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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Studio Sunday-Pre-Travel Word Play

The blog will be on vacation for 2 weeks. Some of the time will be spent in the Azores, our first trip there. I look forward to sharing some pictures on my return.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Arts Tuesday-Artist of the Month

So pleased to be Paper Connection's Artist of the Month for May. I love their papers and the warm spirit and dedication to paper of Lauren Pearlman Sugita and her staff. I first met Lauren in the early 1980s in Boston and I treasure our "paper connection." You can read the blog post here.

The photo above was taken during a purchasing expedition to Paper Connection International in Providence, RI. Thank you Lauren for your friendship and support over the years.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Book Arts Tuesday-Butterflies on the Move

The mystery Scottish book artist who has placed sculptures at libraries in Edinburgh starting in March 2011 is planning one last sculpture. There is a chance to contribute. Here is her message:

I've meant to finish on several occasions but there always seemed a good reason for taking up the scalpel again. This however will call time on the project .....

Because it's going to be the last, I would like it to be the loudest so I'm asking you all to join in...... not that I'm saying you're loud (I am) .....

If you love libraries and think reading matters then please make a butterfly..... and why not make it in memory of someone who loved books and encouraged you to read.

Get your mates to make one .....and the kids..... Don't hand over coffee until you've been presented with a cabbage white (made from paper she hastens to add)

Let butterflies fly in from as far afield as possible ...... Libraries are loved the world over ...... and in some places people still die for the right to learn to read ......

Spread the word ...... Let us be inundated....

Your butterfly is to be no bigger than 2inches/5cm. Below are basic instructions but if you follow @_freetofly_ on twitter you can make some along with me ......

If your finished butterflies could be posted to:-

The Butterfly Collection, c/o 1 Haddington Place, Edinburgh, UK, EH7 4AE
..... before July 31st 2015 xx

I will then assemble them and deliver our work to a secret place ......

In support of libraries, books, words and ideas


And may the butterfly of joy land on your nose.

You can find the directions shown above here. I'm looking forward to making and sending one.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Studio Sunday-Recycled May Book and Basket

It's a Tea Forté May Day. A friend was given a box of Tea Forté teas. She passed the herbal ones and the box along to me. I used the box for my May basket and made a book with the tea bag boxes. I used pictures of hellebores cut from a White Flower farm catalog on the pages. A recycled May!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Book Arts Tuesday-Japanese Book Repair

Thanks to blog subscriber Susanna from the UK for the alert on this Colossal: Art, Design, and Visual Culture post about the conservation work of Nobuo Okano in Japan.

"For the past 33 years Japanese craftsman Okano Nobuo has been repairing tattered books and reconstituting them to look brand new. When a customer brought in an old Japanese-English dictionary that looked like it had been through a few wars, Okano approached it like an art conservationist repairing a painting. Using very basic tools like a wooden press, chisel, water and glue, Okano reconstituted the book to make it look like it was just purchased."

The video is in Japanese but there is much to see and learn without understanding the words.
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