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.

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

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

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:,_2009.html

A Midsummer Botanical offers escape from winter weather.

December 26th, 2008

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:,_2008.html

Maternal Legends: Exhibit at 23 Sandy in Portland

December 22nd, 2008

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: 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.

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. You can see sample pages at LULU or here on my website under External Links: Pay on Demand Books

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: 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:

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