A summer celebration.

To celebrate summer, which has unfortunately mostly ended, I thought I would gather together some summer pages and words from some of my artist’s books. The books are basically constructed using mostly fabric and paper, with stitch, and my words. I’ve been making them since 2009, when I made Into the Cacao Grove, my first artist’s book.

This post was prompted by a lovely person in Guildford who wants to read some of my poetry [she kindly describes my words as poetry] to her poetry group. Their theme next month is summer, so this led to this gathering together of some summer images and words. This is, I confess, quite a long post.

The books here, or rather the pages I am showing from the books, are collections of bound pages, excepting The Moth Pages at the end. I bind in a not entirely traditional way. Three of my artist’s books are quite large, the largest being 90 x 56 x 8 cm, and quite heavy with it. They are well travelled and frequently make appearances when I teach. I hope to be taking one at least to Embroidery, Fashion and Stitch next March, depending upon how much space we have.

To start, the cover of The Summer Gardens. The whole of this book is on my website, if you want to see and read all of it.

There are selections of pages from all my books on my website.

Next, some pages from the summer section of Shadow and Light, one of my big books that measures 75 x 35 x 10 cm. First, the cover, then I have grouped each two page spread together.

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Below, two sets of pages from The Stone Bird, another biggie measuring 80 x 58 x 9 cm.

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Continuing with three pairs of pages from Concealed Revealed, a book featuring a collection of my haiku.

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I couldn’t resist including The Moth Pages, as it rarely has an outing, being rather large hanging book. It’s based on the lime hawk moth. Below, the full piece. It measures 2.5 x 2 m, and is made from a mix of fabrics, digitally printed fabrics and papers, stitch and embellishment.

10 thoughts on “A summer celebration.

  1. I don’t know about summer ending just yet Steph. We went down to the beach today. It was over 20 degrees and teeming with people. It was just like the summer holidays! I often look through the copies of your books that I have and it is great to take another look at the Moth Pages. Love that line about ‘a curved mystery of alphabet’. Not surprised at all that someone wants to read your poetry! Looking through all these photos was a visual feast. Just beautiful.

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