Part 6 of A Collaborative Artist’s Book With My Friend Chelsea Clarke

This post is the last of a six-part series detailing the assembly of a collaborative book between myself and my friend Chelsea, a talented illustrator as well as print and fiber artist (start at Part 1 here)! What a wonderful project – It got me doing things I don’t normally do (like making paper lichens) and Chelsea got to do some drawing, even though she is currently working more with wool and felt. This is why collaborative projects are neat, because they help you explore new avenues for your work.

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front of lichen handmade book by Ruth Bleakley and Chelsea Clarke rock wall illustration in a handmade accordion book by Ruth Bleakley and Chelsea Clarke rock wall drawing in an accordion book by Ruth Bleakley and Chelsea Clarke paper lichen handmade book by Ruth Bleakley and Chelsea Clarke front and back of lichen book by Ruth Bleakley and Chelsea Clarke closeup of drawing of lichens on rocks by Chelsea Clarke hand sewn lichen moss rock by Chelsea Clarke

I think the pictures really speak for themselves in this one – isn’t it nice to see a finished piece of work?

The last photo (above) is a picture of one of Chelsea’s lovely Fieldstone Pillows – hand stitched wool pillows made from recycled men’s wool blazers with hand-stitched lichens.

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Part 1 of A Collaborative Artist’s Book With My Friend Chelsea Clarke « In the Studio

[…] We put our heads together and came up with a collaborative artist’s book – Chelsea, a talented illustrator as well as print and fiber artist, would create the “innards” of an accordion book, and I would make the covers. This post is the first of a six-part series detailing the assembly of the book! If you want to make sure you catch all the steps, you can subscribe via email, or RSS feed. (or just keep checking back, I’ll have a new step every other day) Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 […]

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Cecilia

Beautiful book. What I like the most is the delicacy and simplicity of the materials and how it turned out so beautiful. Inspiring, thanks for sharing.

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Amber

I would love to do something like this with my kids, they are really into lichen right now and since we homeschool we can spend plenty of time getting this right 🙂 May I ask if the paper used to cut out the organic shapes/lichen was made by you, or something you purchased? I just want to make sure I at least get that correct before attempting this in the next few weeks! So beautiful. Thank you!!

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Ruth

Hi Amber! Thank you so much for your kind words. I made this back in 2012 so regrettably I can’t recall the exact paper. I didn’t make it, though, but I can’t remember where I found it, probably an art supply store in Boston. Best of luck!

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Amber

Hi Ruth, thats ok! No problem. I will stare at it for a while and see if I can find something similar 🙂 Thanks so much for the beautiful idea – looking forward to doing this with the kids 🙂

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