Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Accordions in Kalamazoo and Trenches return

My button book is finally done and hopefully it's only one of many to come "Button Tales, Myths, Superstitions Vol. I MMX". This accordion book has been entered into a show at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center in Michigan. "The Illustrated Accordion" April 2nd - 30th. What fun to work on it- thoroughly enjoyed making this and envision several more in the button series. The superstition illustrated claims that you must hold on to you buttons when passing a hearse or cemetery to keep the deceased from taking you with them ! (I love that 2010 is written MMX in Roman numerals)

The book is wrapped with a paper band with a Velcro closure...and sewn paper button. The cover is flax dyed with walnut hull handmade by "Cave Papers". All the buttons are made from my handmade papers.

Each foldout page is a different shaped headstone with buttons attached in random patterns. To see more books in the show go to the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center's flickr page, many amazing creations.

"In The Trenches", an illustrated hand made book about NY's Hart Island, finally returned home from the Atlanta Mixed Media/Collage Show at the Gallery at Paper Mill Road in Sandy Springs GA...... and with an award of Merit. We are very pleased with the way this adventure turned out. Pat Sahertian and I put our hearts and souls into the making of this book. Looking for the next show to display it.....

1 comment:

  1. Mary, your "Button Tales" book is just perfect. I love the clear, strong design of the cover enclosing the diverse shapes of the tombstones. And then all the fantastic buttons. Great.