Indra’s Net: New book with poem by Grace Nettles

March 10th, 2008

This new scroll has just been completed in an edition of nine. The tubular boxes were crafted with hand marbled silk and silver tyvek coverings. When the lid is lifted, you will ring a small silver bell. The poem is printed on a spider-web background. The back of the scroll has been marbled using the sumigashi technique.
The poem, Indra’s Net, was written by Grace Nettles and appears in the book Corners, which can be ordered from this website. Only a few copies of Corners remain. Contact us by email for ordering details for this new signed and numbered book, priced at $350.

Indra’s Net
She told me that she never dreamed of him.

Walking straight-backed and proud
Keeping her promises
She never met him in that strange domain.

But dreams are mean
And can outwit the strongest will.

One night she found herself she said
Caught in an Indra’s net of shining strands
And at each crossing-place a memory was fastened
Etched on a little silver bell.

So delicate and strong this net
Even her breathing would disturb the nearest bell
And it would ring them all
Thrilling the impulse out along the shimmering cord.

And since that night she said
She knew the reason why
Roused by the tinsel calling of the birds
Her waking thought would always be of him.

©Grace Nettles, Corners, 1988.

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

March 6th, 2008


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:

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

Italian Pamphlet: Mitered hard cover,soft-spined booklet
Dates: Saturday, February 16, 2008  Time: 9:00 a.m. Р4:00 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.

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