Library Freak – because books are badass.

I am a serious book-loving artist and a proud library freak. Art and books are two of my biggest passions. When I can combine my love of both, as in this bookmark, it makes me very happy.

I’m also a bit of a Luddite when it comes to books: I like to read them printed on paper. I love the feel of a book in my hands, its heft or lightness. As precious as they are to me, I don’t treat my books very well. Dog-eared pages abound in my favorite ones even though I am a collector and committed user of bookmarks. Sometimes you’ve just got to turn down the corner of a page. I do try to resist that impulse with library books, although I’m not always successful.

Books are badass. Go read one. And if you’d like a library freak bookmark of your own, you can buy some here: Library Freak bookmark.  Or stop by my place this Saturday during the Oak Cliff Studio Tour  and pick some up then.

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Scareletts read!

Update: Scareletts Read bookmarks are now available in the DMA’s museum store and in my Etsy shop.

Piece created for the upcoming BooksmART festival at the Dallas Museum of Art. It will be reproduced as bookmarks – come visit me at the festival and buy one for yourself! Inspired by “Scareletts”, little plush creatures invented by my niece Scarlett Deering. See more on my Scareletts page.

BooksmART at the Dallas Museum of Art

I’ve been invited to participate as an artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s first annual BooksmART festival, an all-day celebration of literacy and the arts on June 11. I am delighted as books and art are easily two of my very favorite things – and an event that combines the two? Fantastic! Some of my reading-related artworks caught the eye of the DMA’s director of programming and thus the invitation. I’ll post more details as I know them.

The well-read cat

Another mixed media work. I suffered some minor consternation about desecrating a book to use for the background, but I got over it. ; -) It was an old paperback that had been sitting on a dusty shelf in a thrift store for what I imagined was a very long time and destined never to be read again. So I used the pages and the words in a work of art and that seems like a fine and fitting finale. And the cat is so enjoying the book.