Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Things are moving along for the ABAD ~ Memento show. I have been working on organizing the postcards, collecting and uploading them to the website, and making some trinkets for the gift shop.

1½ x 1½ inch mini book in antique brass case

We are privileged to have scheduled a special honor guard service which will be performed for John S. Turner at 7 p.m.

There will also be a wonderful section on Hart Island, with the kind permission of Melinda Hunt, to show some letters and artwork related to the potter's field there.

Please come by the Willo North Gallery on Friday night May 6th to see over 150 postcards from artists around the world. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


It's that time again to answer the call for entries for the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center event The Illustrated Accordion. This year I started out with a little treasure I found at a local antique mall, a typewriter ribbon tin. I wanted to create something appropriate in it, so I turned to two of my favorite sources: old New York Times articles and ephemeral films and music on Internet Archive.

I pieced together a funny little story, using cream colored rice paper, cardboard and glue. It's called Mayor No Match for Girl Typist. 2.5 x 2.5 x .625"

The story is about the 1941 National Business and Professional Women's Week in New York City, where Mayor LaGuardia challenges the acclaimed, Miss Hamma to a typing duel. Miss Hamma showed her speed and proficiency at 165 words per minute, the mayor having to relinquish his machine. The evening ended with dinner at Lundy's Shore Dinner Pavilion in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

Sunday, April 3, 2011


In an old history book I was reading about how the early American colonists decided to make a break with England and the Revolutionary War began. It made me wonder if they would be appalled at current political issues.

Components: map of England, American history book page, rubber stamp and costumed Uncle Sam (McCall's 1940).


front and back, 3.5 x 2 inch collage

This card is small. I used an old business card for the base. I started out with the drill illustration... thought about what else is drilled... you have to listen to drills when you learn, things are drilled into your head when you are little, and off shore drilling occurs in Central America.

Components: 17th century ear illustration, old historic map, text book drill illustration, little girl dressed in a princess costume from McCall's Complete Needlework Catalog 1940.

Saturday, April 2, 2011