Thursday, May 31, 2012

Crossed-Structure Binding Guestbook

Puget Sound Book Artists, of which I am a proud member, is having their second annual members' exhibit this summer at University of Puget Sound's Collins Memorial Library, and I somehow volunteered to make the guestbook for the exhibit. And so, with much trepidation, I did make the guestbook, and handed it over this afternoon. The anxiety was all self-inflicted and silly, really. I look at the vast talent of my fellow members and quake in my boots sometimes, but I am old enough to know there are occasions you just have to jump in and do it. So here is what I came up with.  The soft cover book was bound using a variation of Crossed-Structure Binding, originally designed by Carmencho Arregui, a Spanish-born bookbinder who lives and works in Italy. I had wanted to try this style of binding the minute I first saw it, and I am happy with my first attempt. The cover paper is hand made from India, and the signatures are simply pages cut down from a sketchpad, then printed on my Epson printer. I tried and tried to determine if the cover paper had a definite grain, but if it did, it was not apparent to me, so I took a chance and cut the front and back covers so the printed designs were perpendicular to each other, just for contrast. Normally I would never do that, but this time I did not have issues with warping. The added rectangle with the beading was beaded first, then glued to the front cover.

Signature pages were cut to standard legal size- 8.5x14 inches- and I worked out the design for the lined pages on Photoshop, printing half of each sheet so each page was lined on one side and blank on the other. Binding thread was dark brown hemp, sewn with a doubled thread.

Next project: Clean the studio. Again.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

What Color is Your Town Today?

Ha!  Ask me tomorrow. Today I am busy cloudgazing.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

News from the Home Front

After having two painful abscessed teeth extracted yesterday, Cody is doing great. He was a very drugged up, sad doggy yesterday afternoon when we picked him up from the vet. We hadn't fed him since Sunday night at 9PM, and he wasn't allowed anything but water until this morning, so he was really hungry. This morning I put chicken noodle soup and a can of dog food in the blender (blecchhhhhh, by the way) to make the required post-extraction puree and he was soooo happy. You could just see his little doggy brain going OMG! An entire dish of GRAVY! I'm in HEAVEN! Because to Cody, gravy is like hollandaise. Or fudge sauce. Gravy solves world problems for Cody. Gravy is King. Cody is happy.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

100 Posts/1000 Artists' Books

It really was an accident that my proud announcement also happens to be my 100th post, but here it is anyway. This book, 1000 Artists' Books, by Sandra Salamony and Peter and Donna Thomas, features one of my books. 1000 Artists' Books is part of the 1000 series published by Quarry Books, and will be available June 1st, 2012.

Yes, I'm excited. This is actually the third time my work has been published in a book, but trust me, it is just as exciting as the first time. I cannot wait until I get my hands on the actual book, gingerly crack it open, and marvel at the gorgeous work others have done. Amazon had the "look inside" feature for this book, so tonight I had a quick peek at part of the contents. My one word review is Wow.

Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Arts + Scenic Art= WOW

I have a sort of unwritten policy about not turning this blog into a sharing/reposting of cool things I have found on the web, although I confess a bit of an addiction to the blogs of some of my friends who do. Nothing wrong with sharing. It simply was not my purpose for this blog.


When two of your favorite activities on earth have somehow managed to meet and produce something this cool, how can you resist pointing a bloggy finger and yelling "LOOK!" to anyone who will listen?

Su Blackwell is a British artist who works primarily in paper. Many of you may have seen her book series, in which she cuts and glues the pages of books to create little dioramas. Please do click on her name to see some of these exquisite sculptures.

But one day, the artistic director of the Rose Theatre in Kingston, London, was looking for a new designer, came across some of Blackwell's images online, and sent her an email. The result was this amazing set for the Rose Theatre's production of The Snow Queen, which ran from December 2, 2011 through January 8 of this year. To say I am completely enchanted is an understatement. Take a look at more production photos here.