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Page 13: April 8, 1884 to January 7, 2014

8″ x 12.5″, mixed media on antique ledger page

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Page 11: April 2, 1884 to January 6, 2014

8″ x 12.5″, paper collage and watercolor on antique ledger page

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Page 9: March 31, 1884 to January 5, 2014

8″ x 12.5″, ink on antique ledger page

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Page 7: March 25, 1884 to January 4, 2014

8″ x 12.5″, acrylic paint on antique ledger page

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Page 5: March 22, 1884 to January 3, 2014

8″ x 12.5″, casein paint on antique ledger page

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Page 3: March 17, 1884 to January 2, 2014

mixed media on vintage page, approx. 8.5″x12″

I incorporated another vintage book page into this piece. It is an original page from a book entitled “The American Girl and Her Community” by Margaret Slattery published in 1918.

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Page 1: March 8, 1884 to January 1, 2014

mixed media on vintage page, approx. 8.5″x12″

This piece is the very first in a series that I have planned for 2014. Every day beginning January 1, 2014 I will create something with a sheet from a book I purchased at a local antique shop a few months back. It is a cash receipt ledger dated from March 8, 1884 to June 7, 1888. The author/recorder is unknown as far as I can tell. My best guess is that this book was a ledger for an insurance company in England. All of the cash quantities are recorded in pounds. The penmanship in this journal is amazingly beautiful and in my opinion a work of art in itself. Each page measures 8″ wide x 12 7/16″ high (20.3 mm x 31.5 mm). Each day I will give myself a 5″x7″ rectangle within the page to work with and go from there. The pages are numbered from 1 to 562. I will be working with the odd-numbered sheet sides which should take me through the first 280 days of 2014.
These pages are so beautiful, from the warm grey tone of the antique paper to the beautiful calligraphic writing in ink. I feel honored to have this piece of history in hand and I’m glad that the author’s hard work and attention to detail will be on view for people to enjoy for years to come.

 

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