Sunday, July 19, 2009

Done and Dusted




Well it's finally done and dusted !

I have finally finished the book I started in Judy Wilkenfeld's class last year.

Those of you that follow my blog will have seen the pages seperately but it is finally all together.

This is the front cover.

Keeping with my nature theme, I have wired an old pair of antique binoculars to the cover.













Here is the shadow Box book were I carved out the arch in the middle with a scapel and a blistered hand. The old book was so thick (1/4" inch). I don't know how Judy works doing this all the time.









This picture shows the opening and a small door knocker that actually works.















"Hmm what's inside" I hear you ask? Well those girls at the class will know what it was (after alot of "colourful language") as I am scared of these things. It is now in place.

My good friend Sarah donated it to me, and thought it would be perfect for the book.
















Yes a moth! It is actually beautiful and has a furry body, but I still feel it is waiting to come alive again.

Sarah found it coming to her door every night and one morning she noticed it had died.












Here is the shadow box chained to keep it closed.


The pages are all joined together with hand dyed silk ribbon,and it concertina's out.

I have just bought a old leather belt to keep it all closed.

Now I only have one thing I would like to add which is an old magnifying glass to the tapestry binding as it is so thick

So the search continues for the finishing touch.

I have so enjoyed doing this book.

Jen









38 comments:

Sam Marshall said...

WOW!!! What an amazing book- I love everything about it. I hope you find a cool magnifying glass.
XX

Gretz said...

Looks fantastic Jen. What about the magnifying glass that you got from Glial???

See you soon I hope!

lisa_crofts said...

wow just beautiful. Cant wait to do your classes on the 1st and 2nd of august.

Alison Gibbs said...

Jen that is absolutely wonderful. Doesn't matter how long it took, it is the end result that means the most
Alsion

Jacky said...

Wow Jen...this is such a wonderful creation, you must be very proud. Love all of the elements you have bought together (and hope I get to see it in real life one day!).

Jacky xox

Lucy said...

Truly a 'work of art' & a 'labour of love' Congratulations Jen, its PERFECT!!!
Hugs Lucy

Linda Cain said...

A stunning work of ART. sometimes it's better to wait out the ideas. We're happier with the results.

TFS a treasure!

Linda

Kim said...

Wow Jen, what eye candy. The book looks fabulous. Would love to see this one in person!

kelsey said...

Gorgeous stuff Jen! So very textural and antique looking...love the moth!

Gaby Bee said...

You just blow me away with your artwork. What an fabulous book, Jen! It is full of amazing details and the most interesting elements. You've outdone yourself!
Gaby xo

Marie-Aimée said...

wow !! it's fantastic

Lady Di said...

Your creative expression is divine ... just gorgeous.

Sarah said...

Yeah for you for finishing such an amazing beautiful book. Of course its the moth that makes it..LOL Gee we had some laughs over that beautiful winged creature.
Now of course because the book is about nature and Charles Darwin is featured, dont u think it would be a great idea if it traveled north to its name sake of Darwin NT?? I think it would be a great idea and of course I will look after it like it was a new born baby..LOL Well done Jen, wish I could have seen it all togeather.

Tami Roth said...

AMAZING piece of art, Jen!!! Just breathtaking.
Thanks for sharing,
Tami

Ev said...

The book looks stunning Jen, I am looking forward to taking your classes next weekend (I have met you before at the Tim Holtz workshops which seem a lifetime ago). I don't often comment here but often pop in to see your beautiful work.

Julie H said...

Very nice Jen - love the little binoculars- How I wish I had the energy to drive to Perth this weekend and catch up with you.. Enjoy your time with Kelsey and Dawn.

diane said...

The old boniculars are definately way cool Jen! Love it, love it, love it!!

Viola said...

What a fantastic piece of art, Jen! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Ro Bruhn said...

Looks fabulous Jen, Judy's certainly a great teacher.

Tumble Fish Studio said...

Simply amazing . . . just amazing! Wow, wow, wow!

Seth said...

Really spectacular. I would love to see this one in person!

Night Owl Designs said...

Congrats on (almost!) finishing your book Jen. It's wonderful!

Debbi Baker said...

Absolutely wonderful Jen!! So excited to be doing your class at the next CS Retreat!! Going to push me out of my comfort zone that's for sure. Hope things have settled down on the health front for you and yours. Big hugs

lindacreates said...

I am speechless, and you know that is very unusual for me! Well done Sis!

Jamie said...

Jen this art piece is fantastic!!! I am so glad you shared the finished photos with us. I love the wee door knocker. And the moth is such a special touch. Your art never fails to leave me wishing I was there so I could see every nook and cranny. Have a wonderful weekend! Love, Jamie

Jo Horswill said...

Hi Jen...well how beautiful it is :)
Finally get to see that moth in place too :)

Mine's not finished...maybe one day :)

Sounds like you are busy with life, family, teaching. I've loved reading back through your last few post's, some great pics. Jo xx

Queen Of Toys said...

Running behind on my blogging and so glad to see this magnificent piece of artwork. Jen this is so perfect I love all of it, pitty the moth had to die, but you have given it another life and a good one too.

Thanks for the eyecandy

azirca said...

Stunning! I love everything that you have created here Jen.

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh Jen, I likey, likey!! It must feel great to finish it. I have one of the class projects to finish. I hope to take a class from you and Judy some day. Guess I'll just have to travel the world to get there! Your book is just fabulous.

rivergardenstudio said...

You have created a treasure here, I love the opening door, in the arch and the moth waiting to come alive again. I was away for awhile... so happy to be home and see your new work! Roxanne

ANNETTE HUSBAND said...

FINALY have a spare hour to blurf!!!Oh my Jen the book is stunning and you are better then me as I still haven't finished mine from Nina Bagley's visit in 2007....must shift the stuff off my desk and find it again.I think somehow it will have etched meatl in it now LOL.I had to go to Dick Smith today and hey Jen they now know me by name ROFL.Roll on Mon-wed so I can get some more etching done.Thanks too for popping by my blog...oh and look after that back of yours woman!!!
hugs
Annette

Susan Tuttle said...

such a talent you are -- those binoculars add just the right touch Jen:)

xo

Rein said...

Looks wonderful!

Seth said...

Brilliant piece Jen!! Having just taken a class with Judy I know how creative and motivating she can be!

Phix said...

WOW Jen...love what you have done with this book..the front cover is amazing. Love it Love it Love it!
Pam

Mel Connell said...

Love, love, love this book! can't wait to start mine.

venus said...

Wow Jen...this is such a wonderful creation, you must be very proud. Love all of the elements you have bought together .......
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