20th Anniversary Edition of Corners: Grace & Bea Nettles

December 19th, 2008

You can purchase the new hand-colored edition of Corners from LULU. This 7.5″ square book of 75 poems by Grace Nettles, was originally printed in the 70′s as part of a mother/daughter collaboration. Included are memorable images of heartbreak,forgiveness, love and loss. Divided into four chapters based on the seasons and major milestones of life.
Go to LULU to place an order:

The Three Moon Sisters by Grace Nettles

The full moon has gone mad
And slid
Down to the windy places where the dog-howls go to die.

Then for a spell
Rules Hecate the dark.

With what relief
And always some surprise
We see you reappear
Amber sliver
Mona Lisa of the western skies.

I’ve Published a Bookbinding Textbook, Cooking the Books: A Concise Guide to Bookbinding

December 5th, 2008

cookingthebooks.jpgMy students usually tell me that they have kept my bookbinding handouts, because they find them clear and concise. I have now compiled them, added more illustrations, and placed them in logical order in a new textbook. The book is spiral bound and inexpensive enough that you can take it into your studio and write your own notes and comments in it. It is meant to be a real workbook. It is available on demand from LULU for $15 plus shipping & handling. Go directly to their site, order one, and they will send it to you. http://www.lulu.com/content/4988946 You can see sample pages at LULU or here on my website under External Links: Pay on Demand Books http://web.me.com/nettles3/Pay_on_Demand_Books/Plontu_Handbokin%3A_An_Artists_Guide_to_the_Wildflowers_of_Iceland.html

Original Photographic Tarot goes to the Cary Collection, Beinecke Library, Yale University

December 2nd, 2008

From 1970-75 I created what is believed to be the first complete photographic tarot card deck in the history of the cards. The original deck consisted of hand-colored photographic prints on fiber paper machine-stitched between 2 layers of frosted mylar. The cards are 4×5″ and encased in a velvet lined canvas folio. The Cary Card Collection is one of the world’s largest. It is located in the Beinecke Library at Yale University. The deck has gone through several transformations over the years. The first offset edition was published in the mid-70′s and has long been out of print. (There are four copies left. Email for current price and availablity) You can purchase a second edition deck directly from the store at this website…own a little bit of history!
You can view two Youtube videos:
How my Tarot card was used by Bruce Springsteen as disc icon for Magic:
The beginning of my Mt Dream Tarot:

Plontu Handbokin: An Artist’s Guide to the Wildflowers of Iceland, just published

November 25th, 2008

You can order a copy of my latest book online from LULU. Enter my name in their search field or go to this link:http://www.lulu.com/content/4764977 This book was begun while I was in Iceland one spring. Included are detailed pictures of forty plants and the landscapes that surrounded them. The names of the plants are shown in Icelandic (the real challenging part), Latin and English. It sells for $29.95 plus shipping. You can see sample images at LULU or here on my website at: http://web.me.com/nettles3/Pay_on_Demand_Books/Plontu_Handbokin%3A_An_Artists_Guide_to_the_Wildflowers_of_Iceland.html

National Museum of Women in the Arts purchases two recent books

November 25th, 2008

foss-box2.jpgruby_open2.jpgFoss: The Legendary Waterfalls of Iceland and The Passage of the Ruby Ring have been purchased by the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The books will be used to demonstrate important principles to students through a program sponsored by their Education Department.

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:

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

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.

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