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The Sensuous Life by hogret The Sensuous Life by hogret
Double page spread with centre cut-out tip-in page in an altered book (a 1940's lithograph of The Spanish Tragedie 1599)

Collage: Paper, ink, stitching, paper-weaving, packing tape transfers, gold foiling pen, Japanese masking tape, acetate transparencies.

The tip-in page in the centre flips over to overlay either the left or the right spread.
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wretched-frail Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
what are the acetate transparencies? are these images youve printed onto acetate?
hogret Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Check out my tutorial at [link]
I print out images on overhead transparency sheets - make for wonderful transparent layers.
LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Fabulous. Loving the textures. Are you working on fabric pages? Are those stitches, pray tell???
hogret Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
The textures are luscious - I got carried away just with colours and feel and didn't think too much about content.

Yup, stitches! My newest discovery. This book has paper with quite a high rag content, so I can run the edges of the pages through the sewing machine. Either with thread (as in this page and the Emily Dickinson page) or without thread - then you get a wonderful texture of holes, especially if you use a fancy stitch. If you then ink the pages over the holes, the ink sinks in and makes wonderful patterns. Also adds an intriguing Braille-like texture to the back of the page. You must try it!
LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
I can't find my old sewing machine! When last seen, it was in the attic, but we took everything apart and it just is not there. I have been dying to move into some very simply stichery. I do have bobbin-tensioning issues (don't we all?), but I have this vision of creating a book with fabric and paper pages, and then learning a simple coptic stitch for binding. But no sewing machine! And it would be too much for handwork. Grrrrr. Your stuff is marvelous, and the Well done.
hogret Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Oh yes. I lose my sewing machine all the time. It was recently resuscitated out of the garden shed by athalour, who was feeling domestic. And while it was out I hijacked it for collage. Bobbin tensioning issues luckily don't matter when you're collaging - the snargle of thread is just another interesting texture!

I'm also being tempted by bookbinding ... maybe *widdywoo can give us lessons?
LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
I bound a fabric cover to a book last night. It looks rough, and there are selvage edges sticking out at top and bottom, but I laced the fabric on both cover pieces (thanks,crop-o-dile), and that part does look cool. The fabric came from another of Emma's thrift even had rickrack along the waist, which I incorporated. I'll figure out the selvage later, but right now the fabric is moving me. I've decided to investigate sewing machines to see if there is a really generic simple model that just performs random stitchery. Seems like a child's machine would do for all that I would use it for.
hogret Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Oh fun fun fun. Have you checked out #Book-arts?
LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Yup, I'm a member so I get all the posts. Neat-o stuff there. Some very serious stuff, too.
AeliaNaqwiDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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