Monday, December 6, 2010

Kim's final contribution to Deb's Book

I have finally finished my contribution to Debs book for this collaboration and it has been nice to branch back out into the metals again!

The piece centres around a late 1800's love story provided by Deb.
Enter her heroin, Maude, who after years in a loveless marriage has thrown off the shakles and finally taken up with her true love, Damien. The two have been off sailing the globe on the holiday to end all holidays but you know the story can't end there!

Ah yes the idyllic blissfulness of new love must finally be put aside as life has intruded (as it inevitably always does) on our lovers.

When we last left them (curtesy of Alicia's contribution and diary records for the pair) our two starry eyed lovebirds were enjoying the sights and sounds of Egypt.
(Half their luck! Do they need a baggage handler, I am available, LOL!)

Enter life, sigh!

Fear not intrepid followers, all is good, no really it is!

I'm not going to ruin Maude's hard fought for happinesss now am I? Naaa!

I thought it might be fun to find out a bit about our Damien though, after all the man had some sort of life before Maude's entry...

and so...

(Yes I know you saw this pic before but this is a wrap up folks! Stay with me here).

Okay, now young Damien has a job... of sorts, he's an up and coming anthropologist with an interest in cartography and archeology...

so there! All in all a rather exciting career in up and coming sciences for the times!

I decided that we needed to hear what Damien had to stay at this point of his life so the piece focusses on his viewpoint.

Damien has been offered a position in South America (as you probably guessed from the previous post!), and so the two lovers are off on a romantic sea voyage to Yucatan.

Now here is one side of the piece for Debs book. Its a brass book structure attached to what will be the page of the book. The pages are quite a heavy duty construction not paper as of course they wouldn't hold up to this sort of abuse.

There are hidden pockets... I love creating things in unexpected places!

On the reverse side of the page...

Damiens journal which picks up the story threads and relates his side of the tale.
Each item on or in the journal is discussed in the journal and relative to Damien's tale.

There are secret niches here too!

If you want to know more you will have to pop over to my blog to see the rest, ha!
(Just click on the highlighted writing it will whisk you right over!)

Gotta leave ya hanging folks, LOL!

So now it will be posted away to the lovely Lisa Sarsfield for her final contribution. I can't wait to see how she will finish off the story.
Wow Deb, it's almost home!
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lisa's final contribution to Alicia's book - The Museum of Forgotten Things

I've completed my work in Alica's book and it has now departed
for Australia where Kim will work her magic in it.

For my contribution I've chosen to focus on Hester's wretched tale 
of betrayal after discovering her husband in an adulterous affair.

an amalgamation of layers and tatters including victorian textiles,
found rusty metals, wood, vintage text and books,
silk, antique lace, cabinet cards and bindings...

  front and back cover pages

inside spread

to read more go to my blog

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Kim's contribution to Debs Book- Through the eyeglass

I have almost finished my piece in Debs masterful creation 'Through the Eyeglass' but thought I had better update you all on the goings on.
Debs piece revolves around a central character, Maude. Now Maude has had some heartbreak in her life. After recovering from what appears to be a loveless marriage, Maude was finally free to return to the love of her life, Damien, and the two have been travelling the world happy to be back in each others arms again at last. Oh, I can hear all your little hearts fluttering already. But...
(You so know there has to be a but don't you.)

Somethings popped up!

Now don't go gettin all defensive thinking I'm ruining Maude's perfect life now she finally has her man here.

It's just that life has a way of sidetracking us all just when you think you have it all worked out!

And so...

On to the latest doings in the life of Maude and Damien.

Now Damien did have a life before he teamed up with young Maude you know!

And so now...

There's something about a map...

a little travel to parts unknown...

and the remains of a civilisation...

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and there's a brass book...

So, will you come with me to...

If you would like to catch the rest you will have to pop over to my blog for the finer details :)

So far that is...

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Friday, October 15, 2010

alicia's final contributions to lisa s's book: labyrinth (part one)

i've finally finished miss lucky dip lisa's book, labyrinth. by the time you're done with this post though, you may hate me. ;)

front of my little bundle of pages, including a brass X i purchased from seth apter's etsy shop... i'm putting one in each of the five pulp books. (click the images to see enlarged versions.) what you're seeing is a little labyrinth book tied to the top of the bundle of pages:

here is the book all alone. if you would like to see the inside of the book and additional shots, you may do so on my blog HERE and HERE. in the spirit of labyrinths, i'm going to make viewing this a maze of potential fun (or probably annoyance).

once you open the top, you see this... a fabric/fiber collage with a paper collage, labyrinth and quote on top of it, and on the right, i just cheated. lisa mentioned that she liked a collage i recently did so i recreated a similar one for her book. maybe not a literal labyrinth, per se, but in my opinion nests are one of nature's many labyrinths.

detail of the quote/labyrinth page, stained and aged all purdy with hand made dyes (100% natural, of course) and coffee:

under the paper collage, a labyrinthy nesty bit (can you tell i went as nesty with her book as i did labyrinth?):

detail of the collage...

here is a peek at the back page...

if you want to see the rest, head on over to my blog:

(see, told you i was sending you through a maze...)


