I thought I’d share a few random details from my natural habitat (aka The Studio). And, just like my studio, it will have no particular order.
This shelf features a few parody “pharmaceuticals,” among other things. There are also bottles from real (now withdrawn from the market) pharmaceuticals I’ve actually been prescribed, as well as souvenirs from when my husband was sent to (the now infamous) Dr. Moon of Redding many years ago… The purple rubber kidney was a gift from a good friend in memory of her late husband who’d been on dialysis.
This is another shelf. It features… stuff.
Bookends with flat backs make excellent little shelves when mounted to the wall.
Below is another bookend shelf… among other things. There’s enough room on the bookend to fit a large plastic raven:
Thread… Almost as bad a fetish as the one I have for paper. I have come to appreciate the difference good, beautiful thread makes on the overall quality and look of a handmade book. And, at least for me, a spool can last for years. *Supply note below.
Drawers are a bit of a fetish too. This is a close-up of the one above near the raven. (Yes, the proximity of “Knives” to “First Aid” was intentional).
This little roll holder is made from a large paper clip. It’s attached to one of those wire shelves that hangs under a shelf. The receipt paper is great for notes and for folding mock-ups of book pages.
Nearby hangs a metal strip with some magnets. The magnets are strong enough to hold some of my tools. These needles are a pack of darners sized 1-5 from the craft store. They’re cheap and work well for bookbinding. (Although Buechertiger has also gotten me into harness needles, which are not so cheap, but, depending upon the size, are strong, nice and big (but not too big) and dull-ended — perfect for someone with clumsy hands like me. Still, I have a fondness as well for my darners.
Mesh desktop organizers are great for holding rulers, and it’s easy to put screws through them for hanging. This one is hanging from a shelf. There’s another, smaller one meant for holding business cards mounted next to it. It holds bone folders.
Friends to keep me company…
(This blog began in 2009 with a post about the black widows in the studio. Spiders have been a running theme for a long time.)
Evidence of actual work in (on again-off again) progress. I really have not forgotten about those Book•Art•Object editions! Life has interfered in great ways with me getting them finished. But my goal for this year is to finally do that. This is Superstition. Or, rather, the second time around with Superstition. I almost finished the entire edition well over a year ago, but a technical disaster (among other things) struck. It all had to be scrapped and redone. A tale of angst I have not yet brought myself to write about.
Here’s also a sneak peak of “Poison,” which is a little simpler to assemble. I’m hoping to finish it first.
Yes — they really are printed, and have been for over a year (the copyright date printed on them is 2013!). Alas, extended time in the studio when I’ve been lucid enough to work has been hard to come by. As it stands, more delays are ahead, including another scheduled visit to my favorite far away medical complex(es)… But I do plan to be gluing some “Poison” spines before then (… she types, while knocking on her wooden desk).
*Supply note: An excellent source for high-quality unwaxed (and other) linen threads is Buechertiger’s supply shop on Etsy. We’re friends (full disclosure), but I’m also a happy customer.