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Tools of the Trade: Bone Folders

by Suzanne Coley
Bone folders are my extra fingers when binding books and making boxes. #1 Teflon bone folder - used for smoothing, pressing, folding, shaping.
#2, #3, #4 - antique genuine bone folders given to me by a retired master bookbinder, made in Germany - used for delicate work and conservation.
#5 - wooden Potter's rib - used for difficult spots in large boxes.  Great for smoothing and shaping.
#6, #7 modern genuine bone folders - used for scoring and turning corners when binding books.
#8 Teflon bone folder - nothing sticks to them and they don't leave marks.
My fingers may grip, pinch, and pick up things, but my bone folders are stronger, smaller, larger, rounder, skinner, flatter, sturdier, and can be sanded into other types of shapes.  
My bone folders score, press, shape, burnish, fold, smooth, and work the corners and grooves of my books and boxes better than my pinky and index fingers.

Evidence: The Art of Candy Jernigan

Art is Life I was introduced to Candy Jernigan's art and book when I was going through cancer treatment more than a decade ago.  Her meticulously arranged collages, paintings, and drawings have had a profound impact on the way I view art, life, and visual storytelling.   Before reading her book, I had never seen how powerful art journaling could be -- that it could also be an artistic tool for social commentary.
Candy Jernigan (b. 1952- 1991) attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  Soon after graduating she became a painter, set and costume designer in Provincetown, MA.  In Evidence, Stokes Howell wrote, "By the time she returned to New York in 1980 she was starting to develop the themes and methods she would work with the rest of her life."  
Candy described the transformative process of taking found objects, "trash," and discarded materials from life and turning them into art:
"In 1980, as I set out on my first trip to Europe, I decided to make a book t…

Color Coded

Hey all,

This is Jennifer Lin from TurtleStitch! Check out my new blog post about what I learned about color and code from Suzanne:  steamct.blogspot.com

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet Suzanne Coley.  She talked to me about how she loves TurtleStitch because of the ability to physically hold onto the coded artwork and how coding is a form of art. She taught me color theory and how the color thread and fabric we choose can have an effect on how the viewer sees the embroidery design.

This is what I embroidered yesterday!  I love the colors of the fabric, which help bring out the design of the code:
the blue on the fabric corresponds with the blue of the threadthe size of the red paint on the fabric is similar to the yellow thread in the center of the code this makes the design pop and is more appealing to the eye

Thanks Suzanne!