Naomi S Adams Austin Quilter of Killer Bee Designs

Archive for June, 2011

Surface Design Association Conference

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Posted 6/23/11

I had a lovely time at the Surface Design Association Conference this month! I traveled to the lovely city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  I saw so many lovely images and met lots of interesting artists.  As the SDA Creative Promise Award for Student Excellence Graduate Recipient for 2010, I also have a lovely spread in the current issue of the Surface Design Journal.

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My work is still on display through August in the fair city of St. Paul in the Currents show at the Larson Gallery on the University of Minnesota Campus. I was pleased to be able to see the Surface Design Association Student Show in person.  Envy was awarded Second Place in this show!

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I thought I’d share a few links of the lovely things you will want to purchase or investigate that I garnered during the conference. Enjoy!

Books and Resources:

India Flint, Natural Plant Dyes and Techniques
http://www.indiaflint.com/index.htm
Book: Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles
http://www.amazon.com/Eco-Colour-Botanical-Beautiful-Textiles/dp/1596683309/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308693416&sr=8-1

Chunghie Lee, Korean Wrapping Bundles
New Book: Bojagi and Beyond
Order through bojagiandbeyond@gmail.com

Carolyn Kallenborn, Woven Lives DVD about Oaxacan Weaving Traditions.
http://www.vidasentretejidas.com/
http://www.amazon.com/Woven-Lives-Entretejidas-Carolyn-Kallenborn/dp/B0051UHDCC

Natalie Alabama Chanin, USA Cottage Hand Sewn Sustainable Clothing
http://alabamachanin.com/
Books: Alabama Stitch Book
http://www.amazon.com/Alabama-Stitch-Book-Celebrating-Contemporary/dp/B004KAB3FC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1308693608&sr=8-2

Alabama Studio Style
http://www.amazon.com/Alabama-Studio-Style-Celebrating-Sustainable/dp/B00509CRDY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308693608&sr=8-1

Cave Paper: Handmade Papers by Amanda Degener and Bridget O’Malley
www.cavepaper.com

Spoonflower, Custom Printed Fabrics
www.spoonflower.com

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Book Arts Residencies/Fellowships
http://www.mnbookarts.org/index.html

LFN Textiles: Artist’s Ribbons by Laura Foster Nicholson
http://www.lfntextiles.com/servlet/StoreFront

Jiyoung Chung: Joomchi, traditional Korean Papermaking process
Book: Joomchi and Beyond
http://www.jiyoungchung.com/

Pairings book edition

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Posted 6/17/11

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I just finished casing in my edition of 6 artist books, Pairings. Since the illustrations are hand drawn, it is an edition variee. While they are extremely similar, the illustrations make it impossible for each book to be exactly the same. I think it adds charm.

The letterpress type in this book was created on a Vandercook Print Press at Texas Woman’s University.  I used some fabulous big metal type to create impressions on watercolor paper with hand torn edges.

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There are seven pairings in the book.  Each book is 9 1/2″ H x 6″ W. Each book has 20 pages and 14 hand drawn illustrations. Each pair is a wine and cheese that I love best together. I had to do some serious research. In this case, a lot of wine and cheese had to be consumed. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.

The binding is a sewn retchoso binding that allows the book to lay flat when the viewer reads it. I remembered to take a photo before they got cased in. Lovely. The cover title is also letterpressed onto a lovely textured green paper.

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Although lighthearted in many ways, the book also poses my thoughts about pairings and how I feel our culture presents that we are better or more whole if we are coupled up with that special someone. Each pairing has their own phrase associated with this idea, such as “two peas in a pod” or “coupling”.

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You see the wine and cheese together, overlaid through a window that showcases the matched set and both of their best qualities. When you turn the page, the cheese stands alone and the wine is left incomplete, with a hole in the bottle.

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To purchase a book, please visit my etsy store here or contact me. I worked on this edition with Mary Kathryn Wimberly at Texas Woman’s University. Thank you, Mary Kathryn!