Monthly Archives: June 2014

Miniature Happy Birthday Accordion Book

This miniature accordion book with a piano hinge closure is one of my favorite little books to make. I made this one for two friends of mine who celebrated their birthdays on Saturday.

Miniature Happy Birthday accordion book has a piano hinge with toothpick closure

Miniature Happy Birthday accordion book has a piano hinge with toothpick closure

The cover is a scanned image of one of my watercolor paintings. I made the twisted cord to go with the colors of the cover. The cord is attached to a toothpick which is inserted into a piano hinge to close the book.

Miniature Happy Birthday accordion book open

Miniature Happy Birthday accordion book open

Here is a link to the blog post of my Courage Inspiration Book.

Enjoy, Candy

 

A Visit To 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

As far as I am concerned, a trip to Portland, Oregon is not complete without visiting 23 Sandy Gallery, a fine art gallery that features local, national and international artists working in book and paper arts. The gallery, owned by Laura Russell, book artist and photographer, is located in Portland’s central east side arts district, and just happens to be close to the friend’s house I usually stay at when I’m in Portland. Yay!

Their current show, Book Power Redux, had just been hung when I was there. It is outstanding! It’s an international juried exhibition of book art addressing social and political issues. Artist books can be a powerful vehicle for social change and activism.

Artist books from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Artist books from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

This show shines a light on some of the most vital issues of our day: race, diversity, equality, justice, bullying, poverty, civil rights, war and more. Book Power Redux will be at 23 Sandy Gallery until July 26, 2014.

The Cycle of Censorship by Dina Sebeel from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Cycle of Censorship by Dina Sebeel from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

The show will then travel to Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and show there from August 5 through October 15, 2014. It will be a featured event during a national conference focused on Race and Pedagogy taking place at the university in September.

Artist books from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon.

Artist books from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Artists books from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Artists books from Book Power Redux at 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Artist book Are Women Human? by Cynthia Schubert

Artist book Are Women Human? by Cynthia Schubert – one of my favorite pieces

Click here for more information about Book Power Redux

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23 Sandy Gallery, Portland Oregon

23 Sandy Gallery, Portland Oregon

My favorite piece of art from 23 Sandy Gallery, was by Erin Mickleson from the  Inked! Contemporary Northwest Letterpress, which I saw in September of 2012. Unfortunately, it was not for sale, or I may have purchased it.

Specimen by Erin Mickelson

Specimen by Erin Mickelson

Specimen was an ink and paper insect collection which consisted of movable beetles that were printed from hand-processed photopolymer plates. The beetles were hand-cut and hand-inked. They were made to represent the general features of several species, not a specific species of beetle.. Each beetle consisted of three moveable layers: body, wings and wing case. They were wonderful!

Enjoy, Candy

New Earth Spirit Vessels

I have been super busy this week getting ready for a show this weekend. Actually I’ve been working on this for months and months. This will be the first time I will be showing my Earth Spirit Vessels outside of the Hilltop Gallery & I’m super excited. Here are some of the vessels I will be showing.

Earth Spirit Vessel Old Faithful contains 363 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Old Faithful, contains 363 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Slumber, is made from 462 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Slumber, is made from 462 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Night Lights, is made from 708 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Night Lights, is made from 708 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Blowing In The Wind, is made from 372 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Blowing In The Wind, is made from 372 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Meadow, is made from 480 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Meadow, is made from 480 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Ocean Currents, is made from 544 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Ocean Currents, is made from 544 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Each Earth Spirit Vessel is made from hundreds of pieces of hand-folded paper. Within 25 of each of the papers are hand calligraphed quotes, inspirations and prayers relating to the Mother Earth and Nature. Once folded and made a part of the vessel, these are not meant to be seen or read, but to be embodied into the spirit of the vessel itself. Included with each vessel is a photograph of the quotes that are included within the vessel. The bottom, or base, of each vessel is made from burl wood.

You can see more of my Earth Spirit Vessels here.

Enjoy, Candy