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fragements, Vestiges and Remains- Lisa Sarsfield's contribution

Page 1, dedicated to the Maori
Page 2, dedicated to the missionary who befriended both parties.

Page 3, dedicated to the British.

The King's movement v's the Queens.
This is the BATTLE OF GATE PA.


I'm on a roll! Here's some close ups of the work I've been doing in Kim's book. It's all very "New Zealand!"
My theme is the Battle of Gate Pa and you can see the rest on my blog.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kim's contribution to Lisa J's book-Roots beneath the Layers

Hi all, well finally I have the piece for Lisa's fabulous book finished! There's lots going on here so let's take a look shall we?

Welcome to...

The Descendents of the Dragon!

This piece takes a small peek into some of the background that lies underneath modern Chinese culture and beliefs. The term descendents of the dragon is one in which chinese people have long used to refer to themselves. The culture of the world's oldest continuous civilisation is rather a large and impressive one. In researching chinese cultural history I wondered at what beliefs and practices had changed over thousands of years. In the end I had so much information I had to hone it down to something useable within a book confine and also consider the support material required to do justice to the concepts I wanted to depict. What eventuated here is just a small sample from a very large bag of possibilities.

To begin a set of doors.
I love the idea of opening a door and being transported to some place else.
The door design is taken from one in the forbidden city.
Under the door is a page describing the background behind the concepts of the piece.

We'll skip that and over we go and...

Meet Long, the chinese dragon.

The chinese dragon is symbolic of strength, power, and good luck. It is frequently depicted with a flaming pearl under its chin. The pearl represents wealth, good luck and prosperity. The five toed dragon here was used as a symbol reserved exclusively for the chinese emperor. The dragon is constructed from layers of fabric paper and sits on a piece of yellow satin. Much richer in person than it looks here (which is very washed out, trying to beat the glare from photography is difficult) yellow is regarded as the centre of all colour and was able to be worn only by the emperor. The flame is made using strands of silk fibres.

Opposite the dragon is the key book. The book is the depository of the remainder of the piece within the book structure.
Here it is attached to the structure.

and again free of the confines.

Constructed of small quilts which are sewn together to form pages of the book, the key book is made from a variety of fabrics including silks, satins, cotton, a few man made pieces and silk brocades. Each item used as an embellishment here and the colour of those items has been chosen to symbollically support the concepts of the page on which it sits. The beads used in the book are a combination of lapidolite, amethyst, coral, freshwater pearls, seeds, bone and wood. Each page also has a quote attached, chosen to support the concepts of the page, although those concepts may be a little obscure by western standards. The quotes, all except the last page are pieces of poetry. Poetry in chinese culture is regarded as the pinnacle of literature and none is more highly regarded than Tang dynasty poetry. Many of the pieces used here were written by Li Bai, a master of the art form from the Tang period. In an effort to also support the book concepts all the paper used here was sourced from China. Modern paper was developed in China in around 105AD and is considered one of the four great inventions of ancient China.
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Onto the book .
The first page depicts the Jade Emperor. The picture is a transfer onto a piece of very fragile vintage silk. I admit to a few heart stopping moments during the transfer process, but yay it all worked in the end. Black and blue are the primary embellishment colours here, black representing the heavens whilst azure blue is considered to be the colour of the skies under heaven.

On the opposite page a representation of the bi disk. Bi are a circular disc with a central circular hole. Bi date back to the neolithic period of chinese history. Originally produced from stone, mostly jade, other examples have been found produced from agate, rock crystal, quartz and in subsequent periods glass. Bi produced in later periods were decorated with ornaments. The size, shape meaning and symbolism of Bi changed over millenia and was accorded different meanings and valuations under different dynasties. The original function and significance is unknown as it predates written history. Bi were frequently found buried with the dead and are considered a sky or heavenly symbol. In the Zhou dynasty (1045-256 BC) Bi discs of defeated forces were handed over to the victor as a sign of submission. In later dynastic periods bi discs have been used to indicate an individual of moral quality and have served as an important symbol of rank.

The disc used here is made from polished agate. The colours of yellow and brown are associated with the earth.

The next page shows a piece of silk brocade depicting the lotus. The lotus is one of the eight auspicious symbols of the buddhist religion and symbolises purity, beauty and perfection. The small round beads on th page are lotus seeds and are carved with the face of the Buddha. the larger bead shows a hand carved lotus flower and comes from Tibet.

