with spring break this week it was the perfect opportunity to finish my book 'voices' i started in nina bagley's class at artfest.
i gathered together anything i had that was blue, copper, ochre, dark brown, and beige for my book and put it in a bag to take to my class. it was wonderful to have a palette picked out and ready to go.
the fabrics came from an old greyhound bus shipping box from grandma's attic that was filled with scraps of fabric from her mothers sewing projects. inside was an old dress bodice that looks 80 years old. i am loving that new stash of fabric!
i found a wonderful old hymnal titled uplifted voices at the used book store that i used for the front and back covers. i used a wide metalic blue and brown ribbon to attach the two covers together leaving just enough room to tuck in the loose pages. the little window reads ' wide thy heart's door' and has a button from great grandmas sewing kit and part of a cuff link.
the first page reads 'the morning voice' stamped in brass.
since i ran out of book covers that would fit inside my book i used this old cabinet photo frame for one of my pages.
the negative was in a packet of letters i found at my favorite antique store. the little letter is dated 1913-voices from the past
first lessons- the voice of reason is created on the back of a photo frame. i liked the little hanging ring showing. the lower left corner of the cover had broken away so i glued the spine in its place. it looks like the decaying inside of an old wall.
voices from the dust is built on an old envelope that mrs. barker received with sewing patterns inside. the letter on the front is heartbreaking, dated Aprial, 11th, 1887 and in lovely old brown ink reads 'we berried oure oldest daughter Elizabeth on the 9 day of last Nov'. the little heart on the top i sewed together and hung from a bit of rosary chain to the metal envelope tab. wish they still made such cool envelopes!
the back cover-the voice of nature holds a little nest under mica and three small stones i gathered with nina two years ago at asilomar.
i love the way the old ribbons hold all the loose pages together. wonderful! thank you nina. . .