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52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textile: Week 43

Final handmade books for 2017
I've been busy in the studio working on my final handmade textile book.  Volume 12 - Sun Mirrors.

Looking forward to finishing and taking time to post more images.

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textile: Week 42

Printing Text on Fabric I've been experimenting with different ways of applying text to the pages of my books.  When I don't have a lot of text, I like to carve linoleum blocks.  When I have a lot of text, I like to use silkscreens.
These photos are from my textile book All I Have.  I used a silkscreen to add text to the "raw" textile pages.

52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 41

Torn But Not Broken:  I love using the leftover textiles and experimenting with them.
Lately, I've been ripping, tearing, cutting, and creating textures with the leftovers.  Sewing these pieces together and then printing on them has allowed for interesting themes such as Torn But Not Broken.

Week 40: A Cover Story

Ursula Rani Sarma is a wonderful writer, and I am honored to have one of my paintings on the cover of her book Touched/Blue.  Ursula recently adapted Khaled Hosseini's novel A Thousand Splendid Suns for the stage.  So great!

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 39

Hand Painting Textiles One of the best surprises I had while working on my textiles books was the opportunity to hand paint fabrics.
For me, the best fabrics to paint are cottons and linens.  I really like handwoven linens the best, however, they are expensive and hard to find.   The ones I used are from a trip to a small town in Germany (near Kassel). The above photo is my work station after a good day painting.

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 38

Goats  Poetry is a huge part of my artist's books.  When you remove the binding, the illustrations, the sewing, the colors, the textiles, the layers of texture, there is the soul -- the poems.
Here is the poem that appears in the book Goats:
Green wetland, hot tempered and feisty Your rugged terrain we roam Forty moonless nights Sparks of hope guide us
Befor the serpents, you were paradise Dragonflies rejoiced in your beauty Monkeys basked in your luxury Lions learned from your courage A thousand shades of green was your kingdom
Wet wasteland, with your burning air We inhale suffering, our bellies bloat Billy goats don't eat roots Our children's last tears make your morning dew           - Suzanne Coley

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textile: Week 37

Beading and Printmaking on Textiles I finished working on the Asymmetrical textile book and posted the final images on Instagram.  I didn't use the patchwork designs that I showed on the last post.  Instead I went in a different direction.
I've always loved hand beading and these smaller books offered an opportunity to experiment with different beading styles and forms.  So, I decided to go with a beaded book with pages made from hand paint linen fabric and embellishments.
This is an image of the inside of the book.