The 25-year Handmade Book series
The 25-year Handmade Book series started in 2009.
For three decades I worked on commissions, public murals,
portraiture and fine art, some of which has been published
in books. I came upon actually making books when I got
married at age 54. At the time, I promised myself, if I surviv-
ed the event I'd make a book about it.
The next year seemed equally monumental, so I manifested another book, and then another and another. I will be 79 when the series is complete. I make 50 of each volume annually.
They are available by subscription or individual copies.
Volume I is a reconfigured photo-book with painted cover, housed in a cloth cover that is repurposed with bottle-cap button. With the event over I gathered the pieces of my brain into a 6 x 6 structure, the very first of the 25-year series. The symbol painted on the cover I choose from the vine balls strung across our backyard. The pocket in the back of the book shares the entire beginning. Below is a sample of the art in the book, the wedding invitation.
Volume II was printed in my studio-office, and is a perfect-bound book with each cover individually painted in mineral coating, an ancient form of pigment used in frescoes. The subject matter became obvious as I spent six months cloistered away in a warehouse like space working on a mural commission for Durham Technical Community College’s 50th anniversary. Students and faculty were the models for the mural and many also volunteered to help paint.
Volume III is a triptych, three chapbooks housed in a reconfigured cereal box painted like faux granite with subjects: Travel, Flowers and Foundlings. All three of the booklets that make up this third year have a large central pullout signed/numbered print. The covers are adorned with a block print representing the subject matter. Like Volume I and Volume II, Volume III came about very organically. Starting out each year I have no idea what the main subject will be, but then life is like that; all about surprises.
Volume IV is an accordian book with twelve individual pockets packed with information about each month representing the four seasons through plein air painting. The cover is Marmoleum, engraved, and several are filled in with gold or silver paint. The spines are book cloth that I made and the end sheets I marbleized in Trudy Thompson's studio. This was a year of many events from a fundraiser for a wildlife rehabilitation center to a high school reunion out on fire Island.
Volume V is a reconfigured box with Mica window, framed with a beveled mat, reinforced with an aluminum spine that is embossed, stitched with Baker's cord dipped in beeswax, encasing the memorial scroll of Bella Bellissimo. The boxes are lined with paste paper, contains five chapbooks and has a vintage button closure. The story line in this book captures a year of turning points and the art really follows along; described as a real page turner.
Volume VI is comprised of fifty 6x6 paintings. Nestled into the back of each painting is an aluminum cradle, which holds a handmade 3x3 book, illustrated with the collection of fifty images. Every painting comes with it's own one-of-a-kind handmade book. This year's Volume comes complete with two books and an oil painting.
Volume VII is a goody box filled with unique art objects. individually painted with lazer cut aluminum spine plate, which includes a two-book set, two original geli prints, handmade quill soda pen and samples of paper embellishment with instructional booklet.