Life is good.
Art making is fabulous.
This past week I made a bunch of really cool books that can’t be opened- (can you see the Crow in the slide?) they have prayers inside and are bound up very tightly.
The special box is made of slides.
The books live in a special box I made from slides, so that when you take the book out of the box and put the box up to the light you see a 3D image.
See I can do 3D too!!!
My friend asked me if I was going to be able to sell them and I replied that these books are Fine Art- art for the purpose of art; expanding and exercising your curiosity muscle for no other reason but to commune with the awe of the universe. If someone gets the same juice from looking at them as I do, they will want one for their own.
Last year when I moved my son to Portland I visited a gallery there called 23 Sandy Gallery
They were having a show on Book arts and I absolutely fell in love with Linda Welch - Concealed Within Series
I purchased two from the "Concealed Within Series" and have loved those books- they sit on a shelf above my printing station, and I have longed to make my version of these mini masterpieces and was so pleased to add my rendition. Thank you Linda for the inspiration.
My books are made from papers I use in preparation for print making and some are from papers I used for life drawing warm-ups, paper that would otherwise be thrown out. All of the books have prayers of peace and prosperity in them.
It has been a busy time, as the end of the year always is, but now I need to replenish myself as I gear up to get ready for the shows of the new year.
I allowed myself the time to make these books because I needed to do something other then jewelry. I was later able to go back to my jewelry worktable and finish some items that needed work etc… Not that I don’t enjoy making jewelry, but at times I need to make art just to make art, and I miss getting my hands in the glue and paint.