Pyramid Atlantic 2008 Book Arts Fair

November 11th, 2008

pyramid081.jpgI’ve just returned from a weekend in Silver Springs, Maryland where I had a table at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair. This year it was held on the campus of Montgomery College and had a steady flow of onlookers. The leaves were changing and change was in the air as Washington was filled with enthusiastic conversations about the election results.

Check out these links to learn more about the Fair:
http://bookartsfair.blogspot.com/
http://www.bookartsfair.org/about.html

Graduate Photography Critique at Savannah College of Art

October 30th, 2008

scadcrit1.jpgI have just returned from my visit to Savannah College of Art (SCAD) where I spent an afternoon with some of the graduate students in photography, looking at their work and enjoying their stories.

Memory Theaters: Lecture at Savannah College of Art, October 23

October 10th, 2008

bonaventure_.jpgOn Thursday night October 23, I will be giving a public lecture called Memory Theaters: The Photographs and Books of Bea Nettles in Savannah at SCAD. This will be at 7:30PM at the Student Center, 120 Montgomery Street, 2nd floor. After the talk there will be a book signing.

Lazy Goody Land inspired by childrens’ poem.

October 9th, 2008

lazy3.jpgRecently I completed a new book of collages inspired by the poem Lazy Goody Land, which tells of a land where everything is edible. In this book I used etchings previously made in the 80′s as the basis for the narrative. Three copies of the book were made, one recently purchased by a noted childrens’ book collector.All of the images in the book can be seen here:http://web.mac.com/nettles3/Recent_Artists_Books/Lazy_Goody_Land,_2008.html

Celebrate the arrival of my PAMBook

September 21st, 2008

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Just arrived from Australia, a PAMBook containing images from the original Mountain Dream Tarot. Perks and Mini (PAM) have produced a series of highly collectible books featuring photographers from around the world. More of their books can be seen at their website: http://www.pambook.com/new.html

In celebration of this long awaited publication, we are offering a combination package of Tarot publications including the Mountain Dream Tarot (2001)deck, Knights of Assisi: A Journey Through the Tarot, and a bonus copy of the PAM book of Mountain Dream Tarot. Go to my store and order the deck and a copy of Knights and you will be sent all three items. I have a very limited quantity of this book. Once they are gone, you can order the book directly from PAM at their website.

Sewing Basics Workshop: October 4,2008

September 13th, 2008

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Now is the time to register for the next GSLIS Workshop: Sewing Basics. On Saturday October 4, I will teach three ways of sewing and participants will create three great books: a Punch Bound book, a Dos-a-Dos using the pamphlet stitch, and an exposed spine sewing using Multiple Needles. An interesting selection of papers and thread colors will be provided. This is an excellent class for beginners. Continuing students can make their books more complex with the addition of labels and other options.

Early registration is highly recommended:
http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/mbms/workshopsu08.html

Books now located in University of Washington’s Special Collections Library

August 21st, 2008

This month in Seattle, several of my artists’ books were acquired by the University of Washington for their extensive artists’ book collection. They now have a good selection of my limited edition books. Recently added were: The Imaginary Blowtorch, The Elsewhere Bird, The Nymph of the Highlands, Of Loss and Love, Swamp Lady Card Deck, (all from the 70′s) and recent books: Victor Nettles Memorial, Family Resemblances, The Passage of the Ruby Ring, and 14 Mysteries.
The Imaginary BlowtorchThe Elsewhere Bird
The Nymph of the HighlandsOf Loss and LoveSwamp Lady Card DeckVictor Nettles MemorialFamily ResemblancesPassage of the Ruby Ring14 Mysteries

Leather Binding Workshop rescheduled for September 6-7

August 20th, 2008

Save the date and come and join us at another Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies workshop: make a leather bound book sewn on exposed straps. Learn a variety of decorative techniques and the essentials of working with leather including using a Sharfix to pare the edges. This is an intermediate class, but if you have some manual dexterity, you will be able to make this book. Repeat leather binding students will find new challenges.
To register and find out more about this class and others, go to the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences (GSLIS) website at:
http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/cpd/workshops08.html
These are examples of books done by participants the last time I taught the class:
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Backstage with Bruce Springsteen

July 30th, 2008

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Because my “Three of Swords” is the disc icon on Bruce Springsteen’s Magic, I was invited to meet him backstage at Giant’s Stadium on Sunday July 27. He told me he had seen the icon as a tattoo on one of his young fan’s arm in Germany during his world tour. We laughed about how strange it felt for him to find his face tattooed on people’s bodies.Shortly after I left, he went onstage and gave another wonderful performance. His last one will be this Thursday. The Three of Swords is now on t-shirts, hoodies, shot glasses, bandanas, and messenger bags…all available at his online store or at any of his concert venues.
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Hugin and Munin (Mind and Memory): A small edition of a book made in Iceland

June 20th, 2008

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While in Iceland last summer, I made a collage book entitled Mind and Memory inspired by the story of Odin’s two ravens named Hugin and Munin..mind and memory. These birds sit on his shoulders and fly out daily to return with news of the world.The original CIA.
I have made a small edition of three more of this book, using Epson prints and exotic papers. The books are chunky pages bound together with strips of fish leather, a product produced in Iceland.
You can see all of the images in the book if you go here:

http://web.mac.com/nettles3/Icelandic_Residency%3A_Books/Mind_%26_Memory.html

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