Saturday, September 15, 2007

Altered Book

Bird House I
Recycled textbook, papers, spine tape,
metal label holder, wing, nest, eggs,
pinecone, lumiere & watercolor paints. C. 2007
First in a series, this one of the South Carolina state bird, the Carolina Wren.

Saturday, June 9, 2007


Bat & Seaweed Fountain

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, contains one of the most magnificent outdoor sculpture collections in the United States. In 1991, the opportunity arose to create pen and ink drawings for publication in the Brookgreen Newsletter. These are copies of the original pencil drawings.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Journal 26 again

Medium Experiments

Opaque paint markers over Karat Liqua.
C. 2002

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Travel Journal IV

Pen & ink
drawings with
colored pencil
and ephemera.
C. 2005

An amazing place to view animals, constant driving made drawing
on the spot impossible! Drawings completed later from photographs.

Saturday, June 2, 2007



Pegboard cover and back, brass
finding, Plexiglas interior pages
w/etched text, Coptic binding.
C. 2007

Experimentation with media---a
collaboration of materials
in book form. Cover and
Plexiglas cut on bandsaw, waxed linen thread sewn in Coptic
stitch as binding. Frosted Plexi w/clear text.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Journal 31 II

art journal pages, May Flowers I & II

Pen & ink drawings, with watercolor enhancement.
Text in Study II done with gel pen; metal label.

Studies of flowers blooming during the month of May, embellished
with imaginary frames. Study I contains
various colored roses,
Christmas Cactus stem & twigs
from Golden Tree. Study II is Day
Lilies, house fern & Chrysanthemums.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Travel Journal III

Pen & ink drawings enhanced w/colored pencil.
C. 2004

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Fabric Book

Smith Women
Photo transfers; vintage fabric, lace, beads; embellishments; machine & hand-stitching. C. 2007.

Using sewing skills learned in childhood and bookmaking skills learned as an adult, I devised a home for family photos and memorabilia: a fabric book. Smith Women was created in honor of five generations of women in my family---contains contemporary techniques of transferring photos to fabric, old techniques of quilting and hand-embroidery, and lots of memories.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Journal 31

More art journal pages

Uniball Vision pen drawings; watercolors; ephemera. C. 2007.

Fellow passengers on an airplane are great models for sketching!
Adding architectural sketches lends an historic element to
the memory of the journey.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Journal 27

Pages fm Journal 27.
Ink drawings and text. C.2003

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Journal 26

Two-page spread: "An Ode to O"

Mixed media
C. 2002

Created in
journal by Rag
& Bone Bindery, Providence, RI.

Journal 13

Page fm Journal

Ink drawing
with text.
C. 2000

In 1998, I began
keeping journals,
including ideas,
thoughts, &
Being an avid
I also record
lunar views.

Friday, May 11, 2007

More Conceptualism

Chapter One & Chapter Two

book pages,
brass corners,
tissue paper
map, wood
trim, shadow
C. 2003, 2006

Chapter One was the result of finding an older book and wanting to house the contents that were literally falling apart . All the pages were cut into rectangles to fit inside the frame---brass corners and map-covered wood trim added as enhancement. Chapter Two contains the pages of another sad old book, cut pages entered horizontally, in contrast to the vertical element of those in Chapter One.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Conceptual Books

Bound Books I & IIRecycled books, twine. C. 2006

Exploring the concept of the "bound" book--wrapping books in twine, creating textural rebirth as sculptural objects. One in reference to a Celtic Cross, the other in reference to a closed, censored book.

Bandsaw Books II

Wall-mount Circle Book
book, wire,
screw eyes,
C. 2006

Interior pages cut in semi-circle with bandsaw, secured to book covers with screw eyes and wire, mounted on wood to fit securely within frame. Red of page edges is original to book. Pages can be turned by viewer.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Bandsaw Books I

"Handbooks" of family & friends
Rescued books
from used
book sale.
Traced left hands of family members and friends, then books went under the bandsaw blade to become personal "handbooks."

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Shoe Series II & III

Vine Shoe Button Shoe
Recycled shoe, florals, leaves,
Recycled shoe, buttons.
C. 2004
The very high heel of the Vine Shoe suggested a very tall tree, vines dangling, surrounded by lush flowers in an untended forest.
On the Button Shoe, collected buttons were adhered to shoe surface with hot-glue gun. The low heel and the clean lines of this shoe called for a very simple design---hence, the prominent monotone of the buttons, with red buttons applied for emphasis on toe and heel of shoe. Form and line of designs were dictated by materials at hand in the studio.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Shoe Series I

Bird Shoe

Recycled shoe, leaves, bird & adornments. C. 2004.

Using a discarded woman's shoe as the "vehicle" provides an
excellent medium to work with, aside from lessening the pile
at the recycle center. This proved to be a great activity for
kids as well...they painted, glued, wrote, and sewed on their
recycled shoes, then gave them as gifts!

Miniature Book

Glass/Metal Book
Soldered glass slide cover & back with
commercial images, roof flashing, eyelets,
leather spine, waxed thread, & handmade
paper. 2.25x3x1 inch. C.2004

Created this tiny, incredible book several years ago in a workshop led by Beckah Krahula. The bookbinding process was simple---the soldering took some concentration. It's all about paying attention!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Altered Book II


Altered children's book with Lumiere paints over braille paper, corrugated paper and various other papers; embellished with cord, embroidery thread and coin trim. Duct tape on spine. C. 2006

The shape of this book inspired an exploration of writing---the characters, styles, and history. Each 2-page spread focuses on the scripts of France, Italy, Thailand & China, respectively, with ephemera from other countries added as embellishment.

Handmade Book

Hand-made journal with
paste paper, bead trim,
wire, plexi over cut
niche, bookpaper on
open signature spine.
C. 2003

A "round robin", which
involved 9 artists from
all over the United States.
The theme: Embodiment,

was self-interpretive and
invited us to create art in

the journals of eight other
artists. Each artist
contributed in her own style to each rotating journal and
then sent the current journal to the next artist on the list.
At the end of a year, we received our original journals
back---filled to the brim with outstanding and inspiring

Altered Book I

Art Journey

Recycled children's book with cheesecloth, map, wooden game letters, and brass findings on cover; duct tape, yarn and beads on spine. C. 2003
An elementary school librarian gave me this book, which was
censored by a group of parents (because of the word "stupid"
within it's title and contents). As an altered book entitled Art
Journey, the book now lives a new life, filled with art media
explorations and technique experimentations.