14 Mysteries: The open edition

February 26th, 2009

14mysteries-tied.jpg14mysteries-open09.jpg About a year ago I finished a leather bound limited edition version of this key-size book, with an elegant slipcase and an actual key embedded underneath the leather cover. It is a compelling little book and whenever I show it, it arouses people’s natural curiosity. Since only two copies of the original five are still available for collectors, I have just made a more modest version of this book, for those of you just starting out your book collections. Here’s the message that the text conveys:
These keys were found in a cluster when we moved here in 1984. Their purposes have long been forgotten. After twenty two years they hang on a hook in the basement. No one has the heart to just throw them away. One never knows when their role in our house will be revealed. Email for price and availability.

Paper Birds: A Book Inspired by Audubon

February 26th, 2009

paper-birds1.jpgAfter reading a book about James Audubon’s journey to Newfoundland and Labrador, I became inspired to make my own book of birds. The backgrounds are etchings that I created many years ago combined in collages with digital prints of birds I have photographed (ok, some were stuffed birds, I admit it.) You can see all the birds here:http://web.mac.com/nettles3/Recent_Artists_Books/Paper_Birds_2009.html

Codex Book Fair: Berkeley February 2009

February 14th, 2009

codex3.jpgI was one of 140 exhibitors at the Codex Book Symposium and Fair held this week in Berkeley. In the three days, I showed my work to streams of visitors and saw some magnificent work. Here’s their blog:http://codexfoundation.wordpress.com/

New Book at LULU: Return Trips

February 2nd, 2009

ret-trips-lulu1.jpgrt-trips-lulu-dove.jpgI have published my fourth book, Return Trips. It is available pay-on-demand at LULU here:http://www.lulu.com/content/5926784 The images are composites of landscapes and portraits that I have taken over the past ten years on my travels to Italy, Morocco, Spain, Hawaii and throughout the South: Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. The images investigate memory and capture a sense of place. These photographs have been shown across the USA from Portland to Philadelphia. There is a full selection of them here on my website under the heading Return Trips (or click:http://www.beanettles.com/works/returntrips/)
The book includes some text with my travel observations, and three poems by my mother Grace Nettles. It is 8.5″ x 11″ and has 88 pages. Available for $29.35.

Meeting Bruce Springsteen: Video Interview

January 22nd, 2009

bruce1.jpgYou can watch a recently posted Youtube video interview in which I describe my meeting with Bruce Springsteen last July at Giant’s Stadium. Because my artwork is the disc icon on his release Magic, I was able to obtain backstage passes. Thanks to Checkey Beckworth for this excellent video.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfWwdbU4Acc

Memory Theatres: The Photographic Book Work of Bea Nettles, Lecture for Seattle Book Arts Guild, Feb 5

January 17th, 2009

Free and Open to the Public. February 5, University of Washington’s Suzzallo Library, Basement Room B69. Doors open at 6:45. Lecture begins around 7:15.
I will give an overview of my work with the book form, beginning with my earliest mixed media books of the 70′s, my offset photographic narratives, and ending with my most recent limited edition artists’ books. As my work is autobiographical, I have explored my roles as daughter, wife and mother as well as my memories and relationships to particular landscapes.

College Book Arts Association Conference in Iowa City

January 13th, 2009

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Despite the winter weather, over 250 enthusiastic book artists, teachers, librarians, and collectors gathered in Iowa City for the first conference of the College Book Arts Association, a newly founded group devoted to this growing field. Here everyone attended lectures, panels, exhibit openings and the final banquet with its silent auction. Most importantly, friendships were renewed and created. Pictured at the banquet are Steve Miller and John Risseuw, two of the founding members.

Southern Roots: A New Book for 2009

January 2nd, 2009

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My first book of 2009 is another botanical. This time it is based on my Florida childhood, full of lotus flowers, winkiepins, and other exotic green growth. To see all the pages in the book, visit here:http://web.me.com/nettles3/Recent_Artists_Books/Southern_Roots,_2009.html

A Midsummer Botanical offers escape from winter weather.

December 26th, 2008

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With all the ice and snow outside, I decided to escape by creating an imaginary voyage to collect flowering plants! This book features several unusual plants I have photographed on trips to Iceland, Florida and the Carolinas. To find out more about this book, visit these pages that feature my recent artists’ books:http://web.mac.com/nettles3/Recent_Artists_Books/A_Midsummer_Botanical,_2008.html

Maternal Legends: Exhibit at 23 Sandy in Portland

December 22nd, 2008

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Three of my books are currently being shown in Portland, Oregon in this exhibition. There is a complete online catalog featuring the works of all the artists. You can view the description of my work here:http://www.23sandy.com/MaternalLegends/Nettles.html Copies of Aging Gracefully have been recently purchased by the University Libraries of Washington and Michigan. Copies of The Passage of the Ruby Ring are at the Universities of Washington and Vermont, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Editions of five copies were made for each of these books.

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