Handmade Books

With the help of friends Cecile Lindstedt and Tracy Strong, and four grants from the Putnam Arts Council, I devised, edited, illustrated and published four volumes of the Art Garden Vista, a hand-colored, limited-edition anthology of the best Art Garden writings. My interest in handmade books abides. In 1995 I began formal study at the Center for Book Arts in New York City. I also studied calligraphy with Karen Gorst at the (now defunct) School of Sacred Arts in New York City. There I learned the humanist hand, the delicate art of gilding, medieval recipes for paint and ink, and how to prepare and letter on vellum. I was then able to create a series of works that were hand-lettered on vellum, which I ornamented with drawings of flowers, birds and celestial bodies and illuminated with gold and semi-precious stones. One of which is “The Codicils,” details of which are shown below. They were exhibited at a one-woman show at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, as well as in upstate New York. My handmade books have been featured in shows in New York and elsewhere.

Here are a sampling of the books I created after studying at the Center for Book Arts in New York City:



WHITMAN’S SAMPLER: Box 2 ¾”x 3 3/8″, books 1″x ¾” Hand-painted paper, gocco-printed.




Another piece I am pleased with is The Codicils, from Psychic Politics by Jane Roberts. These are a set of twelve “alternate hypotheses as a base for private and public experience.” The Codicils struck me as ideas which are flexible and native to our consciousness. My design was intended to reflect this.




The Codicils (detail).


I handlettered The Codicils on pieces of chamois-skin and strung them together on a bamboo framework. The piece is designed to feel as though it can travel with us wherever we go. Detail of The Codicils, by Jane Roberts: 64″ x 20″ Japanese stick ink and 22Kt-Gold lettered on chamois, with bamboo and leather supports.



GLORIA: Book 3 ½” x 6″, Folding Box 4″x 6 ½”. Handtooled, incised and dyed aluminum, stitched with metal thread, adorned with beads in a box using silk, rayon and velvet.




BOOK O’CLOCK: 5″x 3 ¼” Japanese binding cloth, quartz clock, Twinrocker paper, gocco printed with rubber stamps.




THE COOKIE THAT MOVES IS A GIRL: incised neon plexi cover, copitic bound “window” pages of aluminum incised, dyed and stitched to mylar. Text by artist.




CIRCLES: 31/2″ diameter. Illustrated hand-colored quotations of Emerson printed in xerox, handcut




CHANGE OF RESIDENCE: Portfolio 13″x 19″ Web-book 30″x 6″ Japanese stick ink, iridescent thread, Twinrocker paper, japanese bookcloth, Italian marbled paper




GREEN AND GROWING: 7 ½” x 6″ Artist’s text xeroxed on watercolor paper, hand-colored, Japanes bookcloth, Italian marbled paper




I DWELL IN POSSIBILITY: 20″x 28″x 14″ Plexiglass, mylar, bamboo, oil crayon of Emily Dickinson poem



My latest explorations have involved lettering children’s poetry on muslin for the Hudson Highlands Land Trust River Of Words Outdoor Poetry Trail. here are a few shots:











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