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Pairings book edition

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Posted 6/17/11


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.


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.


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”.


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.


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!

Vines in Prague

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Posted 7/9/09


Having a little time to sketch, I have been retrieving some images from my trip to Prague last year that I wanted to explore as art ideas. I recorded lots of imagery of vines, and this photo in particular was interesting to me.


I drew several explorations and this image above was an “early in the process” sketch. I do like the fun patterning on the drawing. It’s just not a sophisticated composition.


The image above is the last sketch I drew, and it is my favorite of the lot. Hopefully it will morph into an art quilt this fall and I can show the whole progression! I drew these sketches with sharpies and Inktense/watercolor pencils.

Sketchbook and belated Father’s Day

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Posted 7/2/09


Here are a few drawings from my mobile studio, my sketchbook.  The above drawing is my cute ipod in it’s crazy holder.


The above drawing is a belated shout out to my Dad for Father’s Day. I recently attempted to draw the contents of my parent’s closet when I was young.  It’s probably weird that I spent so much time there, but my parents had a lot of cool stuff in there. And besides, did YOUR Dad practice a brass instrument in his closet? The drawing of these memories led to more specific drawings of items in their closet. This is just a memory drawing of one of many Audubon guides my Dad always had. As a kid, I spent lots of time flipping through them and considering species of birds and plants.  I really enjoyed drawing the cool plastic texture of the cover. They were drawn with a sharpie, watercolor pencils and my cool watercolor brush.

Itching to make something

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Posted 6/17/09


I don’t know about you other creative obsessed individuals, but my skin starts to itch when I haven’t made spent some time physically creating something.  Without my studio handy, I pulled out my sketchbook and started to draw away. This sketch is drawn from a photograph my lovely sister took of my oldest niece. My niece created and sewed this “ice cream cone” herself and wanted to share it with me. I have had the photo on my bulletin board at work for a couple of years and just love it. I am enamored with the idea of an older version of Cat discovering this photographic documentation of one of her young creative endeavors. Also, I am super interested in self portraits in particular, but have never had a lot of drive to do any portraiture myself.  Lately I have been interested in working with crosshatching on drawings and a portrait seemed like a perfect exercise. It was a complete relief to do something creative, anything, NOW. Yes!

I feel less itchy now.