Each year there is a lovely showing of artist's books presented by the Decatur Arts Alliance in connection with the Decatur Book Festival in Georgia. This year's show, entitled "The Book As Art: Boundless," runs August 19 - September 30, 2016, at the Decatur Branch of the DeKalb County Library, and will include Dear Mary, an accordion-style artist's book created from a 1931 college yearbook and nine vintage college photographs which I altered with hand-embroidery, beading and appliqued fabric scraps. The only text in the book are the messages that were handwritten to "Mary" by each of her fellow students at an unnamed college in Waterloo, Iowa.
A couple more exhibitions in the waning days of summer...
Two collage pieces will be on view at The Studio Door in San Diego, CA, as part of "Endangered," an exhibition of artwork about the beauty of endangered and threatened species or habitats, running from August 5-28.
Beasts of the Northern Wild
One of my recent embroidered pieces will be on view in the "Real People 2016" exhibition, August 4 - October 1, 2016, at the Old Court House Arts Center in Woodstock, IL.
Henning Mankell, a master of Swedish crime noir, has written a series of novels featuring Swedish detective inspector, Kurt Wallender. One of my favorite Wallender books is The Man from Beijing, and one of my favorite sections of that book follows three young desparate Chinese brothers fleeing across old China, trying to save themselves and stay alive. Mankell creates a beautiful but brutal world for them and a couple of his descriptions beg to be illustrated. Here's one:
A Dense Cloud of Butterflies
"The insects were transparent and yellow, and their flapping wings
sounded like rustling paper. San paused in the middle
of the swarm, entranced. It felt like he'd entered a house
with walls made of wings."
(Chapter 10, The Man From Beijing by Henning Mankell, translation copyright 2010)