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

June 20th, 2008

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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:

http://web.mac.com/nettles3/Icelandic_Residency%3A_Books/Mind_%26_Memory.html

60 Old Trees completed in two limited editions

June 20th, 2008

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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:http://web.mac.com/nettles3/Recent_Artists_Books/60_Old_Trees,_2006.html

The Paper and Book Intensive at Arrowmont was outstanding.

June 3rd, 2008

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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

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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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qH-EupmrFz0

The book is available for $35 using Paypal at the store on this website:
http://www.beanettles.com/store

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

April 15th, 2008

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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.

Audrey Niffenegger Portfolio is finished by Soybean Press

April 13th, 2008

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Audrey Niffenegger visited my printmaking class earlier this semester and printed a letterpress broadside with an image and short story. A portfolio to enclose it was recently finished by my printmaking students and the Soybean Press, a collective letterpress group at the University of Illinois. The folio was cut on a laser cutter, then manually folded and assembled by a group of volunteers. Thanks to Jason Pietrucha, pictured in the hat, for designing the folio complete with its special foot closure.

Variant Hues: Art, Design and Teaching with Artists’ Books at SCAD Atlanta

April 6th, 2008

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The weekend of April 3-5, 2008 I attending an outstanding conference on the importance of artists’ books in special collections libraries for students of the arts. Presentations were made by Johanna Drucker, Carol Barton and Jo Anne Paschall, as well as several teachers on the SCAD Atlanta campus. A student show of 99 entries was on view. In addition there were two hands-on workshops. Participants screen printed covers and bound exposed spine sewn blank books one afternoon and made pop-up prototypes the next. The conference organizers, Deborah Prosser and Mary Murphy of the SCAD Atlanta library, hope to make this an annual event which will undoubtedly attract a loyal following.Their artists’ book collection is a fabulous resource and well worth a visit!

Leather bound book of Rachel’s Holidays completed

March 30th, 2008

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In 1984 I completed a portfolio of 15 dye transfer prints that chronicled by daughter’s activities from Halloween through Christmas: Rachel’s Holidays.
The entire suite of images can be seen in this section of my website:
http://web.mac.com/nettles3/Eighties_Photography/Rachels_Holidays%3A_84.html
These images now appear in a new book, bound in red leather using an exposed spine sewing. Three copies of this 7.5″book were created, using an Epson printer on cotton rag paper. Available for $750 per copy. A selection of the original dye transfer prints are also available. Contact me by email for further information.

Secrets & Lies Exhibition at 23 Sandy, Portland: 3 books on show

March 12th, 2008

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Three of my books will be on display in Portland, Oregon at the 23 Sandy Gallery. They have created a comprehensive website including all the books in the show. You can find it by going to their site or by following this link:
http://http://www.23sandy.com/SecretsLies/IntroPage.html

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