Thursday, April 20, 2017

Working on a New Altered Book...

"Self Culture" is an almost-completed altered book that offers advice about living one's life on the wilder side.  The original book is a slim late-1880's volume entitled On Self Culture in Phonography, written entirely in phonetic shorthand as a "vade mecum" for the intellectual, physical and moral betterment of young men.  ("Vade mecum" apparently means a useful guide that one always keeps handy on one's person for easy consultation.)  I've printed the background images on some used teabags, and then collaged some human/animal hybrids on each page.  The text is typed in on my vintage Adler typewriter.  Here are a few pages:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bird Women

Just finished collaging some bird women onto an old player piano roll (Duo-Art #6489, PERPETUAL MOTION Rondo, Op. 24, date unknown).  Figures are from magazine scraps, background is printed on tissue paper, Turned out nicely, I think...

player piano scroll collage
11" wide x 60" wide

Hatchlings detail

Hatchlings detail

Saturday, April 8, 2017

23 Sandy Builds a New Exhibit

Heading down to Portland in a few minutes to attend the artists' reception for a new exhibit  called "BUILT," which opened yesterday at the wonderful 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, OR.  The show includes book and paper art examining the relationship between contemporary book art and architecture.  There are fantastic pieces in this exhibit, well worth a trip.  I am pleased to have two little books on view:

La Cite des Animaux
(an accordion-style book about a deserted white city)

letting go
(a "built" book made from wood)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Recently I was experimenting with home-printing some little zine-style booklets on my beloved Epson WorkForce.   I ended up with three of them, each printed on lightweight copier paper on a home inkjet printer, stapled together (badly), with covers made from travel brochures and ripped-out book pages.  Typography features a variety of black silhouettes and brief sayings illustrating the importance of white space in typography.   A Brief History of Time is my explanation of how Time came to be and what it means to us, illustrated with various collage pieces I’ve done over the years.   Good Advice From Bad People features real quotes by unsavory people. Here are a few pages from Typography:

Monday, April 3, 2017

Dark Places

House of the Rising Sun

Napoleon's Fever Dream

Dark and Stormy Dance Party

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017


Working on a new series of map interpretations, series of 10, using overprinting, collage, painting, hand-embroidery, etc. on large (16"h x 12"w) vintage maps.  The maps are contained in a collection called "Indian Villages of the Illinois Country" published by Illinois State Museum in 1942.  Here are the first three (more to follow):

Map 1

Map 2

Map 3

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Exhibition News

Opening this week on the far side of the country:

Angels in America (No. 4)
2017 Women's Works Exhibition
Old Court House Arts Center
Woodstock, IL
March 9 - April 29

New Dress
2017 Emerging Artists Exhibition
Limner Gallery
Hudson, NY
March 2 - 25

Memory Veil
The Time Machine: A Nat'l Juried Exhibition of Wearable Arts
D'Art Center
Norfolk, VA
March 14 - April 29

Sunday, February 26, 2017

I Had This Dream.

A recently-completed altered book project:

I Had This Dream.
Unique altered book, 2017
42 pgs, 5.5"h x 3.75"w x .75"d


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Vintage Wallpaper Samples

Found a bundle of wallpaper samples at the thrift store recently.  They make lovely backgrounds...

Her Reach Exceeds Her Grasp

Bee a Man

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Josephine, Sabine and Lynn Get Exquisite

Josephine Wicherts (Holland), Sabine Remy (Germany) and I occasionally do a whirlwind round of Exquisite Corpse.  Each of us makes three starters (doing the top, middle or bottom of a collaged image, then "hiding" what we've done so that the next person working on the piece can ONLY see where to connect with the prior image, not the image itself).  Here are my three starters from our latest round:

Exquisite Corpse #3 Winter 2016 by
Lynn (top), Sabine (middle) & Jo (bottom)

 Exquisite Corpse #1 Winter 2016 by
Jo (top), Lynn (middle) & Sabine (bottom)

 Exquisite Corpse #2 Winter 2016 by
Sabine (top), Jo (middle) & Lynn (bottom)

Monday, February 6, 2017

NWCS at Cascadia Art Museum

The Northwest Collage Society is presenting its winter show at the wonderful new Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds, January 19 - March 26, 2017.  CAM is a great addition to the local art scene; it opened its doors in late 2015 and offers a rich array of paintings, prints, sculpture and photography created by artists active in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-19th through mid-20th century time period.  The art is stunning: the "Big Four" are here, of course (Tobey, Calahan, Graves, and Anderson), and there are quality pieces by many others.  The physical setting -- a repurposed and beautifully altered former Safeway suppermarket -- is lovely, with crisp white walls and high, beamed ceilings.  Go see it.

And, while you're there you can visit a side gallery that is hung with "Collaged Impressions of Northwest Social Realism and the American Scene 1930 - 1950."  I have three pieces (below) in the show and one of them ("Carrie") was honored with the Eleanor Wolters Smith Memorial Award. Thank you NWCS, CAM, and juror/curator David F. Martin.


This Is Not a Photograph of Basquiat.

What If

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Irrational Reographics

For a couple of years I've had a notion that I should assemble a bunch of National Geographic collages into some kind of book, maybe with an embroidered yellow cover, to be called "Irrational Reographics."  Still thinking about it.  When I finally stop procrastinating I should have a lot to chose from.  Here's a couple more...


Origin Stories:  The Northern Lights

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Pandora's Box

In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth. She was given many gifts by the gods:  clothes, beauty, speech, musical ability.  Pandora is accused of introducing evil into the world, by opening the lid to a large jar (classically, but apparently mistakenly, described as a "box"), thereby releasing all the evils and ill-mannered things it contained into the world.  She managed to close the lid in time to keep one thing...hope.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Two New Collaborations

Sabine Remy and I are still going strong with our collage collaborations, and here are the two most 66 (the last of 2016) and no. 67 (the first of 2017):

 No. 66, 2016 (After Years...King Kong is Back!)
started by Lynn Skordal & finished by Sabine Remy

No. 67, 2017 (From the Wish Book),
started by Sabine Remy & finished by Lynn Skordal