The Grandmothers!

Doors, The GrandmothersMy previous post included a photo of the cover of one of my altered books. The pages above are from that book.

Grandmothers! I am rich in grandmothers, as are we all. In the photo above, the baby is my Grandmother; her mother, my Great-Grandmother, is standing; the woman holding my Grandma is my Great-Great-Grandmother, and the impressive woman seated on the right is my Great-Great-Great Grandmother. The only one I ever knew personally was my Grandmother (the baby.) She was a fiery red-head, full of energy and fun. She graduated from Vassar back in the day, and was courted by my Grandfather, who was a student at Harvard. Quite a match!

These strong women were the living “doorways” to my life, so I included them on the free front end-paper of my book.

Doors altered book, front coverVisit again for more altered book adventures!

Earth Pages ~ Altered Book

Back in March, I promised to send photos of the altered book I started months ago.

Earth, Water, Fire and Air ~ what you see below are the Earth pages. The book is made from an altered child’s board book, with stamping, collage, painting, chalk, and more. The tabs on the right are part of the original board book; they’ve been perfect for labeling each page. The photo of St. Francis was taken in the garden of a place I stayed near Asheville, NC.

The Water, Fire and Air pages are almost complete, so eventually you’ll find those here as well. In the meantime, backed-up custom orders absorb my time.

If you have made altered books, please leave a comment with a link. I’d like to see your work!

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:

Everything’s Been Moved!

It’s a bit crowded and chaotic, but everything has now been moved to my studio in the renovated barn.  Planning an Open House in June ~ date TBA.

Some photos:

Hourglass and friends

Books and bags on the wall

Handmade curtains used as a space divider

Somebody's Aunt Martha waiting patiently on a clothing rack