Tuesday, July 27, 2010

meanwhile, back at the ranch...

i'm beginning to get over the huge sleepiness that's overwhelmed me for a couple of days. i swear that this chair was no where near the grapevine that has tried to claim it for it's own.
it had also climbed up my porch screening and begun to boogie along the roof. this summer is galloping ahead of itself.
not an amish farm, but definitely an amish style sign. new since i left.
some p.b.i. samples. melissa showed us several traditional fine binding techniques that transfer over to thick/artists' books. i was entranced with this spine sewing, and went overboard with these little presentation booklets.
you can see that i used a precious object that i found in machias, and built a home for it. this little book swings easily and we had fun (i was sitting at the FUN table) swinging it and pretending to be police. book geeks.
this checkerboard spine has many many possibilities, and i think i'll be exploring this one more. melissa learned this from betsy palmer eldridge. 
the three books, in different stages of completion. the ones presenting pebbles are leather trimmed. i am learning, and you can see many mistakes.
melissa's class was all about incorporating objects that are not necessarily found in books into the structure. we made thick board books, using several techniques to bind them. we did a lot of experimenting and everyone's book(s) were unique. melissa managed this chaos with grace and ease. i have a new way to present textiles, and unfortunately the photos don't really show much, so i guess i'll have to make up the thing in order to share it. number 25 on my list of things to be done immediately. after trimming the grapevine, that is.


  1. reconsider.
    if you trim the grapevine you won't be abler to hear anything :)♫♪

    great stuff you made

  2. Velma, thank you so very much for sharing your experience at the paper book intensive. I learned so much just from your photos and anticipate seeing more beautiful results as you work the new ideas into your own practice. Welcome back.

  3. thank you judy, i am back now. and it's a hot day now, so i guess it's july!

    neki, i thought i heard wilson pickett...

  4. The books look great- especially like the one with the Machias treasure in it... and the pebbles. That's an enthusiastic grapevine, but this summer seems to be that way, in contrast to the monsoons of last, if you also had that.....

  5. i so love that sewing is involved in creating these books. you know i am intrigued....

  6. just wait, jude, until i get the sample done that i made to present textiles!!!

  7. lucky it was grapevine and not poison ivy....

  8. you bet! leaves of three, let it be. i remember that old rhyme.

    a story-father of a young man i know burned out all the poison ivy on his property. he inhaled (unlike bill) and became seriously ill. served him right, though. he was very, very mean.

  9. thanks. just models, but i really really learned alot!

  10. I think they (books) all look great and I can't see any mistakes.

    The grapevine is wonderful - eating the chair!


  11. I have two hops and a grape that are doing the same thing. I think it's adding a certain air of "neglected, romantic mystery." Well, until they eat the house I suppose. :)

    Your books are so inspiring!

  12. i like neglected, romantic mystery. can i apply that to the dust tumbleweeds and spiderwebs indoors?

  13. I have a grapevine eating my lilac trees and japanese beetles eating the grapevine...sigh...no energy yet to deal with it so I'm letting nature devour itself! but LOVE your books, Velma!!! Love the stitching, love the idea of putting "things" in the books. HOpe you are feeling better! Today is lovely! xo Cait

  14. Ummm...thanks so much for the 'grace and ease' - I'm glad to know it looked that way! (grin)


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