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Re-used silk books

I’ve been doing some sewing work for a non-profit recently and it has left me with bits of silk which are less than ideal for the sewing but which, because they have a backing attached, are perfect for book covers. These are made with small scraps of old bridesmaid and prom dresses, glued, stamped and stenciled, and sewn with several different bindings.


This book, with green ribbons and green banana paper corners, is a variation on the slotted spine long-stitch in which the thread of every third signature is wrapped around the two earlier stitches, producing this cord.

The text that repeats across the cover of this book is a poem I wrote years ago.

 


More printmaking and bookmaking

Portrait of Sarah. The text is a poem of mine, "These Afternoons." Silkscreen print, double needle coptic binding. Fall 2009.

Birds. The print is a paper litho print from spring 2009. Double needle coptic binding. Fall 2009.

Beet love. The paper litho print is down from a topagraphical map of the farm in Vermont that I wrote my "beet love" poem about. Doulbe needle coptic binding.


and another interpretation of the beet…

from above.

from above.

This book is sewn with a dos-si-dos style binding where two textblocks are sewn into one extended cover, making two books that share one cover.  The text which is interspersed, woven, shredded, or glued in place is excepts from my poem Beet Love and from a short story I wrote last year.  Both the poem and the story deal with how people relate to landscape and in turn, this book explores how text relates to book form.

The text and images were transferred with wintergreen oil, giving it a watery, dreamy quality.  modified long stitch.  Winter 2009.  Photo credit Teresa Silva (http://unwornworld.blogspot.com/)

inside page

inside page

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inside page
front and back covers of one side of the book; text block of the other.

front and back covers of one side of the book; text block of the other.

other cover, beet love poem in reverse

other cover, beet love poem in reverse

text sewn to page, inside cover

text sewn to page, inside cover

binding.  Linked modified long stitich binding

binding. Linked modified long stitich binding


printmaking, bookmaking

This maze book is made from a paper litho print.  The image shows a topographical map of the land surrounding the farm I worked on last summer and the words that runs along the contours of the land is the text of Beet love, my poem.

photo credit:  Teresa Silva (http://mongoosenamedt.blogspot.com/)

this is the print lying read to fold.

this is the print lying read to fold.

standing, back

standing, back

standing, front

standing, front


silkscreen portrait book

This book is one of several silkscreened portrait books I’ve made. The text surrounding the picture is the text to my poem, These Afternoons:

These Afternoons

You, and the long afternoon
stretched out cool and grey
at your feet,
and the softness of this
hidden sun sky on your arms
and your eyes and the
angle and shape of your books forgotten,
for now,
in the grass.

My arms pale
and the leaves on my back cold and still
under the naked limbs of trees and sky.
My arms light and the wet undersides of
fallen leaves heaped here for me.

Only after, when the
day has closed up shop,
do I feel the cold down under my skin,
and the grey light has filled me in, bit by bit.
These afternoons are not long,
they are sinking down into the darkness,
more each day,
under piles of wet leaves.

bar-loop long stitch binding.

bar-loop long stitch binding.

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Prayer for an Agricultural Future

This series of books, Prayer for an Agricultural Future, was mostly made while I was working on a farm this past summer.   They all explore, in some way or another, the theme of being connected to land and landscape and of working with the land.

Beet love

It’s a dark earth kind of

day after day love I’ve got.

Damp earth and maybe sun tomorrow

and my hands in the dirt beside yours.

Pulling beets in the rain

and the cold water down my neck

and red bulbs against greygreen hills,

saying, yes, like this, days like this.

It’s this,

day after day,

with my hands in the dirt beside yours,

that I’ve got.

Beet love.

This book is called Prayer for an Agricultural Future 1.  Modified coptic binding; cardboard, drawing paper, watercolor, and Chinese black ink cover.

This book is called Prayer for an Agricultural Future 1. Modified coptic binding; cardboard, drawing paper, watercolor, and Chinese black ink cover.

This one (right) is Prayer for An Agricultural Future 2/2. Internal strap binding; paper bag and notebook paper, cardboard, and ink cover, elastic to hold shut.

This one is Prayer for An Agricultural Future 2/2. Internal strap binding; paper bag and notebook paper, cardboard, and ink cover, elastic to hold shut.

This one (left), Northeast Kingdom, is named for Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, where I was working. Button hole binding; paper bag, cardboard, Chinese black ink and brush cover.

This one, Northeast Kingdom, is named for Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, where I was working. Button hole binding; paper bag, cardboard, Chinese black ink and brush cover.

This Far North 1 is hand drawn on paper bag and inside the pages are lined with text. The text expressed the sadness of leaving the farm, and deep desire to one day return to farming. Slanted cross binding.

This Far North 1 is hand drawn on paper bag and inside the pages are lined with text. The text expressed the sadness of leaving the farm, and a deep desire to one day return to farming. Slanted cross binding.

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This book, This Far North 2, is a combination of watercolor and ink. The inside contains text and some stitching along the pages, as well as a block print. Bar-loop binding.

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This Far North 2, inside cover.

These three books are Garlic Harvest 1/3, 2/3, and 3/3. All three are paper bag and pen, the first two are bar-loop bindings and the third is a strap binding.

These three books are Garlic Harvest 1/3, 2/3, and 3/3. All three are paper bag and pen, the first two are bar-loop bindings and the third is a strap binding.

Garlic Harvest 3/3

Garlic Harvest 3/3

Beet love is named for a poem about pulling beet with the person you love. Both front and back covers are a block print and the inside has the text of the poem running along the pages as well as in the back. Coptic binding; paper bag, cardboard, block print and acrylic paint.

Beet love is named for a poem about pulling beets with the person you love. Both front and back covers are a block print and the inside has the text of the poem running along the pages as well as in the back. Coptic binding; paper bag, cardboard, block print and acrylic paint.

Beet love, inside back cover with text.

Beet love, inside back cover with text.

Beet love calendar 2009.  This calendar, made with the same block print as Beet love, is a day by day calendar for 2009.  Bar-loop binding.

Beet love calendar 2009. This calendar, made with the same block print as Beet love, is a day by day calendar for 2009. Bar-loop binding.