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52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 8

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art On Wednesday, scholars got a chance to review my newest handcrafted textile books.   It was wonderful to have them look through each page and give me feedback.  
The most frequent comment was that the wood covers looked like glass.  I explained that over 45 days, I applied 25 thin coats of poly to achieve that look.
What is so interesting about this comment is I really wanted to have glass covers for these books, and I looked into it.  There were two problems: 1. I would've had to hire someone to create the glass covers and 2. They would have been too fragile for my project.  (I shattered a sample while transporting a piece to my home.)

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textile: Week 7

This entire series is inspired by rare African textiles that I received from the Smithsonian National African Museum of Art in Washington, DC back in October 2016.
After the initial surprise of receiving such prized beauties, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them: Make rare handcrafted books.



August Wilson

I have always loved August Wilson's plays, and I'm finding them more inspirational than ever.
 They make me laugh.  They make me cry.  They make me think about the past.
They make me think about the future.  They make me think about the mystical, the magical, and the real.  He will always be one of my favorite writers along with Akhmatova, Aristophanes, Plato and Poe.

Valentine's Day: Cards made with Postage Stamps

Mailing love to you.  Happy Valentine's Day!

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textile: Week 6

 Here are some of this week's highlights from the work station.
 I will turn all of these textiles into handcrafted books.
I am adding layers to the covers and the textiles, and preparing everything for binding next week.

52 Weeks of Linocuts on Textile: Week 5

I love working on this project.
 It combines my passion for storytelling and love of sewing, carving, painting, and binding.
I've always wanted to work with feathers and found a way to incorporate them into this series.