Box Making Workshop coming up April 12 for Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies

March 6th, 2008

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Box with Bone Clasp

Dates: Saturday, April 12, 2008 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Facilities & Services Printing Department 54 E Gregory Street
Cost: $109 includes fee for materials ($99 for GSLIS students, staff, alumni, and previous Book Arts workshop attendees)

Come and learn how to put together a box. The basics of measuring and constructing a box will be taught, as will covering one inside and out. Students will learn how to attach ribbon ties and make a loop for a small bone clasp. Properties of paper, bookcloth, adhesives will be introduced. No prior experience needed.
To register for this workshop, go to the GSLIS website:
http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/cpd/workshops08.html

14 Mysteries: New artists’ book completed

March 3rd, 2008

14mysteriesopen.jpg14mysteries.jpg14 Mysteries is an accordion book that features the keys that were found years ago in our home when we moved to Illinois. An actual key is embedded under the leather cover of the book which is tucked into a slipcase. Five books were created 3.75 x 2 x .75″. The book extended is 17″ long and was made in a limited edition of five copies that sell for $250. Contact by email for availability.
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.

GSLIS Workshop on Italian Pamphlet completed

February 25th, 2008

gslispamphlet1.jpgA dozen binder’s attended the Italian Pamphlet workshop, each creating a richly colored book. Outside it was below freezing, but inside we thought about Italy.

Audrey Niffenegger, Author and Artist, visits my printmaking class

February 8th, 2008

audrey21.jpgFrom February 6 to 7th, Audrey Niffenegger was a visitor to the University of Illinois campus. She is author of The Time Traveller’s Wife and an accomplished printmaker and book artist. She was a visiting artist in the printmaking class the I am teaching this semester. My students helped her print a broadside on our two letterpresses.

Workshop offered on February 16: The Italian Pamphlet

February 2nd, 2008

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Italian Pamphlet: Mitered hard cover,soft-spined booklet
Dates: Saturday, February 16, 2008  Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $109 includes fee for materials ($99 for GSLIS students, staff, alumni, and previous Book Arts workshop attendees)
This handsome structure combines several skills for new and intermediate binders. Covers are clothbound with ornamental indentations. A simple pamphlet is stitched onto a spine liner which is attached to the book by means of a soft contrasting cloth covered spine.

http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/cpd/workshops08.html

The Three of Swords (Heart and Sword Artwork): A New Video by Bonnie Fortune on U-Tube

December 20th, 2007

You can now view a history of the Three of Swords, from its creation for the Mountain Dream Tarot to its recent inclusion as the disc icon on Bruce Springsteen’s Magic. Thanks to Bonnie Fortune who made the video and posted it on U-Tube.

Listen to radio interview with Bea Nettles on WILL AM580, with Bea Nettles

December 14th, 2007

Check out this short interview about the Mountain Dream Tarot on Friday December 14th’s Afternoon Magazine on AM580.
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Breaking the Rules is out of print: Final five mint copies available

December 10th, 2007

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There are five copies left of Breaking the Rules: A Photo Media Cookbook. This independently published textbook has been in print continuously since the middle seventies and has sold over 35,000 copies. It gained a loyal following among students and educators because it offered easy to follow instructions for alternative processes like cyanotype, Van Dyke brown and gum-bichromate printing. You can still find used copies online, but if you contact us, we can ship a mint copy to you for $35 plus $5 shipping.

Interview Posted: The Penland Beginnings of the Mountain Dream Tarot

December 1st, 2007

You can now watch a short video interview in which I discuss the beginnings of the Mountain Dream Tarot project. It was started in 1970 at Penland School in North Carolina. The video was created by Bonnie Fortune, a graduate student at the University of Illinois. I sing the vocals in the background.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEaOLm5_KKA

Mountain Dream Tarot: Original swords press sheet includes the Heart & Sword

November 30th, 2007

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Recently I discovered that I still have a few of the original press sheets of the sword images from the 1975 edition of Mountain Dream Tarot. It is the Three of Swords in the top left corner of the sheet that was selected as the disc icon for Magic by Bruce Springsteen. If you want one for your collection, email bea@beanettles.com for availability. They will sell for $25 plus $5 shipping and handling.

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