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this is another one of my newest spirit journals. its covers are make of bird’s nest paper and the front is adorned with the first (or second?) world tree/tree of live patch i made.
the twig on the spine of this 6×9″ handmade artist book (i actually call them “spirit books”) is elder. a dear lady friend from nova scotia sent me a large bundle of them for my ogham sets as they don’t grow here. in celtic lore, the elder represents cycles: death, rebirth, renewal and regeneration. it’s also a symbol of creativity.
you can view additional photos and details here: http://aliciacaudle.com/art/shop/world-tree-book-alicia-caudle.php
(this book is sold, thank you)
it’s been so long since i’ve blogged that it took a few to even remember how to create a new post. that’s pretty sad (i say whilst giggling at myself). after this long i don’t expect many people to even realize this blog even exists anymore.
though i’ve been quiet in wordpress land, i’ve been quite busy with art and shamanic work. i had started my learning in the native american/lakota traditions but veered onto the path of celtic and nordic shamanism once i received the call to start working with my ancestors. what a magical and wildly beautiful ride it’s been! a life balanced between family, art and healing couldn’t be more perfect for me. i’ve been blessed with an amazing teacher and mentor and am now offering services in soul retrieval, deposession, destiny tracking, green energy healing, illumination healing, curse unraveling, and a host of other things… but i digress. i’m also starting quarterly handmade book and spirit journal workshops which is partially how this came to fruition.
after months of the pieces sitting in my studio, i finally completed it. while taking photos of it i realized how much i miss blogging and reading everyone’s posts and viewing their photos so i’m jumping back in again.
this is newest nature spirit journal is made from fig twigs, a natural piece of coral i found on the beach in hawaii, hemp twine, bird’s nest and other natural handmade papers, recycled brown paper pages and recycled sari silk.
also, a small celtic knotwork piece on the front.
complete with classic tie closure like i always do.
the binding colors were inspired by the colors of the seasonal cycle of an oak, which is one of my favorite trees. (all of these recycled silk ribbons came from mudhound studio on etsy — lisa’s shop is amazing!)
the inside covers and flaps have some gorgeous handmade paper with natural leaves and other nature bits. it’s so yummy and delicate.
the inside pages are a recycled earthy brown color… and of course there is a gorgeous drilled stone at on the bottom of the attached silk bookmark.
i’ve just listed it up for sale in my etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/258914663/handmade-nature-spirit-journal-art
i’m book obsessed. i think i’ve made about 30 in the past two months, but this one i made for my shop since it’s been so barren over there that i could practically hear crickets. the others were for art fairs and gifts, but this one is for you. 😉 my camera is weird and tries to make things look more pristine than they are.
i like to fool around with different weird binding techniques that i dream up but this time i was going to just cover the spine with fabric. however, when i was done, i liked the rough and rustic look of it so i altered my original plan.
oooh, alicia-style crackle! you can click to enlarge, if you’re interested.
and… a classic back pocket. gotta have a place for those secrets, i always say!
i also spent some time working on my butterfly for the butterfly project. if you haven’t heard of it, here is the short version: the holocaust museum in houston, texas, which is dedicated to educating people about the holocaust, remembering the 6 million jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors’ legacy. fast forward to their project, the butterfly project is to remember the 1,500,000 innocent children who perished as a result of the holocaust by collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. i’ve started mine and will be finishing it this weekend with my family. both the husby and the son wish to make one because we think this is such a beautiful tribute to a horribly tragic historical event. many of the husb’s ancestors were lithuanian jews. two dresses studio has graciously offered to forward the butterflies to the museum and we’ll be sending ours off soon.
this is the start to mine (lace, embroidery, recycled sari silk, salvaged fabric from a once-gorgeous dress from the 50s, etc… and i think i will cover the black stitching ’cause i may now hate it):
now, i have to plug my sweet friend lisa jurist because i adore her and her gorgeous products have facilitated my whole book-making extravaganza lately. without her, my binding would be ever so bland! if you do not know her, you must visit her blog and etsy shop and i assure you, you will adore her too. i have a mudhound shopping fetish so a couple of weeks ago when i realized i was low on her amazing recycled silks, i popped over to get more. see how amazingly lovely this silk is!!
and in the package, that super sweet, ever-so-generous girl sent me this amazing miniature vintage printer’s drawer (she sells these in her etsy shop too!). i’m in love and can’t wait to get some of my wonderful little victorian babies and poison bottles into it. thanks so much, lisa!!
