My neighbor, Jan Dove, is a wonderful Artist Book Maker, and we’ve been attending lectures in the Sherry Grover Artist Book Gallery at the Bainbridge Island Art Museum.
We attended a lecture yesterday by Marshall Weber from Booklyn, who showed exuberant books, which could be unfolded in different ways and grow large enough to fill an entire room. His books, like the last lecturer’s, deal with social issues…Art is Politics, Art is a way to Open Hearts and Minds!
I had been dismayed by the last speaker announcing definitively that to be a True Artist Book, there must be 3 copies. Marshall and Jan both say that there are Unique (one of a kind) Artist Books, too, so mine qualify. He had a big book of his Bar Mitzvah and family, and an accordion book about war–rough, reminding me a bit of Dan Eldon’s work, The Journey is the Destination…although no one there knew Eldon.
So, I was inspired to work bigger and bolder and to keep using my ancestors in art works….AND I finished the Brooklyn Museum’s Sketchbook Project…always a joy to finish, but then a hole in time where that energy used to go. Maybe an accordion fabric book–with ancestors. I’ve given my brothers cloth family albums of the antique photos printed on silk. I think I’ll hold on to the sketchbook project for a while to show it off. It’s not due til March…I like being ready on time or a bit before…and I always kept my Art Business going, even when I worked in OT, so I have 8-12 extra hours a day to make art now.
Another project that’s almost finished for this year is preparing for the Handcraft Show at Sequim Prairie Grange on Saturday, December 2, 9am-3pm, with me sharing two tables with Katie Yeager, Diane Williams, and Barbara Light…That will be Fun and Colorful. If you live in this area, you’ll get an email and map. Please Come
HANDMADE WORK MAKES THE BEST PRESENTS!