Books – 1998 to 2018

“Making Waves”
7” x 3” x 4.5”
Ebony, stone, ceramic, cotton, collage, wasp nest, rami

This book started with a stone that I found on the shores of Lake Superior. I have been carrying this rock around for years in my car across the country, and in and around my house. Many have picked it up and tossed it: up and down; in hand; or held onto it. It’s the perfect hand size. Puppet hands (also hanging around the house) came together with the “doirneag” and then became the impetus for telling the story of this rock making waves as it was tossed back into the lake. Ripples are the story of its’ origin.

9.5” x 7” x 6”
Glaucophane schist,redwood, leather,cotton,ink, collage

In geological terms “erratic” refers to rocks found away from their origin. It comes from the latin word errare, to wander. The book is a journey through collaged maps, images and text, as examples of how you might find yourself as you wander throughout this world.

“Rough Language”
8” x 5.5” x 7.5”Stone, leather, redwood, cotton, collage, ink, mortar

It started with a pile of rocks mortared together that became the foundation for this book of synonyms for the poem “rough language.”

5″ x 4″ x 2″
Wood, linen, cotton paper, ink, collage

Starting off with making woodcut prints of insect trails found inside of downed trees I thought about landscape travel and scale. I collaged old travel guide maps and added images of panoramic views of mountain ranges and then a third page, a list of words that refer to peaks and valleys from Robert MacFarlane’s book “Landmarks”.

“here you are”
5″ x 6″ x 7″
birch bark, glacophane schist, cotton paper, ink, metal, redwood, hemp, collage

As you turn the pages you wander through a drawn and collaged landscape with text of a calming mantra as each page contains a different synonyms for “wooded sanctuary”. On the other side you travel through synonyms for “wander” collaged with old travel guide maps.

5″ x 7″ x 9.5″
schist, leather, found wooden board, hemp, cotton, ink, hemp, collage, raw silk

Turning a rock around in my hands every angle reveals an interesting form. I trace around the contour of the rock and transfer it to paper and now it becomes a story of the rock tumbling around the page or through space. Synonyms for the word “Tumble” are collaged on each page with text and maps from old travel guides.

“What is a topographic map?”
6″ x 4″ x 2″
Ceramic, paper, ink, collaged maps, jute, pencil

“What is a topographic map? “ folds out into a two-sided map that contains a drawing of rocks collected from many yearly walks and hikes. The rock path is filled with a network of mapped locations we have been or places we will go. Hills and valleys are encountered and necessarily navigated throughout the journey.

“Sticks & Stones”
5″ x 8″ x 8″
coptic binding, handmade paper, ink, bark, collage, raw silk

While walking along a wooded road, on the ground there are objects to pick up and examine. The objects are markers.  On paper I trace around them, end to end they begin to form a path and the path continues into the folds of the paper, down into the valleys and up along the ridges. As the path opens up and closes, parts become hidden behind other pages. Attached to the path are pieces of maps of places I have been or I will go.

“Maps For Recreation”
4.5″ x 3″ x 3″
coptic binding, redwood, handmade paper, collage

A streak of lightening or a very fast path made by insects across a piece of redwood informed the text and images.

“Handbook For Travelers”
4.5″ x 3″ x 3″
coptic binding, redwood, handmade paper, collage

Inspired by the wood carvings by beetles revealed under a piece of redwood bark we thought about the fantastic journeys of insects. The book starts with the word “roam” and continues with related synonyms.

“Anita & Mabel”
2″ x 12″ x 12″ and 2.5″ x 6″ x 6″
redwood, leather, Ink on Cotton, raw silk

I run my hands around the bark of a large redwood tree and am struck with the deeply notched and scalloped texture.  With a contour tool I trace around the base and transfer the topography to paper, making a map of the surface. The resulting drawing feels like images of sound waves, rivers or  heart beats.

Anita and Mabel are two sisters who designed and donated a beautiful garden. To honor them I named two redwood trees for them, Anita being the largest tree with a diameter of 55” and her nearby little sister Mabel of 32”.

“Bark Book”
6″ x 11″ x 7″
Mellaluca bark, Stone Pine bark, cord, leather nails, coptic binding

We find things on the ground.  The thing’s texture, form, color or reminiscence of another form begins a process of developing  a story. The story can be fictional, non fictional, or poetic.  “Bark Book” started with fallen sheets of mellaluca bark that had peeled from its trunk then dropped to the ground and lay folded like pages of a book. The poetic text and the image of landscape seems to be already imbedded in the bark. Adding to it would be superfluous. The cover of “Bark Book” is of pine bark from a tree that had fallen a year before. The book is bound in a hybrid binding bound with natural materials.

“The Big Book”
18″ x 24″ x 8″
mixed media: painting, printing, collage, photography, attached objects

The Big Book is made up of twelve collaged spreads that represent the twelve months of a bird’s year and illustrate the events that take place in that year, such as, migrating and nest building.