Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Art Lives: Annie Bodelier

At some point in life it feels like we are constantly losing people. Sometimes the loss of someone we don't know affects us more than other losses, sometimes that loss just taps into our accumulated grief. Sometimes it just makes us think.

Random internet searches turn up information we may wish to know or not. Annie Bodelier was a book artist who sent me a card in 2005, a little book and a very warm letter dated 19 December 2010, and who was participating in an online workshop making 100 books from Making Handmade Books. She was serious about book art, and she made those 100 books, completing the task in August of 2013. I'm sure she made many more before and after that project. I only recently learned that she had died on July 8, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. Although she had written to me, I did not know her. I did not know she was ill. Her blog is still online. Her books from the workshop are here

In honor of her memory and the memory of her work, here are pictures of the handmade book she sent me. She put herself into the work; it was personal and meaningful to her. In the letter, she wrote, "The one I send you is filled with images from my visual journals and pictures of some books I've made. I hope you'll enjoy this gift from my heart to yours and I wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for the year to come."

"From one of my journals. Title: Conversation Failed"

"Flagbook. Title: Joy"

"Artist Book — Title: Connections. 
By folding over/under you can change the "sequence."

"The maximum number of pages you can look at is 4."

"From journal #16
Title: the Race Is Over Now"

(Connections, image #3)
"I've used: drawing, stamping, collage, rubbing, sewing, transfers."

"My 'junk journal'
Exploring Gwen Diehn's book: The Decorated Journal
Subject: Layers"

"Exploring stenciling in one of my journals
Title: Zonder Woorden=Without Words"

"Found poetry in one of my journals.
Title: The Emperor's Clothes (from the Fairy Tale)"

"Doodle (zentangle)
Accordion Book
March 2009: A Page A Day"

"From journal #17
Exploring eraser carving
Title: Do Hearts Fly?"

I believe that she also made the artist stamp on the left.

Now that fall semester has ended, I've been going through my studio,
trying to figure out what I want.
Fortuitously I found her card. 
Yes, she was very interested in creating artist stamps.

A lively spirit.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Star 82 Review December Issue 2.4 is LIVE!

The eighth issue of Star 82 Review, the art and literature magazine I design, edit, and produce is now available online and in print. We are looking at humans in nature, and nature in the city, among other things. Nature sounds romantic, but in fact it has an edge.

Book artists featured in this issue are: Alastair Johnston, with a collage made from found materials in France in the 1980s, and Lisa Kokin, with a new piece made from pieces of zippers that look like text. 

Joining them is someone interested in text and texture: Daniel Levin Becker, author of Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature, and regular art contributor Shelton Walsmith, whose photographs and paintings have appeared on book and magazine covers, including Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities from Harvest Books and Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish.

Two ways to read:
(You can also order Star 82 Review 2.4 through Amazon.)
List of links to previous issues.

Contributors to 2.4
José Angel Araguz 
Hugh Behm-Steinberg 
Wendy Taylor Carlisle 
Kevin Casey 
Francine Conley 
Frank De Canio 
David Fullarton 
Howie Good 
Susan Gundlach 
Jim Hair 
A.D. Hurley 
Alastair Johnston
Jean Kim 
Lisa Kokin 
Daniel Levin Becker 
Dan Micklethwaite 
Tendai Rinos Mwanaka 
Tobias Oggenfuss 
Stephen Okawa 
Kasra Omid-Zohoor 
Coco Owen 
Kathryn Paulsen 
Eldon Reishus 
Judith Roney 
Emily Spencer 
David Stallings 
Merrill Sunderland 
Ryan Tahmaseb 
Jonathan Travelstead 
Lynne Viti 
Shelton Walsmith 
Tony Walton 
Luke Warm Water

Friday, December 12, 2014

Echoes of Books in Nature

After playing with the Fishbone Fold from this post, I took a walk and found echoes of the structure in nature. Took some photos and brought the images back to the studio to replay.

I measured and masked, then painted a large piece of Velin Arches,
which looked like this:

For the shaped books, I did not fold the initial horizontal line, but 
I did measure and mark it, made my curvy cuts, then erased the marks.
Scored across the connecting 1/2" bones, then folded up.
Some of the books have slightly different measurements to 
allow for stems or to create the layered fishbone look.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Variation on Hedi Kyle's Fishbone Fold

The Fishbone Fold, whose design is attributed to Hedi Kyle, has been around for several years, it seems, but over here on the left coast I hadn't seen it until just recently. It is an interesting variation on a one-page structure that has a horizontal slit down the center; this one-page structure has several slits, each separated by 1/2" of the fish's spine. The tutorial by Susan Angebranndt at Green Chair Press creates a structure that has overlapping pages when closed and makes a longer, narrower fish. I wondered how it would look if the fore edge was even. It makes the structure more plant shaped, I think. The above photo shows the fishbones on the left, the fishbone variations on the right. These instructions show my variation. It could be made as a tree or flower or pine branch, depending how you paint the paper.

If you use paper that is grained long, the bones (or branches) tend to pop open more; the book is more sculptural. If you use paper that is grained short, the base opens more: you may wish to glue the pages in strategic areas.

You will have 1/2" between the bones (or branches), 1/2" at either end to glue together.

Tools: pencil, metal ruler, bone folder, X-Acto knife and cutting mat, PVA and small piece of board or brush for gluing
Materials: Arches Text Wove (Velin Arches) 10" x 24 1/2"; or Canson Mi-Teintes, Rives Lightweight, or another lightweight or mid-weight paper
Example: 5" x 4" finished size, closed

Arrange paper horizontally.
Measure and mark, top and bottom:
1/2" — 4" — 1/2"— 5"— 1/2"—6—1/2"—7"—1/2"
(=24 1/2")

Align the ruler with the marks, just behind them so there is room for the bone folder.
Connect each set of the marks and score (draw a line) with the bone folder.
(You can see the scores as shiny marks in the photo at left.)

Fold the paper in half horizontally, making the whole page long and narrow.

Open and make marks at all the intersecting folds.

Make marks top and bottom, centered, between each of the wider marks
(leave the 1/2" sections alone).

Connect the sets of marks with the ruler and score these as well.

With the cutting mat underneath the paper,
cut with the X-Acto using the metal ruler as a guide;
make horizontal slits, across the larger segments and across
the new score lines, stopping at each 1/2" segment.
(Exception: You can cut all the way across the 7" segment and the 1/2" piece that follows it.)

Fold up again, in half, long and narrow.

Fold along all score lines.

Start at the shorter end by pushing in toward the remaining folded paper.
Continue pushing in and folding.

Note the 1/2" segments at the ends.
One is in the center of the book,
one is at the front and one is at the back.

Apply glue to one side of the 1/2" segment in the center.
Press together.

Apply glue to one 1/2" segment at the spine.

Press the front and back segments together.
Or put glue on both and wrap them around the spine of the book.

Alternatively, you could glue these segments to 
separate wrapped boards or to a case. 
Add end papers after attaching the segments to any hard cover.

And there it is, a slight variation on the Fishbone Fold.