Lecture and the University of South Carolina: South East Association for Book Arts

May 5th, 2009

seba.jpgI will be giving a lecture on Monday May 11 at “Intimate Curiosities,” a regional conference to be held in Columbia, South Carolina. I was the judge for the book arts exhibition being held there this month. You can find out more about this conference here:http://www.southeastbookarts.org/

My Workshop in Alaska: April 2009

April 23rd, 2009

alaskaworkshop.jpgI spent two days on the University of Alaska’s campus teaching students and community members how to bind three styles of books. We had a great time! Outside the snow was melting, the sun eventually came out, and there was even a moose sighted in the parking lot.

Lecture and Book Signing at University of Puget Sound: April 21

April 2nd, 2009

If you live in the Seattle area, I hope you will consider attending my lecture sponsored by the University of Puget Sound Library. 6-7:30PM (Library Room 118) http://www.ups.edu/x32977.xml

One last book while waiting for spring: Green

March 27th, 2009

I have finished one last book, filled with images of green.

Want to study bookbinding with me in Sante Fe this summer?

March 20th, 2009

I will be teaching a 5 day/5 structure class at Making Art Safely in Santa Fe this summer from August 3-7 for beginning and intermediate book binders. This organization primarily offers non-toxic printmaking classes, but they have added a few book arts classes this year. You can find out more at their website. Please spread the word and help fill the class!http://www.makingartsafely.com/MakingArtSafely/MakingArtSafely.html

Memory Theatres:Photographs and Books opens at University of Alaska March 18

March 17th, 2009

theatre1.jpgA large exhibition of images from Return Trips (http://www.beanettles.com/works/returntrips/) and three cases of my artists’ books will be shown at the Kimura Art gallery on the Anchorage campus from March 18-April 17. I will be there for the opening on April 13 followed by my lecture at 7:30 in room 150 Fine Arts Building.

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.

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