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 cornersand grooves of my books and boxes betterthan my pinky and index fingers.
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…
My artist's residency in New York City is going well. I love integrating art and science in my designs and look forward to creating more.
After learning how to code my designs on the computer, I decided to make textile books that use new technologies and traditional methods.
Creating handmade books offers a final product that takes students through the multiple layers and steps of design.
I love the mathematical precision that coded designs offer. I plan to combine the coded designs and embroidery with original hand painted textiles.