The Collections collaboration book is finally ready to leave the desk! A feeling of relief washed over me as I completed the last portion of the book. It was started by Minnesota artist Cathe Jacobi. You can check out her blog Amaryllislog HERE. Her book was the first to arrive and I now have a taste of adding work into the collaboration. Two more books to go!
On the first page I added marbles from my childhood collection. They seemed appropriate to accompany the Atlas jar.
Next Page: Cathe’s stones and feathers have such a delicate feeling. I too have quite a pile of stones but thought it would be better to add a few bone drawings. The skulls are overhead sketches of a bird (from a friend at the coast), and the more menacing one was extracted from an owl pellet a few months back. I got a bit pen crazy on the vole skull!
Cathe’s full spread is elegant and beautifully arranged. Her lettering is well crafted and placed on the page….. I’m totally in love with her subject and style!
For my full spread, I went eclectic. It was difficult to choose items because I have so many things tucked all over the studio. Shells, bones, seedpods and tools survived the eraser. Actually, there was an awful lot of eraser work that happened on this spread and the walrus tooth and fish jaw didn’t make the finals. I’m thankful Cathe used really good paper to withstand the changes! So what’s on the page? I included a wishbone waiting for a wish, a welk and urchin shell, magnolia and iris seedpods, ginkgo leaf, and a mystery tool that has been solved thanks to Cathe, Anna and Karen. The items were arranged as I worked through the page. The lettering (like my brain and studio) was haphazardly placed throughout the work.