Kinetic Text workshop is coming up!

cutting into bookfront bag of bonesback bag of bonesI am really looking forward to the October Kinetic Text workshop. It is my chance to introduce people to the fun of simple machines & automata and their use in moving text. Come join as we play with cranks, cams, and push rods. I can attest to the crazy-joy you get the first time you build something that can move! Class is at the Downtown Main  Public  Library  in Nashville  at  615 Church Street, Oct 19th at 9:30 am – 1:30. Bring your tools: X-Acto knife, blades, hole punches, paper drills, scissors, glue brushes, etc.  There will be some available for those of you who aren’t equipped,  but there will be a lot of cutting and construction and I find it is easier if your using your own tools. I am sorry but this class is now full, to have your name added to the waiting list, feel free to call: Liz Coleman at 615-862-5804  x6092.


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Back from Grand Marais

I had a wonderful time at the North House Folk School workshops. Classes were filled with people who came to play and work hard and I am truly grateful for both!birch classJeaanie & Olya

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Fall workshops


Birch bound secret belgiumI will be teaching two book making classes at North House Folk School in Grand Marais MN, next month during their Unplugged Weekend, which helps support the school. One with Twigs and Twine and one with Birch panels, Sept 13th & 14th. If you have never been, it is a wonderful experience to roam the shores of Lake Superior at the edge of the North Woods.  Please look them up online and see if you can picture yourself in that environment. It is magnificent!

I have another fall workshop taking place in Nashville at the Main downtown library on Kinetic Texts & automata on Oct 19th, beginning at 9;30. We will turn salvaged books into machines! There are some examples in my Kinetic Text section if you are interested. Join us for some fun and a quick (4 hour) intro into simple automata. You can check availability with Liz Coleman, who runs the library’s wonderful community workshop program.  automata5

Note: the Kinetic Text workshop is now full, but you’re very welcome to add your name to a waiting list by calling Liz Coleman @ 615 862-5804 x6092




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New series: Articulation & Kinetic Text

The last few years I have been considering possible ways to combine the elements of time and movement in my work. The new series explores the various forms and meanings of articulation, which I’m hoping to incorporate into a muti-media installation that will include music written by my husband: Bill Cooley;  & son, Aaron Cooley;

Exploring automata and simple machines built from materials scavenged from the studio, the new series has also been a challenge to repurpose items normally thrown out.

Hopefully, I will soon be posting photos on the book arts page of my first completed works of the installation, KINETIC TEXT. This segment explores books that move & and text with rhythm.  I’ll continue to post photos as works are completed on the assemblage/ installation page as well as the book arts section, so check back for progress- N.

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7/3/2012- adding a new book to the book section. Malcolm was made from all the prints as well as the plates used in a days worth of printing. Last year I wanted to learn dry-point and decided to teach myself on acrylic plates. The plates wear out after about 10 pulls so there is no consistency but the images were great and each so unique. This June I came across the box of prints where I found I had 20 mono-prints  so I decided to turn them all into a process journal with a story. Turned into a day in the life of Malcolm. Everything that was generated on that day is now bound with some additional media added to some of the prints. I enjoyed the process and the challenge. Think I may clean out more of the studio as a result!

2/17/12- Just back from from trip to Paris & Amsterdam. Hoping to include some of the visuals in my new pieces. There are  some experimental books as well as sculptural works in progress and I will unveil the pieces and the process once I get more organized. My press room studio is nearly completed and I will be working on new prints as part of this year’s big project. Hopefully, I will continue to post new images and information in a more timely manner, so check back regularly.


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