Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Framed Lobster
(so cleverly named)

One of three series; the next being a bee then a raven. Ink and watercolor on Bristol.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Sadly, this was my last semester in the Book Arts. My last project, after a semester of focusing on folded paper was the Cootie Catcher (which i'm sure any girl knows how to make at one point or another in their lives). Its actually a real neat bit of origami that's easy to make. There are many variations of the fortune part but i wanted to keep it simple so i only have four numbers and fortunes.
The poems i picked were fun (if a bit depressing) focus on fortune:
Number 1
'The wheel of fortune turns I go down, demeaned another is raised up far too high' - Hecuba
Number 2
'Fate in health and virtue, is against me driven on, weighted down' - Carmina Burana
Number 3
'Fortune good night smile, once more turn thy wheel' - Shakespeare
Number 4
'And thus does fortune's wheel turn treacherousely and out of happiness bring men to sorrow'-Chaucer

The parts that were letter pressed were the actual fortune and the Colophon (the publishers mark stating where and when it was printed). It took some doing to make sure everything lined up correctly so when i folded them everything was in the right place.

As you can see it also makes a very interesting geometric form when you unfold it. Also in order for the numbers and decoration on the outside to work you have to do it on a diagonal, therefore those parts are hand done in a calligraphy pen and a hand-made stamp because diagonal on the press bed is a hair-ripping, homicidal-inducing experience i didn't want to go through. I'm sad that i'm not in the class anymore but very happy that the professor says i can come back and do more projects when i want to (and also help out with cleaning, volunteering and putting away type)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

capital and surplus over One Million Dollars
Victorian Odds n' Ends
Megan Jewett
Spring 2009

The Ladies Favorite Tiolet Preparation
nothing is more attractive than a lovely complexion.

From Asian shores; a most curious item, the noodle guard.

Cools and refreshes the skin during hot weather; removes and prevents
tan, sunburn, freckles, redness of the skin; soothes irritation.
Bottles, 4s. 6d. and 8s.; Half-sized Bottles, 2s.

Quick Cure for Indegstion; the Great Stomach Remedy!

Any lady who appreciates good fitting qualities, good wear,
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Stylish, child-restraint; guaranteed comfort

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Entry for the student art show; complete fluff called 'seeing spots'. not much of a point of putting a serious art piece in the show because for some strange reason the only person who ends up winning is the head of the Art Club (happens every year). This will probably get in the door but the pieces that end up winning are always huge ass paintings (seriously, like twenty by twenty feet) and odd sculpture pieces. Not that i have anything against painting (hell, i love oils, i wish i had more time to do them) and sculpture its more like the judge and people in the art club for some reason believe that the only real 'art' is cutting edge modernism. the weirder the more 'edgy' and artistic it is. over the last four years winning entries have been literally junk; this idiot went to the local dump picked up a broken record and it won first place. can you tell this aggravates the hell out of me? especially since i'm paying money to be in the contest? oh well, its cute, its got a lot of color, it'll look nice on my wall when the contest is over.