Happy autumn. Tis the season of the great big pumpkin. Pumpkins, witches, warlocks, goblins, bats and cats. Halloween is just around the corner. A number of years ago my story rooms and books were accepted for an exhibit. The theme I worked with was couples. I chose a number of different couples: The Divine Diva and the Confirmed Bachelor, Venus Fly Trap and the Fly, and more. The one above I called, The Witch and her Cat. The witches book of Spells, Portions and Recipes accompanied the story room. One of my students gave me some amate paper from her homeland of Mexico. It is a bit of a challenge to work with, but the end result is beautiful. The tactile nature of the paper is very pleasing. I used it on the case of the book and in the interior. I used the green amate to line the case. This green had the feel of nature in it. The book was covered with suede leather with a slice of a geode as part of the closure. I seasoned the paper to give it a more authentic look.
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SUNRISE AND DAY DREAMS I woke up one morning to the sunrise painting my wall red with its brilliance. It was a beautiful sight to wake up to and it filled the room with a different kind of warmth - the warmth of nature. DAY DREAMS Day dreams is a group of panels that came about after working on a book called Dream Rooms. It was totally unexpected when I was playing with a piece of paper and some photocopies of photographs. Initially, I thought, I really don't like the effect, but I'll keep going to see what transpires. Well, I decided I liked the look and playfulness of what I was creating and carried on to make four full panels that are a set of rooms where day dreams happen. I used pieces of photocopied photos and recycled an old calendar of ancient maps. The words are different terms for dream and written in brown ink. Front cover with partial photocopied photograph Back cover with other half of the photocopied photograph Inside of cover is lined with a recycled