Thursday, April 17

voices

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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. . .

25 comments:

Lilli said...

This is absolutely Gorgeous, Julie. What precious and deeply meaningful details. Thanks for sharing :)

Cassondra W. said...

You are an incredible artist, this book is so beautiful! Thanks for posting it, I was so excited to see what other pages you would make to put in your book!

Sweet Petunia said...

Your book is BEAUTIFUL Julie!! So glad I got to see you at ArtFest.

Renee said...

I LOVE your book - it's WONDERFUL . . . especially the page with the little heart - it is PRECIOUS! It was great to meet you at ArtFest!
xoxx, Renée

Elise B. said...

Julie,

This is the most beautful book I have ever layed my eyes on...I mean it...I can feel the energy from the photos...I would love to touch it and see it in person...

Love,

Elise

Dawn said...

Everything about this work is just amazing!
Love it all!
Thank you so much for letting us see the details.
Inspiring.......

Dale said...

My god, julie, this is stunning! I am amazed at the beauty you have created with this book! How fabulous to have all those elements in that book! That really must have been a great class, i've seen many fabulous things people have created there. Great great job. I'm posting a link over at my blog to your post here, as it is so very inspirational.

Maija said...

SO beautiful, Julie- I just want to let my fingers float all over it, absorbing all the textures and colors!

Sarah said...

oooh! more creations! Your book is beautiful! I love looking at how your mind works!
Sarah
http://vintagelily.typepad.com/my_weblog/

ArtsyMama said...

Oh my, oh my! What a gorgeous book. Wow!! Savoring every picture. Thanks so much for sharing.
Kari

Beth said...

this is so wonderful !!!
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING !!

I am taking the same class with Nina in August and it's been wonderful to see some of pages from the class that was just taken at artfest.

can you give me an idea of what you believe to be the best number of old book covers to have on hand to use ???

thanks so much !!!

Candice Elton said...

this is wonderful. I especially love the little cabinet photo with the magnifying glass. All of the pages go so well together. I can't wait to get my hands on it. love it...

Lucy Edson said...

I am simply in awe at the beauty & intricate details in your book. I am a huge fan of Nina's & how wonderful it must be to take a class from her.

Thank you for sharing such an inspiring work!

Dana said...

Love love love this! It is just incredible!
Dana
www.TheThingsILove.typepad.com

Rekoj said...

So cool to see it all done - it started gorgeous and has ended even more gorgeous!

kecia said...

wow, i love all that you did to your new pages! i keep wanting to work on some more of mine, but just haven't yet. you always have such inspiring ideas!

annie said...

i miss you...what a magical time...beautiful little treasures. let's catch up! xo

m i c h e l l e said...

Oh my soul! Your book is so gorgeous! Utter perfection! The details, the color palette...it's just exquisite! I made the right decision in giving you the "extraordinary" patch! :-)

Take care!

catharinas-love said...

I'll found your blog to ;o))
It is all very beautiful your art !
Rini - the Netherlands

Amanda Elton said...

These are even more lovely in person! You are wonderful Julie!
amanda

suesue said...

this book has touched me so much. thank you for the beauty.

Anonymous said...

absolutely beautiful on the inside and out...just like you!

xxoo

Jen

Melissa said...

Really lovely Julie.. you have such a delicate hand with collage and a unique way of putting things together.

Melissa

Charmingdesigns said...

Oh my goodness. I so enjoyed a walk through the pages of your book. I to, love to gather my treasures before a class. Just beautiful...I'm off to read some more of your blog. Did you take a class from Stephanie Lee? Laurie http://lauriescharmingdesigns.blogspot.com/

Anne Kelly said...

Your book is exquisite! And kudos for the foresight to choose your palette ahead of time. I would have been so excited about the class, that would never have entered my mind. Very well done.

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