Tuesday, January 23, 2018

it's a waiting game...

thank you very much for such a wonderful response to my last post - you are all so kind

i thought perhaps you might be interested in seeing what i'm getting up to now...

as i mentioned, that book was made in a class i took with karen ruane called "artist's books"

it was such a great class we all said we could make artist's books for a year, and so karen very kindly gave us what we asked for and created a new class:

this time around i thought it might be nice to have some sort of theme or direction to work with so chose the fashion designer christian lacroix as my inspiration

he has such a beautiful, bold style, and a flair for colour

i began making samples but couldn't quite make up my mind what format i wanted for the book itself and eventually stalled - without having some sense of page size etc. it was difficult to make certain decisions  

the other day i found the solution...

several years go, perhaps five or six anyway, i made a book with pages that were made up of bits and pieces of all types of paper that were sewn together by machine - loads of fun to make and rather eclectic

every so often i would pick it up, flip through the pages, thinking of various things i could use it for but always ended up putting it back on the shelf... the other day i was showing it to a friend when the wheels started to turn...

this is the frontispiece for the book pages, a beautiful old-fashioned image and a scrap of lace i had sewn in back when the book was made

looking at that image, i immediately realized this book was the perfect thing for my lacroix inspired work from the new class

the pages are all the same height but not the same width...

i laid one of my samples alongside a compatible page just to be sure - perfect! 

i had even used decorative machine stitches now and again when sewing the pages together and am so glad i did - they add yet another layer of interest

now that i had a format and a set of parameters for my page compositions i rooted out all that i had worked on and began playing about with page compositions

i even found a small painting of rosebuds from a couple of years ago

we had a great discussion in our class flickr group about a couple of options for ribbon choices and placement, which is another reason i love these classes so much

thoughtful and inspired discussions and suggestions, a wealth of knowledge and sharing... such an amazing and talented group

and no better teacher than karen - i could never thank her enough for all that she has taught me, both in technique and in awareness

"look, consider, see the bigger picture, never throw anything away, sampling informs"

and here is the beginnings of another page spread - some of this has already changed since the photo was taken but there is a plan that's developed and i'm ready to go

my work is taking the form of a scrapbook now, much like the way lacroix himself works: embroidered samples, scraps of fabric, snippets of trims and ribbons, photos and other inspirational images, ideas gleaned from here, there and everywhere

anything that inspires

some new, others that have been hanging around for a while, waiting for the idea to strike, the connection to be made

and then the waiting is over...

if you want to make books like this one or the one from my last post, and need a guiding hand, have a look here

you won't regret it...

Thursday, January 18, 2018

gone and done it...

well, i did it... bought myself a new laptop and am pleased to say, just getting the photos imported, edited and then on to here was lickety-split

easy as pie...

my old laptop is 10 1/2 years old and though it's a gem and i love it, slow doesn't come close to describing how it deals with certain tasks like loading web pages and dealing with images

what a treat!

in honour of that, here are sixteen or so images of my latest body of work

this is my artist's book, made over a few classes i took with karen ruane

there are just six folded pages but they are so crammed full of bits of stitching that i had to make the spine about 3" thick

in order to facilitate the flipping through of the pages i thought i would try a "bent" spine, or "curved" i suppose

the pages are sewn into the book in groups of two, so three signatures

there is a rather large gap between the groups and i plan to add some kind of detail into those spaces... just mulling it over for now

I do love how it looks from above...

here's a page-by-page tour...

gathered lace sewn to a curved page

crossings of fabric, lace and stitch

strung beads

french knot squares

padded applique

a pocket with a tiny book

a stitched flower

a decorative tube with lace pulled through

a game of x's and o's

a circle of tiny brass staples and embroidery with a layered flower of tissue paper collage

scrim lace

and another tube, this one with gimp

there is still more that can be added to these pages, anytime the mood strikes... the story doesn't have to end here...