many of the works in this series have bottle cap images.

Driving home from the Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival today.  What fun I had in the three workshops I taught!  It was a push for everyone to finish each day but they did,   Great artists and book binders.





Sunday, April 28, 2019

ATC - January 2019 International Group 08

ATC - January 2019 International Group 08

This is the last of the series.  I have used this figure previously abut really like her stance.

The Newport Book Arts Festival is amazing.  My two classes so far have been fantastic.
  Such talented people!  :-)


Saturday, April 27, 2019

ATC - January 2019 International Group 07

Two-fer Saturday.....

ATC - January 2019 International Group 07
I was so busy teaching yesterday and exhausted in the evening that I neglected to post.  Newport is amazing again this year.  What a wonderful group I had yesterday!  I think everyone had a fun time.  I know I did.

I like the balance in this ATC composition.

ATC - January 2019 International Group 06

ATC - January 2019 International Group 06
I love how, when doing a series, just changing up two things basically gives one a whole new composition.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

ATC - January 2019 International Group 05

ATC - January 2019 International Group 05

I love working in a series.  Even though the steps and the components are the same or similar, each one turns out as a separate composition.

Off to Newport, OR this morning with a stop in Portland for lunch.  The weather is suppose to be sunny the whole time there.  Yeah!  I love the ocean and have a strong need to be by it.







Wednesday, April 24, 2019

ATC - January 2019 International Group 04

ATC - January 2019 International Group 04
The focal images are all from a French source.  I love the colors used by the illustrator.

Packing the car for Newport has become quite the task.  I had organized prior to going to the UK.  Now I have to go through everything again just to make sure I have all that I need.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

ATC - January 2019 International Group 02

ATC - January 2019 International Group 02
The series continues even if it is out of order.  I guess I was jet-lagged yesterday.  I really like how this series came together.  Sometimes the stars and planets align and all components seem to work well together.

I will start adding art videos next week probably.  I am taking a break from that aspect of the blog.  I was really blotto yesterday.  Jet-lag seems to be worse going west and I was totally out of it all day.  I could not seem to light on any one thing to occupy my time.  I felt like a butterfly flitting about.

The book arts workshop that I took in the Shetland Islands was fantastic.  We made eight differnet sample books with eight different binding stitches.  We then recreated each with a more substantial cover.  Within each of the eight books we had different tasks.  I will share the books in the near future.

This coming weekend I am off to Newport, OR to teach at the Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival.  It is always a good time.

Monday, April 22, 2019

ATC - January 2019 International Group 01

Two-fer Monday.  Sunday was a travel day for me. I am home from my UK trip.  It was fantastic.  The workshop I took was amazing.  I made about 16 books which I did not want to stop making.

ATC - January 2019 International Group 01

Here is another of the seven in the series.  The colorful background is a napkin.

ATC - January 2019 International Group 03

ATC - January 2019 International Group 03
For this ATC group we needed to use fabric somehow.  I had found some decorator samples last October at Zero Landfill.  I cut strips from it and glued them on to the ATCs.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

April NWCS ATCs 01 - 07

                                 
                                           ATC NWCS 01 - 07










Friday, April 19, 2019

WWII Letters Journal - Entry 9

WWII Letters Journal - Entry 9

We have reached the end of the spreads in this journal. 

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The Artist Project: Kamrooz Aram





Thursday, April 18, 2019

WWII Letters Journal - Entry 8

WWII Letters Journal - Entry 8

I stared at this spread for quite some time.  Why do I like it?  Or not?  It is minimal tone and I like that.  There is negative space in the actual envelopes that provide just that.  Creating using something like a postmarked envelope, using it for a purpose not intended seems like giving a second life to the unintended.

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The Artist Project: Dorothea Rockburne




Wednesday, April 17, 2019

WWII Letters Journal - Entry 7

WWII Letters Journal - Entry 7

The collages are minimal  but it all seems to work.  What is a bit different with the spreads facing each other is that they are done without me knowing what is going to be on facing pages until I put them together in the book.
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The Artist Project: Mark Bradford





Tuesday, April 16, 2019

WWII Letters Journal - Entry 6

Two-fer Tuesday.....time zones got in the way yesterday.



WWII Letters Journal - Entry 6
Funny how hairstyles come back in.  I do like the top notch! :-)

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The Artist Project: Cecily Brown





Sunday, April 14, 2019

WWII Letters Journal - Entry 5

WWII Letters Journal - Entry 5
I like how the circles draw the eye across the spread.

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The Artist Project: Zarina Hashmi






WWII Letters Journal - Entry 4

Three-for Sunday......I have been without reliable WiFi for a few days.  So there is a build up of posts for you.  Now in the Shetland Islands.

WWII Letters Journal - Entry 4
Remind me after my UK trip and I will tell you about a pop of red story.....this post entry reminds me of the story.....
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The Artist Project: Enrique Chagoya





WWII Letters Journal - Entry 3

WWII Letters Journal - Entry 3

The substrate for the letter adherence is cardboard that I brought home from Costco.  It is used to divide the stacks of paper products for sale.  It works well and is free.  :-)
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The Artist Project: Shahzia Sikander



WWII Letters Journal - Entry 2

WWII Letters Journal - Entry 2

All the backgrounds in this series are envelopes and are all dated during WWII.  I chose Japanese figures for the focal points to express the people the allies were at war with.  Having lived in Japan for two years I wanted to humanize the other side of the war experience.

While living in Japan I was invited into one of my neighbors homes.  On the walls were portraits of lost family members to the war.  These men who died were loved ones.  They are honored by their ancestors born after the war.  They are not forgotten.

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The Artist Project: Natalie Frank





Thursday, April 11, 2019

WWII Letters Journal (cover and first entry)


journal open

journal open inside

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WWII Letters Journal - entry 1

When I was in Berkeley, CA in early February I visited a paper store on 4th Street.  I found some lovely lacquered Japanese paper which I used for covering the cover of this slip knot bound book.  If you know me well you know I am in heaven binding books using the slip knot method.  I am teaching a workshop in Newport, Oregon at the end of April and using the slip knot to bind will be taught in one of my workshops.

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The Artist Project: Swoon




Portrait Series 22

Portrait Series 22

For me this piece is about the color.  I was not too interested in the actual focal images when I made this piece.  I was interested in the accent color which really ties it all together to make the composition which works.  This really is the last of the portrait series.

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The Artist Project: Wangechi Mutu





Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Portrait Series 21

Portrait Series 21
Not the end of the portrait series.  I found two more.  In this one the mannequin was manipulated in iColorama.  The gentleman on the bike is a found image.  The paper behind him is handmade and the background to the right is graffiti found in Seattle.

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The Artist Project: Wenda Gu





Portrait Series 27

Portrait Series 27

This is the last of the portrait series.  Something new tomorrow.
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The Artist Project: David Salle





Monday, April 8, 2019

Portrait Series 26

Portrait Series 26
This piece looks minimalist to me and yet I know it is not.  Perhaps the reason for my thought is that much of the background is of similar tone.  It makes 2/3 of the composition one tonal and then splash there is something else totally different, red and blue.

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The Artist Project: Catherine Opie




Sunday, April 7, 2019

Portrait Series 20

Portrait Series 20

Does the gentleman even know the bug is there?  His eyes tell me he might be unaware.


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The Artist Project: Kerry James Marshall





Saturday, April 6, 2019

Portrait Series 25

Portrait Series 25
Oh, that pop of red.  It completes.  I can create and something is missing.  I add a pop of red and that was it.

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The Artist Project: James Siena