Monday, October 19, 2009

Coptic Books

I've always loved journals. When I was a little girl I had this particular pink hard-covered journal with a real metal lock and key. Filled with secrets and dreams--little books have always been something I've treasured. These days my thoughts don't make it into any journals, but for a change I've started making books. These 3 books are my very first attempts at Coptic book-making. If you feel like challenging yourself, making books is a fun project to start. All you need is some paper, waxed thread, needles and something hard to cover or use for your covers. In these books I've used papyrus, wood and covered hard board. I have a fourth in progress that has a copper cover and it's ity-bity, just 1.5" square. I'll take photos when it's complete.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Misery Loves Company

Today is one of those days that makes me want to clear a space on the floor so I can sit down and cry. For over the past several years my little 1270 sq townhouse has been my studio, storage facility, packing factory, and my home. It's always in a state of chaos but today, as I trip over boxes and struggle to find a clear, clean space to simply sit I decided that rather than wallowing alone in my own filth--I'd subject everyone else to it as well. I took a few photos--a behind the scenes tour of what life looks like when you craft and work from home. I've spared you photos of the closets. They are filled from floor to ceiling with boxes full of inventory. I don't actually need real clothes as I live in old clothes ruined long ago from oil paints and greasy turpentine spills. It isn't pretty folks.