Books made of pockets!

My studio is in major disarray from my years “away.” In the process of re-organizing it I’ve been discovering work that I did in the past. Today it’s these tiny books made of pockets. In these two small handmade books, each page is a pocket containing a tag. Each decorative tag has space for your writing.

On the left is a book made of maps of Columbia County, NY, and photos from Chatham, NY.  There is a metal compass ornament on the front, and a tiny metal clocktower hangs near the top of the spine.  Each pocket features different towns and villages in the County.  Colorful glass beads decorate the cord that fastens the book shut. The book on the right has a floral motif, and is fastened with a ribbon and vintage button. The Columbia County book has twelve pockets and is 4.5″ X 3.25″ x .5″.The floral book has seven pockets and is 4.75 x 3.25 x .75″.

Two handmade books of pockets, and a handmade box.

Two handmade books of pockets, and a handmade box.

Below is the book with map pockets,

Columbia County book of pockets.

Columbia County book of pockets.

And here is the floral book of pockets.

Floral-themed book of pockets.

Floral-themed book of pockets.

More “finds” to follow.

 

Sewing Box and Fairy House.

It has been a while since I last posted here. My creative energy has been focused on small things, using materials close at hand. No more large -scale projects for now.

This is the sewing box I made for my daughter:

Sewing Box Front

 

Sewing box left side

 

Sewing Box Em & Mirror

 

Sewing box drawer, blinged retro pattern

There are more sewing box photos on my website www.sanctuarywithoutwalls.com.

 

FAIRY HOUSE

Another small project was created for my granddaughters: A Fairy House. I gathered pine cones, dried rhododendron leaves, bark from downed birch branches, stones, and more.  The doors are part of a wood napkin holder. I hand colored windows with alcohol inks. The house is illuminated indoors with tiny lights.

Fairy House photos © copyright 2014 Deirdre Malfatto Photography

Fairy House, D2. Out back

Fairy house, angle close-up, D8, porchFairy house side windows, D, 3

The Sanctuary Art Gallery in the Canaan Congregational Church welcomes the public to its opening and reception for the 13 artists exhibiting their works in the invitational show Frames of Reference, on Saturday, July 26, at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public.

This Fairy House will be displayed on July 26th, but it may be there longer, depending on my granddaughters! Deirdre Malfatto’s professional photograph of the house will remain on display throughout the show. I do not yet know which photo Deidre has chosen for the show; I’m eager to see it! Please attend!

 

 

Living this art thing

Ever wonder about this thing called “creativity?” How people actually get ideas, do the work, and share it with others? Today I came across this blog post that has some spot-on daily-living advice for creative people. It’s by Austin Kleon, and it’s worth a visit.

Here are a few quotes from it:

An artist is a collector. Not a hoarder, mind you, there’s a difference: hoarders collect indiscriminately, the artist collects selectively. They only collect things that they really love.

Your job is to collect ideas. The best way to collect ideas is to read. Read, read, read, read, read. Read the newspaper. Read the weather. Read the signs on the road. Read the faces of strangers. The more you read, the more you can choose to be influenced by.

Step one, “do good work,” is incredibly hard. There are no shortcuts. Make stuff every day. Fail. Get better.

Step two, “put it where people can see it,” was really hard up until about 10 years ago. Now, it’s very simple: “put your stuff on the internet.”

So let me (and AK) know what you think about what he has to say.

A sneak peek at a book

While working on a tunic, the Temple of the Cosmos, and planning for a chasuble and preaching stole, I have been sneaking moments here and there to work on a book I’m creating.

Above is the beginning of the “Earth” page. It is made from a repurposed children’s board book, assembled with a collage of maps, a salvaged library pocket, paper napkins, ink-jet images, stamps (rubber and postage), and  more. The page is not done yet, so watch for another post  –  I cannot guarantee when that day will come. It’s a busy time in the studio!

And for fun:

ArtsWalk opens this evening in Chatham

This is the big weekend!

This year, ArtsWalk is in Chatham as well as in Hudson, NY. The Opening Party is from 6 to 9 PM at the Columbia County Fairgrounds on October 8th, with events and exhibits happening in many places throughout Chatham over the weekend. Shops on Main Street have donated their window space to local artists. My feathery work may be found in the window of Cow Jones Industrials, on Main Street in Chatham.

“With These Wings” Feather Vest by Katharine Houk

The event is sponsored by the Columbia County Council on the Arts. I will be at Opening Night, where I have an Otherworldly piece. I hope to see you there!

Creativity Quote

‎”Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together” and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating – whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day.” –Sister Corita Kent