Wednesday, 27 January 2016

New Year New Work


Happy New Year.  We have turned another corner into a new year, new possibilities and new creations.  I am happy to say I am starting out my year with one of my artist books being selected for an exhibit.  


The exhibit is Eros 2016, an exhibition of erotic art, at the Arbor Gallery in Vankleek Hill, Ontario.  It is about one hour south of Ottawa.  The exhibit runs from February 10 to March 13, 2016.  Once the exhibit has opened I'll post pictures of the book.  Better yet, come out and meet the artists and see our work on February 14th for the vernissage from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. 


It's been a long time since I posted any work.  I have started out this new year with some new pieces of work.  I made a book last year using stained glass for the covers.  I was quite happy with the outcome and have decided to do some more.  These books tend to be a little bit heavier than normal and they need to be handled with tender loving care.  They would be great as a guest book, wedding album, sketch book, family memory book or a special journal. 

I made a clam shell box for the stained glass covered book.  I used a green metallic paper with a black background.  It matched the glass covers quite nicely. 

I lined the interior of the box with a quilted satin material.  I purchased this material a long time ago to make myself a vest, which never materialized.  I have put it to good use in the boxes.  

 This stained glass has a lot of texture to it and the veins of colour go from a deep green to a very light green.  It reminds me of a steep lush green mountain.  The inside of the covers are very smooth to the touch.  The spine is stamped cowhide.  The text block is 70 lb/114g Canson drawing paper. 

 I used a synthetic sinew to stitch the signatures with a French style binding.  The book is 9 1/4 x 6 1/4  x 1 1/4 inches /23.5 x16 x 3.2 cm

 This is the clam shell box for a smaller version stained glass book.  I used a stamped cow hide and Hanji paper to cover it. 

 Again I lined it with the quilted satin fabric.  It makes a nice protective surface for the glass covers. 

 The spine is the same leather that I used on the outside of the clam shell box and the glass covers have a soft texture.  The pinkish./beige and white colors are splashed through the transparent glass.  The text block is 70 lb/114g Canson drawing paper.  Each page has a die cut on it.  This book measures 6 x 4 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches/15.2 x 1.1 x 3.2 cm.

Where My Books Can Be Seen and Purchased 

  • Ottawa School of Art, 35 George Street and 245 Centrum Blvd.  Ottawa
  • Ottawa Art Gallery, Sales and Leasing Boutique, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa 
  • La Fab Gallery, Chelsea, Quebec 
  • Wallack's Art Supplies, 231 Bank Street, Ottawa 
You may also contact me at: to inquire about the books, prices, or if you would like to commission a book.
Wishing you a happy Valentine's day.