Wednesday, March 31, 2010


"occupation" altered book, photographs and mixed media

Today is a day for regrouping, putting THE STUDIO - PS website together, cleaning up and staying in. Here is a piece of art that I used in the movie, CUT BACK: facing ageism. While I was looking for elements to use on the site, it was hidden in the old book drawer.

This stapler was a great find. Wanting to saddle stitch the books we made at the last uac meeting, and not wanting to actually sew the pages together, I opted to buy this adjustable stapler. You can stitch a book as wide as 12". Motivation to make more books.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Here is our ribbon for IN THE TRENCHES, Hart Island, New York. This just feels nice. Thanks again to the Art School in Sandy Springs.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


"what oscar left behind" collage and mixed media on paper 5x6"

Shari and I wanted to find out what material made that kind of semi transparent, yet totally flat style you find on some collages. Fusible interfacing is the solution. A simple sewing accoutrement makes the subtle difference in overlaying the bird design.

We tried paper, tracing paper and other transfer methods. But we still could not get the edgy transparent yet opaque feel. After shopping at several fabric stores we were directed to a quilt shop, where we found an assortment of fusible interfacing. Some so thin (as in "he thought we wouldn't know"), that you print flopped on its paper backing, which gets removed after ironing and others thick and gluey (as in "what oscar left behind") that you print on the right side and iron-on face up.

Which brings me to this wonderful tool, a mini quilter's iron. It is incredible. Much more handy than the "transfer tool" and it has heat controls and a shut off switch. Very handy. It can do the iron-ons with ease, and it also is excellent for transfer techniques which require heat.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


"he thought we wouldn't know" multi media, collage and inkjet 4x6"

Here is what I worked on today after trekking around Phoenix looking for the secret paper with Shari.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


front view opened

This is part one of two accordion books that will highlight and give clues to the hidden and then found objects from the heating grate that sat in Mary's backyard on Long Island for 30 years.

back view opened

The right hand pages contain small articles, evidence tags and photographs. Some of the techniques employed were heat transfers from laser prints, rubber stamps, sewing and pasting. The color was applied to the pages by using some dust from earthtone pastel chalks and rubbing it on with a cotton ball.

front cover

After intently thinking of the cover design, I decided on making it look like an evidence envelope. Jake brought me some inter-office specimens and I was on my way. Researching the internet uncovered some very interesting forensic science history, for instance, the drawings on the top flap were from a system of classification called Anthropometry or the Berillon System (devised by Alphonse Bertillon in 1882).

back cover

Jake suggested the coffee stain for the back cover and I liked the idea. Who wouldn't be drinking a cup of joe while filing through the evidence?

I am pleased with the way the book turned out (see all the pages) and will be sending it off to Kalamazoo shortly.


Tonight Jake, Todd and I attended a gallery drawing session at SMOCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts). There is a wonderful exhibition now of the work of Chuck Close, which shows not only the final works of art, but the break down of the process, the plates and the wood blocks and many more pieces of the actual printing procedures he used in his work. After a quick tour and explanation of some of the work, we each got to choose a piece and draw it. I selected a finely grided etching, one of his self portraits... we only had an hour, and this is how far I got on the pattern of his left eye.

I enjoyed the exercise of really looking at the light and dark, and of the detail and delicacy of the original work. Jake did a white on black sketch which I absolutely love. Todd also picked a white on black exercise, which he brought to life in just minutes. It is very good to know that museums like SMOCA care enough about their community to offer such creative programs.


IN THE TRENCHES, Hart Island, New York has been honored with a merit award at the Art School in Sandy Springs. Mary C. Leto, of Moontide Paper Studio, and I got a very nice email from Donna, artist and owner, saying how well the piece was received and how the judge was brought to quiet tears after looking at our book. We are very happy for the award.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Thinking about how to use my skills and tools in a wider variety of ways I decided to feature my original oil pastels of the found objects (as I search for a venue to show them) and turn the "story" into an artist's book which I can show at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center.

Instead of the title "Domino Mysteries", I changed it to "Body of Evidence". That seemed to resonate well with me. When I shared it with other friends they were receptive to the name too. So I am moving ahead with it. The presentation will be in the form of an accordion book with each left side panel showing the exhibited item. On the right side there will either be a photo, an evidence tag or an old newspaper article that pertains to the Hart family or something related to the objects. There will just be a hint of clues with the presented evidence. I am going to actually break it down into two books on the advice of my friend, Elizabeth, a book artist and crafts person. She said it would be too much for people to handle a book with 40 panels.

In my desire to add some fact along with the fiction I researched the NY Times and found the name of a popular police detective of the 1860s, named Philip Farley, and used his name as the person who collected the evidence. When I was researching the Hart family I found at one time that Charles Hart had a servant named Frank Small. And I found another story detailing a death by chloroform overdose. Does it sound mysterious?

Join the open call to artists for accordion books at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. The closing date for entries is March 26th.


We brought back the printer and got a different one that is mac compatible. All is well.


I just read the blog from the Art School in Sandy Springs, where IN THE TRENCHES, Hart Island, New York is making its debut this week. The judging will be done tomorrow and the final reception is Friday night. Wow, that went by so fast. I wish Mary and I could have been there.

Monday, March 1, 2010


On Sunday, Jake and I went to the office supply store to get a new printer. I wasn't sure if I wanted an ink-jet, to get nice high quality saturated images or a laser jet to get a more slick printed look. The salesman was really nice and showed us several models. I took some printout samples of each home and was going to see what I could do with transfers and such and to think about it. Then in the mail this morning I got a new toy.

I had ordered it online. It is just called transfer tool. And that is just what it does. Using a laser printout you take the heated end of the transfer tool and rub it on the back of the paper to paper transfer and there you have it (it actually burns the paper a bit, so you have to keep it moving like an iron, it will also melt anything below it, so be careful if you get one). I really liked the results so much.

Today we went back to buy the printer. I took my sample to show the guy at the office store. (He seemed interested in what we needed the printer for). We waited and waited for the same guy to be available, since we had an extensive conversation with him the day before. He knew we had a mac and our needs. But it was taking long and getting close to closing, and another really nice sales rep offered to help. We said we liked this particular laser printer, asked about all the specs, like dpi and networking, but we forgot to tell him we had a mac, and we embarrassingly forgot to look at the box ourselves.

While we were checking out, our original salesman became available. "Look at this transfer," I said excitedly. "Oh, that looks awful," he said. "No, no, it's supposed to look like that, you know, aged." He blushed and I felt slightly confused. But it didn't matter, soon I would be making lots and lots of transfers.

I was so happy.... rushed home to hook it up.... unpacked it, pulled out all the tabs, made room, cleaned the shelf... and plugged it in.... only to find out there are no printer drivers for the HP Color Laser 1215 for the mac.

We searched the internet for workarounds, but they seemed way too convoluted and we sadly packed it all back into the box.... to be continued tomorrow.