Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Green Book... as in Olive... as in Oil

When challenged with a 'No Paper' artist book call, I started looking around the house to see what was to be had. 
Thankfully, the timeline coincided with the last drop of olive oil from the giant tin in the pantry!
Lots of pictures for this one! Enjoy!

I just had to cut the covers from the part that included the bee! 
It coordinated perfectly with the leather binding,straps and cover protectors.

The longstitch binding worked great for sewing the signatures but pulling the needle and waxed thread through the metal covers needed some extra help from the pliers!
All twenty pages were from fabric scraps - the numbers on this page are from a selvedge strip.
Note that the tin edges are tapped to the inside about a sixteenth of an inch so the metal edge isn't sharp.
That is why the corners and the inside stitching are protected as well.

The pages are pinked, stitched to the buckram base on only three sides,
so the new owner can fill up these pockets herself.
I hear it's going to be full of recipes!

Closed, packed, mailed and, I hear from my art friend, residing in a new place of honor in her kitchen.
Bon Appétit!


  1. awesome, girl! :) love your site too. xoxo

  2. Wow I love this OLive book! I am in awe of you.

  3. Love your book! It is amazing what we can make our art with, just looking around everyday I find things that inspire me. Love your blog too!

  4. Is the cover made from tin, then? It looks like fabric in the photo. Such an absolutely lovely book!!

  5. Teri, the covers are made from the front and back of a large olive oil tin... cut very carefully with tinsnips and the edges bent back with jewerly pliers to remove the sharp edges.
    The spine is leather and the pages are fabric collage pockets on buckram.
    glad you liked it. thanks.