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 rechipes 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.
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.
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.
The Codicils, detail.
Whitman Sampler, Candy box, hand-painted paper, Gocco-printed “chocolate” books with quotes by Walt Whitman.
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.
GLORIA: Book 3 1/2 ” x 6″, Folding box 4″x 6 1/2″ Handhold, incensed and dyed aluminum, stitched with metal thread, adorned with beads in a handmade box using silk-rayon and velvet.
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: