Monday, May 26, 2008

Blue Bible



I made a video of Blues Bible. I just can't upload it. There's probably a way...but I don't know it. This is a rather LARGE altered/altared book. When shut, it measures 14 3/8" x 10 3/8" x 4 1/4". It weighs a lot too. There's over 230 pages. I didn't even try to include images of all the spreads; but most are now on two separate slide shows.

Part One is here.

Part Two is here.

To create this book, I completely took apart the original late 19th century Bible and watercolored dozens of pages. I strengthened the fold with fabric applied with WonderUnder and also zigzag stitching. I arranged the spreads into signatures and collaged. It took hours to bind and two days to glue back together, using Yes paste and weights.

It is headed to my exhibition at the Pickens County Museum which I install on Friday, June 13. I've still working on the kneeler and the stand for this book.

17 comments:

Guzzisue said...

so much hard work, looks fantastic!!

Carol said...

What an achievement! It's amazing, well done you!

Doreen G said...

You do book binding as well--is there no end to your talents Susan?
What an amazing book you have made.

indigocarole said...

Susan, there are no words to describe this achievement. I wanted to read every page. It was so moving. Congratulations.

Carole

paulahewitt said...

wow!

arlee said...

A tour de force, my dear!

Stitchety Grub said...

Wow! Susan ... this is absolutely stunning! ... fantastic
Britt West Australia :D

Shirley Anne Sherris said...

Hi
What painstaking work - well not a pain obviously but didn't sound right saying patiencetaking which it undoubtfully was. Looks lovely.
Cheers

Wanda said...

I just had no idea!! I didn't realize that you had PAGES of things in the Blue Bible as well! I just can't believe it. I am in awe.

artisbliss said...

This is just amazing, Susan. I've done a couple of altered books and I know how painstaking they are. Can't wait to see the kneeler, too.

Doreen K. said...

Awesome book!!!

Lizbethem said...

I am at a loss for words, Susan. This Bible is nothing short of BRILLIANT!

Dawn said...

ASTOUNDING!!!! A TRULY LEGENDARY PIECE OF ART. THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE IN THIS BLUES BIBLE IS TOTALLY INCREDIBLY AMAZING!!! THIS SHOULD BE PUBLISHED..... GOOD LUCK WITH THE EXHIBITION

Karen said...

Such an amazing tribute to women of the blues. Beautifully done!

Miz_Cat said...

This is truly amazing work and such a loving tribute to a fine group of ladies. I just love it. The work must have taken forever to do. Kudos and hats off to a Master in the art of altered books....awesome.

alcoholinky said...

what a stunning book. i have really enjoyed looking at this

beadbabe49 said...

I was looking at this while at work yesterday and I just couldn't believe it...it's huge and fantastic and an awesome tribute to the ladies of the blues...kudos to you, susan!