Saturday, November 30, 2013

Life: Enjoy it

I want to offer stationery for the holidays.
For the first time I outsourced printing of my artwork
to create a limited edition of cards.
5x7 cards by Suzanne Coley
The cards came out really nice.
Life card by Suzanne Coley
The cards are 5" x 7" and blank on the inside.  

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lavender Anura

Handmade paper by Suzanne Coley
handmade paper with custom 3 dimensional molds, 2012
I came down here to fetch a poet: "Why a poet?"
That his advice may guide the city true
And so keep up my worship!
The Frogs by Aristophanes

Monday, November 25, 2013


Lately, I have been receiving inquiries about purchasing my work. I am not affiliated with a gallery right now, and I am using every second to create and experiment with ideas I have had for years.

Here are some places you may find my work over the holidays:
1.  Islip Art Museum, New York Bound International Bookart Biennial (until 29 Dec. 2013)
2.  Kennedy Krieger Institute Festival of Trees, Timonium Fairgrounds (29 Nov - 1 Dec)
3.  Grandma's Print Shop, Etsy (please check regularly for new items for the holidays)

Dreamscape, small accordion book, 2013
Everyone interested in the gold book I recently created for the library, please contact me. That book was a custom order, and yes, I love the challenge of custom orders with short deadlines (smile).

Many thanks for your inquires and interest in my work.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Baltimore Library

Yesterday, librarians from my local library
asked if I could donate a handmade book. 
It would be the center piece on their holiday wreath.
Handmade artist's books
I went home and reviewed my ooks and
decided to make a new one.  I wanted
it to be vibrant, golden, and fun.
Once upon a time . . . ,
Based on children's fairy tales, my book
began, "Once upon a time . . . "
The cover and endpapers were created with 
gold leaf on kozo paper and embossed 
with silver and red mica.

I delivered the finished book to the library this afternoon,
20 hours later.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


by Euripides
Spirits have many shapes by Suzanne Coley

Chorus (singing)
Spirits have many shapes,
Many strange things are performed by the Gods.
The expected does not always happen,
And God makes a way for the unexpected.
So ends this action.
Translation: Richard Aldington, 1930, London

These are the last five lines of Alcestis, a tragedy by Euripides.

Classical Greek Drama
During ancient Greek times, the chorus played an important theatrical role.  Wearing masks and singing in unison, they were commentators of the action.  They voiced public opinion, made the actions of the characters clearer, and said things that the main characters could not say.

The chorus in Euripides' tragedies consisted of fifteen actors.  In the final scene, called exodus, the chorus remained on stage and sang the last lines.  

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Below the fold

Newspaper print from Soliton video and on-site installation.
linocut printed on wax paper over newspaper, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Accordion book with monoprints

Part II
There are several ways to make an accordion book.
This is how to fold a monoprint into an accordion
structure that fits inside an existing book cover.
I want this monoprint to fit into this textured 
red book cover I made a few months ago.

To begin you need the following supplies:
X-acto knife
Adhesive (PVA glue & methyl cellulose)
Binding board or cover for book
Bone folder, teflon
Self-healing cutting mat
Small weight
Small sponge roller
Wax paper

Take your paper 
 and measure it.
 This paper is 18 inches, 46 centimeters long.
I turn the unfinished book cover on its back and measure one side.
3 inches, 7.6 centimeters
 I measure 3 inches and begin to fold the paper,
keep folding until you have 6 panels
Take the cover and line the inside boards
with kozo paper.  Kozo paper is great for
binding and lining books as it is strong, archival,
translucent, and absorbent.
I use methyl cellulose mixed with PVA as an adhesive.
Methyl cellulose dissolved in water makes an archival, 
pH neutral, nontoxic adhesive.  My adhesive is 
40% methyl cellulose and 60% PVA.  
I don't use a brush to add adhesive. 
I use an inexpensive painting sponge from 
the hardware store.
Add adhesive to your endpaper and place over the kozo paper.
 Smooth it with a teflon bone folder.  
Notice that I did not cover the entire right side
with the end paper.  I usually cover 1/3 of
the right side (enough to make sure that
when opened, you don't see the kozo
paper or the boards (see pic below)).

Add adhesive to the last panel of your accordion book
and attach it to the right cover.  Carefully smooth
the panel to the board with your teflon bone folder.
Let your book dry at least 30 minutes before handling.

Accordion book closed.

Accordion book opened.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Accordion book with monoprints

Part I
I am going to turn this monoprint of
leaves and linocuts
into an accordion book.

It should be dry tomorrow and
I will post the process.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Paper so old

watercolor is spelled with two words
"Water Color Block"
 I love this paper.
Prints come out so beautiful!
my Grandma's paper block
I wish I had more, but I haven't been able to find any.

I love paper

I finally finished a handmade book to 
house all my paper samples.
page from my paper sample book
page from my paper sample book
page from my paper sample book

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Tennyson's Poetry

In the studio: Salvaged pages from a damaged antique poetry book by Alfred Tennyson
O let the solid ground
Not fail beneath my feet
Before my life has found
What some have found so sweet;
Then let come what come may,
What matter if I go mad,
I shall have had my day.

Let the sweet heavens endure,
Not close and darken above me
Before I am quite quite sure
That there is one to love me,
Then let come what come may
To a life that has been so sad
I shall have had my day.
Alfred Lord Tennyson, Love Poems, p. 55

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Between the Covers

of books


handmade paper and linocuts on Chiyogami paper
I love opening a book and seeing beautiful,
hand painted, textured endpapers between the covers.  

Antique hand marbled papers and illustrated 
gold leaf designs are my favorites.
The most exquisite ones are in museums.

Linocut printed on Chiyogami paper, 2013
I decided to create a series of books with just
Endpapers, titled Between the Covers,
combining my handmade papers 
with a collection of silkscreened 
Chiyogami papers from Japan.

handmade paper textured with custom mould, 2013
*Chiyogami - chiyo (1000 generations) gami (paper)
Originally designed and developed during the
 Edo period (1605 - 1868) these papers are
also known as Yuzen washi paper.
Made from the inner bark fibers of the kozo, 
mitsumata, and gampi trees, Chiyogami
retains its long fibers and is
soft, strong, durable and acid free.

I want people who hold my books
to experience the textures and 
sensory discoveries that only
handmade books offer.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Linocuts on Newspapers

Today I met a good friend for coffee 
and she showed me a photograph she
took of my art installation, Soliton.
Thank you J.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Orange bright

He hangs in shades the orange bright,
Like golden lamps in a green night,
And does in the pomegranates close
Jewels more rich than Ormus shows;
       Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Book Arts

life is a journey
recorded in colors and symbols
bound in structures that
can be passed on
to others 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Monochromatic Stillness
when the art world 
with my studio world
I quiet the discord by
creating these paintings.

I can tell how chaotic my
world is by the way the lines flow.
If I get bad news,
I take a deep breath,
go to my studio and make
these clean, crisp lines.

The act of creating these paintings
clears my mind.

My process: I take acrylic paint
and drip it on the paper.  In order to 
achieve these lines, there has to be 
the right combination of spontaneity,
free flow, calm, and control.  

Perhaps these are my emotional writings?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New Journal

Just finished this journal today.  
I hand painted the cover and then waited a week
before printing two linocuts of lilies on top of the painting.
 It is interesting to see how the paints and inks interacted.
I used embossed crocodile paper to bind the spine.

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