Arthouse Coop Sketchbook Tour 2015 – Done, Polished, Posted

Front Cover

Front Cover

Some of the pages were polished – those to which I added beeswax or encaustic wax. The sketchbook was a progression of my artistic exploration Below the Line, a phrase from Deepak Chopra’s book Quantum Healing.

I dismantled the sketchbook and ecoprinted some of the pages using plant matter and techniques developed by textile artist India Flint and described in her book Eco Color: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles.

I boiled the sketchbook cover in a sphagnum moss dye. I added new pages – eco-printed paper coffee filters – which are essentially pockets – and into which I placed leaves and sometimes rusted objects such as staples, nails, rods. All, pages and coffee filters, I rolled up into tight bundles, bound them with recycled sari silk yarn and steamed for 2 hours. I left the bundles to one side for one or more weeks before unrolling them to reveal the prints made by the plant material, rust, sari silks and pressure.

AH Coop 2015 36 and 37 30 March 2015The damage to the papers caused by the process I repaired by stitching, patching, and sometimes discarding where some were too damaged to mend. I included some pages made of organza that had been rust-dyed.  Onto these I transfer-printed symbols: vocabulary that developed from my Below the Line researches.

In addition to the organic arrived, accidentally, the geometric: squares, triangles, circles, in the form of stitches, patches, transfers and folds. I also added to some of the pages melted beeswax/encaustic. I think the wax is to do with embalming, preserving.

AH Coop 2015 26 and 27 30 March 2015Collecting, considering, contemplating, chucking, compiling, collating; finally, fixing the book back together – one line of machine stitching down the middle.

At the heart of the book a mystery is AH Coop 2015 4 and 5 30 March 2015unfolding. What is Below the Line?

There are 41 images in the book.

It may just have arrived in New York, the Brooklyn Art Library, where it will be digitised and catalogued, then sent round the US for a year, in the company of thousands of other sketchbooks. Every time someone checks it out to view, I will get an email to tell me.

AH Coop 2015 16 and 17 30 March 2015



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5 Responses to Arthouse Coop Sketchbook Tour 2015 – Done, Polished, Posted

  1. milliethom says:

    I can see that a lot of skill and hard work went into producing this sketchbook, Ann, and it looks amazing. I doubt that the photos – good as they are – do the actual pages justice.

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    • AnnIsikArts says:

      You’re very kind. I try to keep the images as close to the originals as possible but it’s not possible to exactly replicate an image – at least for an amateur (me) – and as I’m sure you know art can be extremely difficult to photograph. I’m doing a slideshow of the whole book and will post it when it’s finished. 🙂

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  2. What a fascinating read about the process of your Arthouse Coop Sketchbook! Wish it would come to a Museum near me, so I could view it. You are so talented, and you obviously love your art. I hope you get los of emails from having lots of viewers of your Art Book!

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    • AnnIsikArts says:

      It would be great if you could get to see my sketchbook! The tour will take place in the summer and will go to galleries in
      Brooklyn, Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Seattle. I don’t have all the details yet. I visited the exhibition a few years back when it came to London. It as good fun and I met some other artists who took part. 🙂


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