Saturday, 27 March 2010

Altered Books and an Open Home....


Heavenly....
Reality...
Before the chains of the well lead to ....
Hell

Lifting the shroud....

The tree....finished...pages turn to reveal the pages shown above...

Layers and...
layers...
Ok, lots of lovely photos, but I better fill you in now on my thought processes to date.  Last time I posted about this book, I talked a little about the Anglo Saxon belief in Yggdrasil - the World Tree.  This mythological construct comprised of three parts: Asgard - the Upperworld (Heaven), Misgard or Middle Earth (our subconscious existence) and Hel (Underworld) see my last posting for more detail on this.

When Rome invaded Britain, it also brought with it Christianity.  Christianity by-passed the Anglo Saxons for some time, however.  Then, during the early Dark Ages, it slowly began to break down the resistance of the upper echelons of society and many conversions took place. Incredibly, and maybe somewhat surprisingly, the Saxon belief system was not lost during the conversions; instead, it was assimilated and in a sense preserved.  In my pages (the first three you see) - I have tried to illustrate this assimilation and evolution.
These last photos, below, show how I have begun to look at these Anglo Saxon constructs in more detail...
So, the shroud photo to the left of the tree will develop more to reflect this....


and now a quick plug...
I'm selling my house.  So if you know anyone who wants to snap up this little cutie (see pic below) in New Zealand here, please DO direct them to this site.  I love my house, but it's too small for us now.  We need 4 bedrooms not 3 (one for my studio, of course!) as we're a growing family!
 

26 comments:

alteredbits said...

i just wrote you a three paragraph comment and stupid blogger erased it. so let's try this again, a little less wordy...

i am just loving these pages you're doing for lisa's book! all of the amazing layers of lace and color and texture -- the shroud and your perfect tree that i just adore beyond words. amazing, lady! this is phenominal! i love all of the story and meaning behind all of the gorgeous work and you're right -- that hinge looks PERFECT. i love the contrast of the soft and hard. this is just amazingly great, lady!

Seth said...

Wow. Wow. Amazing layers. And that tree! Wow.

Samantha Marshall said...

These pages are amazing, so beautiful to look at. It's so wonderful to read about your thought processes and then look at the pages again. Very cool.

Nicks said...

A beautiful and very thought provoking piece of work. I love the direction this project is taking you xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm in total awe of all the hard work you have put into Lisa's book. She's going to flip when she finally gets it back.

I went back and found your first post on your tree, and it is even more beautiful than before. You did a fantastic job of painting. And the layering is wonderful.

This is simply STUNNING work.

Dorthe said...

How ,so beautifull, I love so much the page with the cross, but your book is a wonderfull adventure.
xo Dorthe

Debrina said...

Hey everyone! Wow you guys are making my head swell, lol! Yes, a work in progress and lots of it - but it's real fun and I hope Lisa J will love it as much as I do. I am going to have trouble letting this one go I think.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

This becomes more and more beautiful as you share each update. Thank you for the continued story behind the art it's wonderful too!

In the Light of the Moon said...

I came over to comment on your wonderful Zentangles and your altered book blew me away.Wow its beautiful and full of wonderful textures.Thanks for the process on the book too,it adds so much when you hear the background on your ideas.And yes...your zentangles were great to look at..Now I'm excited to go make some in color.Hugs-Cat

JafaBrit's Art said...

your house looks adorable :)

What an interesting story and so beautifully presented Deb. I LOVE your work and the time and thought that goes into it.

sending creative love
Corrine

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh my goodness! This is JUST stunningly beautiful...and thank you for providing information about the myths and belief behind the tree. Just fascinating. Theresa :)

Debby said...

Amazing, this is absolutely gorgeous. WOW!!!
Debby

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I'm glad i stumbled on to your blog- you do entrancing work! I love it!

Debrina said...

You are all so very nice! I'm slowly getting around to each of you to say thanks!

Healing Woman said...

This book speaks to my heart. The trees, the layers, the hidden arched doorway. Absolutely wonderful!

Lisa said...

GORGEOUS!!!this is so utterly fantastic Deb! i love the way you've intergrated all those layers...the light lace with the dark embellishments. That tree is so mysterious and intriguing...can't wait to get a glimpse of it up close and personal.brilliant story...very intense like your work. really love what you've done here..in fact I could say you've really gone out on a limb and outdone yourself! Sorry it took me so long to get here...just got back in town.

Jill Zaheer said...

What a totally beautiful book- with all of the layers upon layers of all of the different kinds of laces, how the book opens up and down and side to side and the breathing tree! Love the sheer material- so delicate on the book, in contrast to the heavier weight of the book. The dragonfly is wonderful as is the frame and metal work. Oh just all so creative and magnetic to look at!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

What a wonderful experience ...just visiting your blog takes me to another world of beauty...the lacy layers and images pull me closer to the story. Thank you for sharing with me...my mind is heavy today and I am waiting to hear some news about ...my predicament. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

the GyPsY said...

This is just stunning. But what I like most is all the thought, the stories, and inspiration behind your work. You are very inspiring- of course you should move to a bigger space and have a room for your studio!!
Hugs

Deborah said...

Fabulous pages and stories! I love it all!

Kim said...

As I said over at the pulpy site, love this tree and the spiritual connection here Debs. Very juicy ! I hated moving house, yuck! Hope it all goes well for you, packing up the studio was so tough for me, but unpacking was tres cool! LOL! Oh, forgot to tell you the box arrived safe and sound and I am maiking a wee something at present to fill it too! Hugs.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm not stalking, just stopping by to wish you a lovely, lovely Easter.

AscenderRisesAbove said...

i like that the tree is the same on the top as it is on the bottom. very nice.

Jo Archer said...

A great theme, Debs and gorgeous layers and textures. I love the gothic arch. It is a thing of beauty.

Debrina said...

Hi all you wonderful bloggy friends of mine! Well, part two is up now (Pulp Redux progress that is). I love you all - your comments make my head swell and keep me going.

Lovey said...

Oh Debrina...I love those layers girl! I am a layers girl too!! Please stop by blog. I would love to have you follow me as I am a new follower at yours! Love, love, love your fabric art!!!