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

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.

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

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.

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

November 30th, 2007

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 for availability. They will sell for $25 plus $5 shipping and handling.

Heart & Sword artwork on Springsteen Merchandise

November 4th, 2007


The Heart & Sword artwork found on Magic, Bruce Springsteen’s latest release, is now being used for a variety of items that can be purchased at the Bruce Springsteen Store.″

You can read about the history of the image and how it came to be used this way at

Mountain Dream Tarot image on Springsteen’s latest release, Magic

October 3rd, 2007

The Three of Swords is the disc icon on Bruce Springsteen’s new release, Magic. It is one of the original photographic tarot cards from the deck that I created during the years 1970-75. The deck was printed in a second edition in 2001 and can be ordered on this website.

More information about my tarot projects can be found here.

For the serious collector, learn about the original hand colored and machine sewn deck.

Bat for Lashes visits Chicago and Natasha gets a new headband

October 2nd, 2007

Some months ago, Doingbird magazine ran features on my Mountain Dream Tarot deck and on Bats for Lashes’ lead singer and writer Natasha Khan. Since then, we have corresponded. Recently her USA tour took her through Chicago and I was able to give her a vintage beaded headband in my possession since the late sixties. Her music is fabulous. Her Fur and Gold album was nominated for the prestigious British Mercury Prize. Check out my favorite video of hers:

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