Monday, June 29, 2015

Haystack, Maine

I just got back from two weeks in Maine at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. I took a class taught by Rachel Meginnes, Triple Knot: Stitching, Writing, and Conversation. It was incredibly interesting to work outside my usual medium. Although while working with thread and cloth, I did manage to turn paper into "cloth" through the technique of shifu, a spun paper thread. It was a wonderful class, full of interesting conversations and new ideas. 

And next Friday, I am driving down to Penland School of Crafts to assist Jana Harper's class The What & the Why: Books as Idea Generators...

:: branch weaving ::

:: paper weaving ::

:: lichen hanging on a lichen thread ::

:: little experiments I made in the class ::

:: Penobscot Bay ::

:: halftone colors ::

:: pink lichen ::

Friday, June 5, 2015

Website Updated, & More News

:: Marianne Dages, Cloud Copy, transfer paper, paper clay, letterpress, 2015 ::

I recently updated my website, to reflect some of the work I've done in the last six months. There is lots of new work, new arrangements, new prints, and two new editions, A Single Frequency and Poems for Passing Ships

I am also working on a new book, as yet untitled, involving mirrors and text.

:: New book ! ::

Back in January, I was interviewed for a segment about the art of the book for the WHYY program Articulate with Jim Cotter. 

The segment which includes footage of my process and work, will air two more times.

- Thursday, 7/30 at 10:30 pm
- Sunday, 8/7 at 1 pm.



:: Clip with Articulate with Jim Cotter ::

If you don't have WHYY, you can still watch the full episode HERE, just the segment on books as art HERE and an interview extra with me about the value of art HERE.

This July, I will be assisting a Jana Harper's class, The What & the Why: Books as Idea Generators this summer at Penland School of Crafts. 

 :: Books by Jana Harper ::

The class runs July 5th - the 17th, there may even be a spot or two left, check HERE if you're interested in enrolling. I'm really looking forward to this, Jana is an amazing artist, this is going to be a fascinating class, the kind that will supply you with ideas for years to come.

And last but not least, if you missed the Summer Newsletter, with upcoming exhibitions and publications, you can read it HERE and sign up HERE to receive future ones every couple of months.  

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Alaska Journal

I've been on a bookbinding roll lately, trying to refine my hardcover binding technique and find the best possible way to refill old books. My goal is to make attractive, durable bindings that do not obscure the books original endpapers. 

This book is one I've had for several years, I bought it at a thrift store. In fact, it's appeared on this blog before. It's a National Geographic Collection of articles about Alaska. I read the book cover to cover (I am fascinated by cold, remote places) and kept it because I thought the cover design was lovely. 

The best part is that I was able to remove the library card from the discarded portion of the book and place it onto the back endsheet, a nice detail I thought. 

:: Alaska, cover :: 

:: Front inside, with original endsheets, new matching cloth hinge, and a new text block ::

 :: The book's original library card, salvaged and reattached ::

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Other Selections at The Center for Art in Wood


I will be showing new work in Other Selections: Local Artists Respond to The Museum Collection, at The Center for Art in Wood. The show will be up May 1st - July 18th. Tomorrow, Friday May 1st will be the First Friday opening event, from 5-8. This promises to be an incredible show, with diverse work from 19 Philadelphia Artists. I hope to see you there.

Artists: Jaime Alvarez, Todd Baldwin, Timothy Belknap, Marc Blumthal, Mark Brosseau, Lewis Colburn, Patrick Coughlin, Marianne Dages, Christina P. Day, Leslie Friedman, Jason Gandy, James Johnson, Ryan McCartney, Alexis Nutini, Joanna Platt, Terri Saulin Frock, H. John Thompson, and Tamsen Wojtanowski

:: A part of Reading Variations, letterpress print on paper and vellum, 2015, Marianne Dages ::


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Preparing for the Philadelphia Art Book Fair

:: a display portfolio for prints ::

I've been working long days and evenings getting ready for the Philadelphia Art Book Fair. All the little details for display, like pricing, packaging, etc. always take longer than I think they will, but it's starting to come together.

Mark Cohen will be speaking on Friday. He's one of my favorite artists. Seriously, you have to be pretty important to me and my practice to have made this little list below. There's some pretty heavy hitting programming scheduled, I suggest you take a look.


:: sketchbook drawings and list of influences ::

Saturday, April 11, 2015