This is a spread I did in my Melange Book, probably my most favorite handmade book of mine. It was a project done in my local book arts group a while back. Well, more than a while. It was a very challenging project....but also loads of fun. I never would've created this book if it hadn't been a group project, and I'm so grateful it was, because it totally motivated me to do this and get it finished. It was a group project, but we each created our own books. Oftentimes, I need that kind of motivation. And also the help and support that was so generously provided by other members of our super-great local group!!! I'm oh so fortunate and grateful that we have such a fantastic book arts/altered art group in my area, the Denver metro area, and that I've been a member for over five years. Our group is still going strong, and I hope it always will. And I only wish that all of you artists out there could have a group like this in your area.
The left page is a fabric page of painted muslin, with lace, ribbon, rick-rack, and buttons glued down, and frayed along the edges. The right page has cool scrapbook paper as the background. The lower part is a pocket of fine copper mesh, with an altered CD inserted. I glued down four rusted bottle caps....I always love rusted found objects, that's for sure. The fiber is eyelash yarn (at least I think that's what it's called).
To be honest, I'm going through a difficult time in my life right now, and so making art has kind of been relegated to the back burner. I've been in an extended art slump, which has been quite frustrating and bewildering. But beyond that, I'm dealing with some painful family issues/realities, that have really knocked the air out of me. Sometimes, reality really BITES as I'm sure all of you can relate to and understand. However, I want to keep my blog current, because it's important to me to do so. There are a lot of things in life I don't have control over, but I do have control over my blog. And it helps me to keep it going and current, or as much as I'm able to. I know this too, shall pass, and better days are up ahead, but for now, I'm rather down under. So please bear with me on this. Thank you.