Stoneciphers: A Book of Seasons just released!

September 12th, 2011

All summer long I have been photographing gravestones in my county that are verbs, nouns and adjectives. I have written 4 poems based on the seasons with these words and the first version of this book is ready. It is a four page accordion slipped into a paper case. One one side are the seasons of spring and summer, and the opposite have fall and winter. It is available at my store here:
There is more detail about the poems here:

George Eastman House Benefit Auction: Gavin with the World

September 3rd, 2011

One of my Polaroids from Life’s Lessons: A Mother’s Journal (Gavin with the World) is in the upcoming benefit auction for the George Eastman House located in Rochester, NY. Bidding online is at
The live auction will be at the Metropolitan Pavilion 123 west 18th St, NYC on October 3 and 7 PM.

Upcoming Lecture at SCAD, Atlanta September 28

August 26th, 2011

On Wednesday night at 8PM, I will be giving a public lecture on my work focusing on my photographic book projects. It will be at Savannah College of Art’s location in ATLANTA. Digital Media Center Theater at 1611 W Peachtree St. I will also be visiting two classes that deal with photography and book making.


Ladies of Letterpress Conference, Asheville

August 23rd, 2011

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I attended the first Ladies of Letterpress Conference held in Asheville, North Carolina August 5-7. I spoke on two panels: Day One “Teaching Letterpress” and Final Day Wrap-up Megapanel “The Future of Letterpess.” It was an eager and enthusiastic crowd of over a hundred folks, full of young people (and despite the name, lots of guys as well.) You can join this group by going to their webpage here: At their site you can read about the activities and see more photographs of the panels, exhibitors, speakers and demonstrations.

Lecture Wednesday August 10th at the Lilian E Smith Foundation, Clayton, Georgia.

August 8th, 2011

I will be giving a lecture on my work during a short residency at the Lilian Smith Foundation in Clayton, Georgia.
Joins us at 496 Hershey Lane, The Common Room at 4 pm Wednesday August 10th for the talk and refreshments.

Two New Alphabet Books Available

July 31st, 2011

I have recently completed two hand bound editions. They can be ordered using Paypal at my store. The first is An Oxbow ABC. It was shot in the woods during a Paper and Book Intensive Conference held at Oxbow in Saugatuck, Michigan. There are leather bound and cloth bound versions. You can view more images and find dimensions and prices here:


The second project is Summer Woodland ABC, shot around my home in Illinois. View more detail here:>/a>

Polaroid Collection in Vienna

July 9th, 2011

A large selection of my 20×24 Polaroids from Life’s Lessons: A Mother’s Journal has been acquired by the WestLicht Photography Museum in Vienna, as they have purchased the entire Polaroid International Collection. This book just came out in conjunction with the exhibition of selected works.
To see more of the work, visit this page. The book is available from my online store.,1990.html

ABC from Oxbow

June 12th, 2011

I am currently working on an alphabet book the I made while I was in Saugatuck, Michigan at Oxbow. This is it in its broadside form. It will be an accordion book.

Home from the Paper and Book Intensive, Oxbow 2011

May 31st, 2011

I took three great workshops at PBI this year at Oxbow, which is in Saugatuck, Michigan. For 2 weeks colleagues teach each other in an “art camp” environment.

The Book Doctor class with Ann Frellsen
The Book Doctor class with Ann Frellsen

Tunnel books with Andrea Deszo
Tunnel books with Andrea Deszo.

Popup Books with Carol Barton.
Popup books with Carol Barton

Registration now open for my U of I summer course: Book Arts Seminar

April 4th, 2011

July 18 – 22 (All day)
LIS 490BA Book Arts (Bea Nettles)

Advanced study of the history, literature, aesthetics, and criticism of the Book Arts. This course will offer advanced study of the role of artists’ books in contemporary art. It will offer students a new perspective on this diverse medium, incorporating the history of book production and its impact on societies and the cultural dissemination of information. Through readings and field trips, students will develop a critical awareness of the book as an art form.
Credit: 3 UG or 4 GR hours

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