despite being mucho busy with family stuff and travel plans the past several weeks, i’ve managed to get a few new things made and posted in my shop over the past couple of days. i have TONS of new stuff to add (soon) that i find to be quite exciting. some examples are: vintage german cuckoo clock movements, vintage radio parts (variable capacitors, to be exact) that are ever so cool looking, vintage framed victorian prints, etc. i should probably leave some stuff out for an element of surprise… though those are, quite admittedly, the coolest things.
here is a peek of some of the other things i’ve already posted:
i’m sure you’d believe it when i told you that i got the brass bells , porcupine quills and vintage brass/porcelain knobs almost a year ago to add to the site. you know i’m slow!
i’ve also added several new collage sheets. these are just a few:
you can go peek if interested, but some of the new ones are vintage dancing girls, cemeteries and mausoleums, geishas and vintage men.
more exciting than images printed on paper, is my newest journal. it turned out so fabulously “alicia” that i was quite reluctant to put it in my shop — i kinda felt that i should keep it… almost. it’s not that i don’t have an over-abundance of art journals, but you know…
i also made some more of those addictive charlottes, among other stuff. i swear i can make 1000 of those before i tire of them, or at least 43. they are so sweet and fun!
next tasks: finish and post stuff for the pulp redux collaboration, finish a piece for a challenge my friend lish came up with, finish my new first couple of pieces in a new series i’m doing… oh yeah, and get my act together with the zine and post the info here so everyone knows where my head is. in the meantime, here is the teeny-tiniest peek at my new stuff:
that doesn’t really give any ideas, now does it? more soon. 🙂
i have been so incredibly busy these past few weeks that i feel like not one thing is getting my full attention or dedication, so i’m going to phase out for a few days. i have five week old emails that i have yet to respond to (and fully intend to), web client work to do, people to call, and a zine to finish, not to mention 11 started pieces of art for a gallery, art fair thingy, bar “exhibit”, challenges and swaps… all of which need my love and less-divided attention.
despite it all, i had the opportunity to relax a bit and see an adult film with my husby yesterday (it’s his birthday today!). by “adult film” i mean nothing naughty… just a rated R movie, which doesn’t happen often as our six year old is generally in tow (he got to go to the enchanted forest with my sister, whose birthday was yesterday, as she wanted a wee bit of child-like fun). anyway, we saw district 9. loved it. we wanted to see inglorious basterds (they spelled it wrong, not me), but that one was too long for the allotted time frame we had — let me know if you’ve seen it and if it’s good (but don’t tell me anything about it or i’ll beat you up). please and thank you.
i also took the time to do a page in my art journal, albeit very little time. it’s been a VERY long time since i’ve done anything “me-esque” so although it’s nothing fancy, it felt good to do something for myself. i really cheated though because the main part of the page is an ATC i did based upon a challenge debbie and i started a few months ago (atc/interpretive piece based upon a tarot reading for each other). the card is a door that opens to tell the story. haven’t done that part yet but like i said, i’m busy.
you can see some of the detail here and the lady’s face on the left (hey, it pertains to my reading):
as of this moment, i have spent 114 hours on the black and white zine between layout, design, photo editing and correspondence. i’m insane. but i do think that everyone will be quite thrilled with how it turns out. i’m really almost done, promise. just need to take a bit of time for other stuff for a wee bit ’cause i’m getting too stressed and mildly grumpy due to a 5 day headache, whine, whine. not to ruin the surprise, but here is the cover i did late last night (you will see bits of your art in it, most likely, as every contributor has a little glance — some way more obvious than others).
i hadn’t realized there were so many other secret math and science geeks around “these parts”. and i have a question for you: if you took a .4mm thick piece of paper, and it was actually possible to fold it as many times as you would need to, how many folds would it take for its thickness to be enough to reach the moon? (of course the paper would be more narrow than a strand of hair and obviously a total impossibility, but shhh. let’s forget logic just for a moment.) i was surprised to find it to be far less than i would have imagined (heard it on the radio the other night from a math guy). i already provided a very obvious hint… so you can do the math.
anyway, see you soon. i shall be “back” at the end of the week and the zine should be posted and bursting at the seems with non-colorful but utterly fabulous black and white art… and it’s bigger than the last one. shortly thereafter i will post all participants on the side bar and get the rest of things in order and up to date.
later addition after the fact to myself and all fellow pisces people (jo!). i just read this free will astrology for us for the week and wanted to share for silly fun:
If you build it, they will probably come. If you just pretend to build it, they may come anyway, and end up sticking around because of your charming attunement to life’s deeper rhythms. If, as you build it or pretend to build it, you act manic or send out mixed messages, they may be intrigued and attracted, but they definitely won’t come. So my advice, Pisces, is to suppress your mood swings as you at least start pretending to build the thing in earnest.