University of Washington: Artemis Exhibition 11-2013

November 7th, 2013

I’ve just returned from the University of Washington’s Allen Library in Seattle. They have a fascinating exhibition of artists’ books from their collection there called Under the Wings of Artemis: The Crossroads of Scholarship and Art (October 14, 2013-February 21, 2014) Two of my books are on view there: Stonecipher: A Book of Seasons, and Persephone’s Descent & Return

Original photographs added to the Beinecke Collection

November 1st, 2013

The Beinecke Library at Yale University has just acquired the 78 original photographic prints from which the offset 1st edition of Mountain Dream Tarot was created. These were made in 1975 years before Photoshop, using a variety of darkroom techniques.Yale already owns the unique hand colored and machine stitched deck made a few years earlier. These particular photographs were reprinted for halftone reproduction and display certain revisions I made.
You can find out more about this project from the 70s here:

Cropwork Orange, a new collaborative book, released.

September 26th, 2013
By: Denise Bookwalter, Robert Fichter and Bea Nettles Edition: 50

“Cropwork Orange is a collaboration between three artist/educators with roots in Florida. Robert was Bea’s teacher and Bea was Denise’s teacher. The project combines memory and transfer of information with its modular pieces that come together to make individual oranges out of the memories and thoughts of the three artists.
4.25 x 4 x 2 in (in box) All three sets of ‘oranges’ are housed in laser cut envelopes that slip into a custom-made laser cut wooden box. Box lid is covered with book cloth and printed label. Text and image were letterpress printed on Rives BFK.”

Tallahassee, Florida: Small Craft Advisory Press, 2012

Sold out: Deluxe Edition of PLACE

September 9th, 2013

I am very pleased to report that all six copies of Place are now in Special Collections. The edition is sold out. You can view a copy at Yale’s Art Library, University of Oregon in Portland, University of Washington in Seattle, University of Central Florida In Orlando, Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, and the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Lecture at Yale University: September 23, 2013

September 6th, 2013

Time and Place: Images by Bea Nettles

The libraries at Yale are home to several of my major books. The Beinecke Cary Card Collection owns the original unique versions of Mountain Dream Tarot and 28 Days, and the Art Library has a deluxe version of Place. This lecture will highlight Yale’s holdings and focus on several other books of mine that address photography’s ability to capture a sense of place and the passage of time.
The lecture will be held at 2PM in the Sterling Memorial Library. Visit their calendar for more information and directions:
To find out more about the Mountain Dream Tarot, there are several videos on Youtube:

Lecture at Tyler School of Art: September 18, 2013

September 6th, 2013

Time and Place: Images by Bea Nettles
From 1972-4, I taught at Tyler School of Art. I am looking forward to seeing their new campus and delivering a lecture at 11 AM in the Lighting Studio sponsored by the Photography Program. I will address photography’s unique abilities to reveal the passage of time and a sense of place by sharing several book projects that deal with these themes including Turning 50, Seasonal Turns, Stonecipher, Return Trips, and Place. A limited amount of these books will be on hand at the book signing following the talk.

You can get a preview of these books by visiting these links:
Turning 50,_1995.html
Seasonal Turns,_1998.html
Return Trips

Lecture at Corcoran College of Art: Monday September 16

September 6th, 2013

Please join me for Time and Place: Images by Bea Nettles at the Corcoran College of Art in classroom 14B. The lecture will be from 12:30-1:30. The focus of the lecture will be my use of photography’s unique abilities to reveal the passage of time and a sense of place by sharing several book projects that deal with these themes including Turning 50, Seasonal Turns, Stonecipher, Return Trips, and Place. A limited amount of these books will be on hand at the book signing following the talk.

Directions to the School:

Lecture at University of the Arts in Philadelphia: September 19th

August 31st, 2013

Memory Theatres: The Photographic Books of Bea Nettles
Lecture by Bea Nettles, who will trace her ongoing involvement with photographic books beginning with her unique and early offset techniques of the 70s and her independently published offset work in the following decades, followed by early “desktop” publishing. Production and distribution will be outlined as she shares the autobiographical content of these books. She is known for her work with women’s lives, memory and her strong attachment to particular landscapes utilizing mixed media and experimental photographic processes that are still used in her hand-made artists’ books. Always curious, she also incorporates the use of her cell phone camera and print on demand resources

Two images in 500 Handmade Books Vol II

August 29th, 2013

The long awaited second volume of 500 Handmade Books, edited by Julie Chen, is now available. I am pleased to find two of my books pictured among those of many of my friends and colleagues. You can find out more about the Lark Press book here:
My one of a kind collage accordion book Basso Loco is in the Dante Collection at Notre Dame. There are two copies left out of the edition of six copies of 80 Little Lambs.
This parchment bound booklet pictures eighty Victorian lamb grave markers. They progress from well defined, to illegible…an observation about the effects of memory and time

Forbidden Fruit to be shown at University of Washington

August 22nd, 2013

The exhibition, whose preliminary title is “Under the Wings of Artemis: Scholars, Artists and the Places Between,” explores modern book arts and the relationship of the subjects discussed in the academic works of the University of Washington Classics faculty
My book, “Forbidden Fruit,” was selected from hundreds of books to be highlighted in the companion book at the exhibition.There are approximately sixty-five artists represented in this exhibit book. The book will be print on demand, large landscape format, will consist of approximately forty-five pages. I will post details on the blog when the book is available.

This unique pop-up book was made during a Paper and Book Intensive in Andrea Dezso’s workshop. I had limited access to materials, so I chose to work with collage and cut out the small bits of text from pages of an old book. I had some scans from Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and the woman I used as Persephone came from that painting. I have always been interested in comparative mythology and especially enjoy the explanation of the seasons given by Persephone’s story. The passage of time, and particularly the four seasons has been a theme in my work before (Seasonal Turns, Stonecipher). I am also drawn to the story of Eve and she has appeared in my work several times (in my book Complexities, for example)
The style of the book lent itself to a very short narrative. I happened to have digital prints that included an apple and a pomegranate. Upon designing the book, It struck me that both women, Eve and Persephone, got into major trouble because of their appetite for fruit..thus the title Forbidden Fruit and the text in the book ” Song of Sin” alluding to Eve, and “Bitter Sweet Regeneration” for Persephone.

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