I love making books. Most of my books are personal, about people I know and care about or things that have happened to me. It’s often a time-consuming process as I gather bits and pieces or prepare surfaces. I begin and then need a break while ideas settle. Sometimes I have a fully formed concept and sometimes it grows.
Some books like “The Distaff Side” took many iterations to develop the format of the fold out pages and the second side alternating the fading woodblocks and text. Others, like “Bikes and Dirtballs” made about a dear friend, mainly needed to be executed as the idea was there from the start. “Lizard” celebrated a milestone birthday and “Sweetgum” a hike in the wood. “Gram’s Book” is about women in my family and of their lives, while “Tea Bag Book” is about materials and methods that excite me. “Finland” is a loose collection of objects and work from a most wonderful print workshop I attended.
TEA BAG BOOK—3 1/8 x 4 1/4 in, tea bag paper pages, rusty dye, ink, dandelion cordage binding and book mark
GRAM'S BOOK—4 x 6.5 in, fiber, Stitching, photography, dyeing & other mixed media
RUSTY DYE BOOK—4.5 x 6.5 in, paper, rusty dye
FINLAND BOOK—7 x 5.5 in, loose book in portfolio tied with ribbons, paper, fiber, photography, wood block printing
THE DISTAFF SIDE—3.25 x 6.5in, paper, photography, digital and woodblock printing.
ACCORDIAN BOOKS—“Bikes and Dirtballs”, 4.75 x 6 in | “Lizard”, 3 3/8 x 3 in | “Sweetgum”,5 x 6.5 in