Sewing Basics Workshop: October 4,2008

September 13th, 2008

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:

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:
These are examples of books done by participants the last time I taught the class:

Backstage with Bruce Springsteen

July 30th, 2008

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.

Hugin and Munin (Mind and Memory): A small edition of a book made in Iceland

June 20th, 2008

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:

60 Old Trees completed in two limited editions

June 20th, 2008

I have just completed four copies of 60 Old Trees in a deluxe edition. The prints of the sixty trees were made on Cranes duo paper printed on an Epson printer. These books are bound in gold book cloth with leather spines and housed in slipcases. There are also four copies of a medium scale edition of this book, bound in wheat colored cloth and slipped into a case with copper colored edges. This book, also printed on an Epson printer, is slightly smaller (measuring 8″ x 7.75″)These images of aging trees were made over the years in many countries. I assembled them into a set in celebration of my sixtieth birthday. To see all the images in the book go here:,_2006.html

The Paper and Book Intensive at Arrowmont was outstanding.

June 3rd, 2008

I have just returned from Gatlinburg, Tennessee where the most recent Paper and Book Intensive was held at Arrowmont School. It was an excellent facility and the classes the I took were, as always, outstanding. I enrolled in paper marbling with Nancy Morains, folded structures with Hedi Kyle, and made an Armenian style bound book under the direction of Shanna Leino.

New Youtube video about the book Flamingo in the Dark

May 11th, 2008

Go to Youtube to view another great video interview made by Bonnie Fortune. In this one I discuss the creation of the image Rachel and the Bananaquit and its subsequent placement in the book Flamingo in the Dark. The process of Kwik Printing is briefly explained along with the motivation and organization of this book from the late seventies. The video ends with a short clip of me playing the banjo and singing.

The book is available for $35 using Paypal at the store on this website:

I’ve Retired after 38 Years of Teaching

May 11th, 2008

I just celebrated my retirement with many of my former students in Chicago last weekend. I began teaching in 1970 in Rochester, NY and just finished my career at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. I plan to continue to teach and attend workshops, give lectures, and of course make new art work in my studio.

The Passage of the Ruby Ring, a new accordion book.

April 15th, 2008


Recently I completed the book The Passage of the Ruby Ring. It is the story of five generations of women on my maternal line and the ruby ring that has been passed down from mother to daughter. The book is printed in color on the front and marbled on the back. It is housed in a slipcase with golden edges. It is 5.5 x 8.25 inches and 55 inches when expanded to reveal the whole story. Made in an edition of five copies, it sells for $400.

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