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meeting a deadline

Last Wednesday, July 28, late afternoon, a friend said, ‘Bettina, you really should submit some of your pieces to this show’. The deadline for delivering was Saturday, July 31….

That gave me about a day to get my act together. The O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, upcoming show is ‘Bay Area Women Artists‘, juried by Donna Seager.

Good to know that I have friends who really support me when it comes to my art. They will – when ever possible – help me deliver on time. Yesterday was one of those days. My friend Theresa was designated driver. We left at 12 noon, downtown San Francisco, to get to Mill Valley before 1 PM. Google maps quoted about 29 min for 14 miles (23 km). OK – it is a Saturday and it is the Bay Area and the Golden Gate needs to be crossed… we barely made it by 1 PM. Luckily there were still some other artists who came around that last minute of ‘drop-off’ time.

I will be notified tomorrow, Monday, August 2, if my work has been accepted. The exhibition dates are Tuesday, August 3, to Tuesday, August 28.

The artwork I submitted to this exhibition:

‘To See The Moon’, ‘The Wild Book’, and ‘Crazy Carousel Book Sea World’

To See The Moon

‘To See The Moon’, AP (Artist Proof)

Box: 1” x 19” x 6.75”

Book: 6.25” x 18.25”, accordion fold

Medium: Bookcloth, Lettra Paper, Braille, Letterpress

It is part of Rumi’s poem ‘In Silence’ which seemed to be just perfect  to set in Braille. I made plates to print the Braille before adding letterpress. Help in creating and proof reading the Braille was provided by the Light House in San Francisco, with special thanks to Greeta Arhart.

The Wild Book

‘The Wild Book’, Unique – Open Edition

Box: Slipcase with tray

Book: Four-panel tunnel-book; 6” x 8.5” closed, approximately 8” deep when opened; each panel 8.5” x 6”, window cutout 5-5/8” x 5”, book can be opened from both sides

Medium: Nepalese Lokta paper, Lettra paper, glassine paper, copper sheeting, rubber-stamped pictures, stitching

Pictures rubber-stamped by hand on Lettra paper, using stamp pads with archival ink. Small pieces of copper sheeting sewn to the paper. Panels cut by hand using razor blades. Machine-stitching used as design element and to add stability to the structure.

Crazy Carousel

‘Crazy Carousel Book Sea World’, Unique – Open Edition

Box: 1.25” x 3.75” x 5”

Book: 3.25” x 4.75” three layer accordion fold – Carousel Book

Medium: Bookcloth, Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Paper, Rubber Stamped Images

Hand-stamped rubber stamp pictures on Mohawk Superfine Eggshell paper, using stamp pads with archival ink. Panels cut by hand using sharp razor blades. The book structure used is the carousel book; three layers in different length are folded as an accordion. Once they are decorated the three layers are nested together and sewn together. Box is made to size to hold the carousel book, with magnets ensuring closing.

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