Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pulp Redux Update

As you most likely know I have had the good fortune of recieving Lisa Jurist's FABULOUS altered book in the mail. Every time I see her book I can't believe this is her first AB! She's transfered her amazing fabric collage/sewing/wire work skills to the pages of this old photo album with such ease I am totally blown away! If you havn't already seen Lisa's work on her blog please drop by and take a look. I've been busy playing around with ideas for her book, the theme is' Root's -beneath the layers' and Lisa particularly likes using things that used to be other things. The cuckoo clock pieces that she has salvaged for the cover are a good example of that. This is recycling with style!

Here's what I have done so far...


This is the first part of my spread. It's unfinshed at the moment as the 'bodice' style lacing I had in mind for the front looked terrible when I did it so I need to rethink. Maybe I just need to change the thread I was using? I am not sure yet. This is a first for me, making a complete spread almost entirely in fabric. It's all hand sewn and I hope you are able to enlarge it to get a good look at it! The fabric is all scrap from the 2nd hand shop (someone's curtain off-cut) and the round discs are actually from roofing nails. I found them on the ground at the hospital (they're renovating) complete with the right coloured paint remains in places. What a find! The 'page' has thick cardboard inserted between the fabric layers.


Inside the page above I have started on one of my other ideas. I was inspired by this fantastic artwork to create a spread that allowed for lots of other things to be 'found' by the person enjoying the book.  The folded fabric piece opens up to reveal the piece shown below. This fabric was dyed with a strong brew of tea and is slightly more copper toned than the background fabric which was dyed with coffee. The circular embellishment was from a dolie I took apart and dyed with tea also. (There's a white one of the first page which you may have spotted.) The white fabric is where the other pieces will be attached too as soon as I know what they are!


Inside the little folded fabric book. Incase you missed the origins of the bird fabric you can see it here. I  I have to say I am pretty pleased with the way it came out! There's a close up of this page below so you don't have to try and do yoga to see it proparly :)


Detail of the back of the folded fabric book. It won't open this way in the book as it is stitched down into it's folded position so I thought I had better photograph it before it was stitched!  Below is the promised close up of the bird and nest printed fabric.


 Debrina has also been busy with the book she recieved so please drop by her blog to see what another 'reduxer' has been up too.

Hope your all well and happy and enjoying the start of the festive season!

13 comments:

Panz said...

magnificent work as always ;)

La Dolce Vita said...

absolutely gorgeous!

Mick said...

You've been a very busy gal, Lisa. Have you sewn your fingers together yet? :)

John M. Mora said...

Needles and pins....I do love what you are doing Lisa. Thanks for your visits and your genuine kindness....all my very best.

PS - about two years now we have been sharing art - that is a lot of dog years!

Lisa said...

Lisa, This is stunning...I am in awe of what you've done here! I love the reused fabric and the found roof nails..how absolutely perfect and you added your signature loose threads which is something I just adore about your work. The folded fabric piece...so creative...I love how you've drawn from the patience piece. I would have never known that this is your first complete fabric piece..you are on an amazing roll..lovely choices and beautiful work! xo

alteredbits said...

wow, lisa, this is absolutely amazing! i am so loving what you are doing here! fantastically beautiful and just utterly stunning, as always. i so can't wait to have this book in my hands... or any of them for that matter. fantastic!

Debrina said...

Lisa - this is just so fantastic! I love how soft and layered and textured it all is while at the same time being so wonderfully abstract! The birds and the little heart button and the crosses are just so right! There is so much detail here: it is such careful, gentle detailing...it is just, well, it is just magic!

Seth said...

This is looking fantastic. I love all the layers and the textures and the surprises waiting to be found within!

The Green Stone Woman said...

Great job, Lisa, as always. You keep improving and coming up with better and better things. I stand in awe, I'm not kidding!

Kim said...

Love, love love love love, sigh! Lovin the beautiful vintage look to it all and that pic is lovely! Can't wait to catch up with it and post what I've been doing, nearly there now!

Poetic Artist said...

wow oh wow this is wonderful..
I love vintage. The tiny details are so pretty.

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neva gagliano said...

ah so natural and soft and yet mysterious!! niiiiiiiiiice.