Artists Book Collaboration Update

HeaderHere are some of my pages sent to the other member s of our ABC.  I still have  more to make.  These are each 10 x 10 inch pieces, actually meant to be alternately in a book or hung on a wall.  Some did a theme for all their pages but, as you can see,  I was somewhat scatterd in my approach, unified only in that each piece was, to some extent, it was a WIP, known to quilters as a Work In Progress.

For Martha’s, Gently On The Rocks, I took something I had begun and not finished – a photograph of rocks that I overpainted.  I then stitched them with free motion stitching.  Since thiose were beach rocks, I added beach scenes with more rocks.

Gently On the Rocks
Gently On The Rocks for Martha Ginn

In Town was another already started and set aside.  Then I got to printing a sheet of stamp sized abstract shapes that I had carved and then painted and I suddenly thought of adding them to this piece.

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In Town for Carol Jones Frank

For Gabrielle I had already made a piece that began at a regional SAQA meeting using some circular thermafaxes that I think were Sue Bliewiess’ and some of my own images. But then I added a painted black edge to it with gold edging which doesn’t show up here.

Walking Around In Circles. for Gabriele
Walking Around In Circles for Gabrielle Di Tota

For Nanette Zeller’s I started with some gelatin prints I ‘ve been wondering what to do with.  I collaged more of my own images along with a snazzy piece on the bottom right which I received quite a few years ago in another artist swap and I don’t even remember who did it (the piece with beads on it.)

Equinox for Nanette.
Equinox for Nanette Zeller

The most recent also began as a deconstructed screen print I’ve been eyeing for months.  After staring at it for quite awhile now, I suddenly decided to free motion stitch the whole thing and I ended up loving it, and, BTW,  so does she. It is , however, the worst photoi I think I ever took! Sorry!For Leni copyNext time I’ll show you the rest!

Meanwhile let’s go see what Nina Marie is doing today!



Book Art Collaborative

Change of pace for today!  Actually, I took a bunch of new pics but my camera battery died and I’ve (once  again) misplaced my battery charger!  So…I thought I’d share some of what I’ve been doing in a Book Art Collaborative that Janice Paine Dawes is hosting. I love doing these for a variety of reasons.  One, because you can try out lots of mediums and ideas you may not have other opportunities for. Two, because the small format makes it easier to become elaborate if you want to.  And three, because you get to receive the artwork of others and see many different interpretations of your theme, as well as the themes of the other players, at least online.

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This is the beginning of my book.  Theme: Seeds & Pods.
SEEDS Inside Cover.

 There’s also an inside cover, the backside of the front cover.

A Fern For You A Fern...Back.

This, A Fern For You, I made for Martha Ginn, who loves embroidery, especially ribbon embroidery, which I haven’t done in ages!  But I really enjoyed doing this throwback to my early fiber art – crazy quilting! It began as an eco-print as is all the rest of it. Martha’s theme is …LEAVES, TREES, rocks, water, anything nature-related.

See the Forest for the Trees

First life for this page is a photograph of trees that line Main Street in Wakefield, MA, alongside Lake Quanapowett. Nanette Strucinski Zeller’s theme is See the forest for the trees. I first played with the pic in PS and printed it out on cotton.  Then I did a fair bit of hand embroidery on it.


Another photo play for Gabriele DiTota’s , Earth, Wind and Fire and I chose to play with fire, embellishing the photographic hot licks with lots of fire red  free motion stitching!

Travels on the Silk RoadInside.

For Joani Share, aka Pearl, I, aka Ji, indulged myself with the fantasy of taking a journey along the ancient Silk Road.   Included in this “scrapbook” of sorts are a number of treasures, mementos of our trip for her People, Places and Things theme. Of course,  there were a couple of truly lovely kimonos among these!

Inspiration for this idea came from a wonderful book set in the early twentieth century, Women Of The Silk, a first novel by Gail Tsukiyama, a story that drew me in all the way, as good fiction should. I didn’t want it to end.

More the next time I lose my mind!