On the opposite page, the Pan Chang knot. Chinese decorative knotting began as a form of folk art in the Tang dynasty. Popularised under the Ming and Qing dynasties it flourished until the end of imperial China where the art was almost completely lost. This was exaccerbated by the perishability of the materials used in the art. A resurgence of interest in the late 1970's ocurred when focus on preserving knotting artefacts of the Qing Dynasty became the focus of the National Palace Museum in Taiwan. The piece displays a Pan Chang knot. Also known as the endless knot the Pan Chang is the eighth auspicious symbol of the Buddhist religion and signifies harmony, success and constancy. It is thus a token auguring long life, happiness, continuation of the family line, prosperity, abundant financial resources and friendship of deep and lasting affection. No wonder it is so well regaled in chinese culture. The page decoration colour here is red symbolising good luck and prosperity. The beads including the branch shaped piece are all made from coral with the exception of the bamboo piece inscribed with chinese characters pertaining to good luck and fortune.

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The next page relates to the introduction of coinage in chinese society. Chinese coins were produced by casting rather than struck with dies as in most western currency. They are valued for their reflection on the rise and fall of the dynasties in which they were produced as well as for the beauty of their calligaphy and the patinas they produce. Although a number of types of materials have been used in Chinese culture as monetary exchange, the term coin usually refers to the round coin (qian), knife mooney (dao) and spade money (bu). The two coins here are of the round and spade types. The spade coin was produced during the era of Wang Mang (10-14 AD) in the Xin dynasty, while the round coin is from the Tang era produced under Li Yuan (reign title T'ang Kao Tsu 618-626 AD) The distinguishing colour used here is purple depicting metal. The beads are lepidolite and amethyst.

The last page represents silk painting and literature in chinese culture. Silk painting dates back to the Neolithic age approximately 6000 years ago and was developed long before the use of paper. Chinese painting is generally divided into several groups based on form, technique and subject. The material here depicting the image of five men is an ink and wash painting on silk and is a fragment from a long horizontal scroll which originally measured over three and a half metres in length. The scroll depicts the story of Shi Hu Zuan or the Water Margin. Also known as the Outlaws of the Marsh (there is some variance in translation), Shi Hu Zuan was written in the 13th century and is regarded as one of the four classic novels of chinese literature. The story relates the tale of Song Jian and the 108 outlaws who comprise his band of renegades who fight corruption and injustice. The renegades come from all levels of chinese society and eventually seek refuge at Mount Liang and the surrounding marshlands. The tales are supposed to have a basis in historical fact and indeed there is record of a Song Jian and his band recorded in the official histories relating to the Song Dynasty. The five men here depict five of the outlaws of Song Jian's band. Due to water damage (not caused by me!) the coloured wash has bled at some stage but the depiction of the figures in ink is still clear to see. The quote on this page is a translation from the chinese novel.

As you can see there is much symbolism attached to the items used in the book. In order for viewers of the piece to understand these elements I decided to create a scroll, made from linen, paper and silk, onto which I have put together the background of the piece and is designed to be read in conjunction with the viewing of the key book.

Reaching over two metres in length (although only approximately 15 cm high), the scroll was too large to place within the confines of Lisa's book structure and so I have made a bag of red silk and black satin to house the scroll. So now the book has it's own wee doggie baggie to carry around with it, LOL!
Here's a look at the finshed items. Lots of glare from the painted doors, silk and satin, sigh! A photography nightmare if you are camera challenged like me!

This was quite a fun piece to do.
I loved working on the piece and I hope Lisa likes it too. It's quite a bit different to the other work in the book so far, but different is good, Right?
Well now I'm off to package it all up and it will be winging it's way to Alicia in the next few days.
For now onto the next book!

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

alicia's final contributions to deb's book: through the eye glass (part 2 of 2)

i have finally completed deb's book and found the time to photograph it. here are a couple of photos of the completed book, and you can see about three times more on my blog: altered bits

if you missed the first post, you can view it here.

i reshot a few photos of the color because it looked a little too pink before. this is a more accurate representation.

previously, i had not revealed what was in this lower compartment on the main page because i hadn't finished it.

it's an owl... because deb loves owls.

actually, an owl necklace. i am NOT a jewelry person so it looks like it barely made it through those hundred and fourteen or so years... but the thought behind it was sweet, i hope.

the back page is a huge ol' pocket that houses all of the paperly things they collected along their travels.

here are the items: altered postcard, a map, a photo or three, something else...

the backs of two of the items. i had a lot of fun fashioning that wax seal out of paint and... wax.

i'll be shipping this off to kim the moment i find a box large enough -- and that is my quest for tomorrow.