Monday, May 24, 2010

Lisa J's contribution to Kim's book Fragments, Vestiges & Remains

I've finally finished my piece in Kim's lovely book. So far all of the participants have created a piece based on a historical event in their homeland. For my part, I've used the extraordinary photographs of Dorothea Lange to assemble a piece about the midwest migrant farmers in the1930s...a time of hope and despair when the worst drought of modern American history struck the Great Plains. I've also used some quotes from "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck as his novel is based upon these people and their stories.

This is the spread as it appears in Kim's book. On the left I've created a collage out of an 1800s quilt remnant and used vintage and found hardware for a timeworn appearance.

I've made a small book with Dreams to Dust stamped on the cover and a quote within. The book is constructed of recycled materials.

This is the top of the second page where I've constructed and album that fits within the book. You can see by the paper clips where Kim gave us each a block of pages to use. I tore the edeges of my pages and stained them so they would layer up as with age and create depth. Speaking of depth.. sorry Kim but your book is now hugely thick from my addition as it is impossible for me to create anything even remotely flat!

The album.....suffering and resilence.
 Photographs of mothers with their children as there is no stronger sense of determination
found than that of a mother fighting for her children and family.

Flip the pages and the next spread on the left and then the right.

close up of the last page...

The photograph on this page is raised up on a block as is the photograph of the steer skull.
When the book is closed they fit into each other like puzzle pieces.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Debrina's contribution to Lisa S' book: Labyrinth

The House of Indigo was all that she knew...

Her childhood began and ended here...but one knock on the door...

or a peek through one of its numerous windows....

...would reveal a labyrinth of rooms and hallways, antechambers and vestibules...

To find out more about the House of Indigo,