I have been working on an on-going collaboration with my friend, mentor, sister from another mister, Carney Oudendag for several months now. You may remember the project in it’s beginning stages from this previous blog post. The collaborative we’re doing has been very relaxed… somewhat of a mail art item that we have been sending back and forth a few times. Just last week she found this pile of goodies in her mail box which contained many collected vintage book pages/magazines /sewing patterns & some interesting textured papers for her collage work along with our collaborative project. It’s an accordion book with about half a dozen pages on each side; there have been no guidelines about media, theme, etc. we were to just add to it as we pleased and when we feel we have altered it enough, we’d send it back to each other. This was my second time adding to the book and I was happily surprised to see that it has slowly developed into a natural-themed volume that centers around birds!!! I am super pleased with how well our styles are blending. It’s even hard to tell at some points who added what! I need to, of course, share a few detail shots so that you can truly appreciate all of the texture, layers and media that now make this book a piece of art. Carney and I both feel that the book is nearing it’s completion; we don’t want to over work it. She says she’s going to be adding just a few more details and then will send it back to me so I can also have a “conclusion” with it. Little does she know, she may never see the book again if she does that, because my bookshelf has been yearning to add this beauty to it’s collection.