Wednesday, March 5, 2008

ACCORDION BOOK

As you can see, while I was enrolled in my visual journaling class last year, I was very prolific and motivated to produce art. My job ended abruptly just about the same time the classes were over, and I lost my motivation. I lost hope.

I found this accordion book on sale for $2.50 at Hobby Lobby and used it as the basis of a series of variations on the theme of Emily Dickinson's "Hope" poem (see previous post).
There are still many pages left in this accordion book, and I still have lots of images to use. I would dearly like to regain my motivation - and my hope - and finish the book.

Below: My hopes for 2007. Some came true, some didn't.


Below: Emily's poem and her portrait.



Below: Front cover with metal "Hope" plate and ribbon and bead trim.


I used a lot of browns and other subtle colors because I always think of Emily Dickinson as being a shy, quiet, even drab wren. But Emily, like wrens, could trill the most beautiful notes when she wanted to.

13 comments:

Kate said...

Julie,

This is my first trip over here. Your art is wonderful. I love the Hope book, just wonderful.

Kate

Gemma said...

This is gorgeous!
Love it Julie!!!Love how you incorporated Emily Dickinson's poetry and the art...
"hope is a thing with feathers"
Bravo!

KJ said...

You've come up with some beautiful things here, Julie! I love to cut and paste—and I can see you share this passion!

KJ

AnnieElf said...

Julie, I love your Emily Dickinson book. You keep working on that treasure and HOPE will take root in you. xxoo Annie

Lady Laurie said...

This poem by Emily Dickinson is especially meaningful to me and my Dad, it is a favorite of both of ours and even more so since my Mom died. The Hope book you did is so beautiful Julie!

GreenishLady said...

Hi, Julie, I've come over here for the first time, and am charmed with your artwork. That book is delightful, and I can understand your bafflement about the Autumn in Tuscany pieces. They are beautiful.

IsabellaCloset said...

Julie, I love your new blog. Your art work is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with all of us...
Blessings ~Mary~

Carmen said...

I can't believe you have been hiding all of this fantastic art and journey from me....
I love it !!!
p.s. I am working on the hope word for a magazine submission too, LOL

Bimbimbie said...

Dear Julie, you have brightened up my afternoon with your art*!*

oldmanlincoln said...

I have four adult girls (women actually) who go nuts making these kinds of books and things. I don't know how to get you all together but maybe you can click my name and go to my brookville blog and from there find them in my link bar.

Shop girl said...

This was so nice...thank you for coming by. I peeked at your blog and loved every minute. Love the Hope book. I will return if you would not mind...so many beautiful
thoughts you share.
Mary...I am alittle bit Irish.

Shop girl said...

Julie,
You are the first to come to my new blog...
I don't get self help books either, if I am a wreck, I will probably stay this way. Yikes! But this book caught me.
I really enjoyed your Celtic Lady blog...it is very special. I will be back.
Your art/poetry is very clear, I am not a strong reader, it takes time for me to read a book with understanding. But I never forget a book I have read.
Can you believe that bag, I never find this kind of thing. Our winter is coming to a end, and as soon as the snow is gone and the sun is even slightly warm, it is time for the big hunt...YARD SALES. I didn't go last Spring or summmer, I was not well, so I am really ready. Have a great week, Mary

Charli and me said...

Hi Julie,
Thank you for your comments on my blog. I love your blog too. I think we are a lot alike and I will be following yours. As soon as I can figure out how to get my side bar unlocked I want to add you to my favorites too. I hope you have a wonderful day.