Thursday, December 30, 2010

Book Exchange Exhibitions - Call for Volunteers!

All of the participants should have received this announcement in an email. We hope to see everyone at these events!!


Contact: Alexandra McCarty

LOCATION: 609 Penn Avenue, West Reading, PA 19607

Phone: 610.750.6642 (shop office phone)


INSTALLATION: January 30th, 2011 - 11 AM

OPENING: Feb 4th, 2011 6-9 PM

CLOSING RECEPTION/MEET AND GREET POTLUCK: (this event is for handmade philly members and friends of Hello Bluebird to meet and get to know should be a great networking event!!) -- Sunday Feb 20th, 2011 - Uninstall that day (Jen M. or MaryJo will take all of the books home to bring to Square Peg on 2/26)

SHOW #2: SQUARE PEG Artery & Salvage

Contact: Jen Harrison

LOCATION: 108 South 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215 360 5548


INSTALLATION: Saturday, February 26, 2011 @ 9 AM

OPENING: Friday, March 4, 2011 @ 6 PM

UNINSTALL: Saturday, March 26, 2011 @ TIME TBD (the books then will need to get to Nicole Bruno for the Havertown Library show)


Contact: Nicole Bruno

LOCATION: 1601 Darby Road, Havertown, PA 19083


PHONE: 610-446-3082

INSTALLATION: Before April 10th (April 10-16 is National Library Week!)

UNINSTALL: TBD - books to be returned to participants after this event.

What you need to do:

1. Send your book to MaryJo Rosania by January 8th!!

(address in original email)

2. Email MaryJo An artist statement about yourself, your work, email, website and some thoughts on the Book Exchange ALSO by JAN 8TH

This will be included with your book in each show!!

3. Please include $5 OR a PRE-PAID SHIPPING LABEL with your book for the final mailback. We will re-use your packaging, so make it re-usable, thanks!! :)

4. Volunteer to get involved!!!!

We need volunteers to help:

- Install at Hello Bluebird 1/29/11

- bring food to the opening at Hello Bluebird 2/4/11

- bring food to the CLOSING POTLUCK & MEET AND GREET at Hello Bluebird 2/20/11

- Install at Square Peg 2/26/11

- bring food to Square Peg's opening 3/4/11

- Uninstall at SquarePeg 3/26/11

- Install at Havertown Library (date TBD)

- Uninstall at Havertown (date TBD)

PLEASE contact Joan Philips if you are able to bring FOOD to any opening/closing event

PLEASE contact MaryJo Rosania if you are able to help with INSTALLATION at any venue.

5. Attend the events!! It will be great to meet eachother, etc! :) Especially the CLOSING POTLUCK & MEET AND GREET at Hello Bluebird 2/20/11 (as well as the other openings!!)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jen's Book - going home

A couple of pages I added and one that was there when it came to me.........sending it home to Jen. Yippee!! We all get our books back this month!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Beautiful book with clouds on the cover

Taking tea on a mysterious Sunday, October 31st...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Additions to "Things to to before you're 30"

This was a tough one for me -- lots of pages, words, etc. to contend with...and actually I am not even sure who this book originated with!! Here's some images -

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

An addition to Celia's book

The right page was there in pen and ink when I received the book so I added my version in buttons, string and beads.

This is a random collage with fabric, zipper, and buttons. Open the zipper to see what's underneath

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Here's my page in the book I just worked on. It was started by Lauren (Gigglepotomus) and is an ongoing story where each person adds what happens next. I can't wait to see what's next in the adventures of Dudley. I'm afraid I left him in a rather bad spot.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Purse book!

Victoria was asking about pics for her book so I took the liberty of photographing everyone's page, just so you can see the progress so far.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Vacation Time!

Posting a bit early but heading out for two weeks on Saturday and wanted to send this along. Guess I was thinking about my vacation when I put this together. A little black book from Joan Phillips with fold out pages and plenty of room for creativity. Enjoy! -- Jan

Thursday, July 8, 2010

fee fi fo fum

hey, where is my book for july?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Daydream Believer

Lauren's (Gigglepotamus) book has Dudley dreaming (bottom picture) and each of us adding a page to his story. I can't paint or draw to save my life so my scraps and buttons continue the work. This is probably my silliest contribution so far (top picture).......but great fun!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Eskimo Book

The book started by MaryJo is really beautiful, haunting and unique. It's huge so I didn't really make a tremendous impact...a few pages here and there, but I really enjoyed reading the text - quite a few passages will stay with me for the long run. Very poetic and spiritual. Thanks MaryJo!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bringing a little something to each page...

Adding some "art-a-day" to Traci's book was addictive! It motivated me to flirt with a different medium for a little while. I got out my well-worn Keats book of poems and felt that his Grasshopper and Cricket ode went well with the nature allusions.

bye bye bookie

This little book is about the size of a passport and arrived full of scribbles, squiggles and squippies (squippies are my just invented word for tiny stickers).

Not much room at the book inn here, but managed to find an empty spot.......a page with a cream squippy on it. That would be the one on the right.......and there I added some colored penciling.

And off it goes today July 1, 2010 to the next recipient. Happy summer to all!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Fertile Moon

Here is my entry for this month. I think it's pretty appropriate for where I am in life right now....

Rebekah's book

Here's my addition to the book Rebekah made!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Book #3

The third book I received was really, really cool...(I got so excited to send the second book that I forgot to photograph it!!) For this book, I don't want to spoil the surprise for the next person - So I only have pics of what I did to the "book" - It is so much fun to see what is in the envelope at the beginning of the month! That seems to be one of my favorite parts of this exchange so far.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Book's in the Mail

Hey, where's my new book? I admit mine didn't go out until would think that having the whole month would assure that it would get mailed on time. Kind of like living across the street from your job but being late everyday......

I look forward to receiving the next book, and wondering what is happening with the purse one I sent out in the beginning. Any pictures of that one?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Away it goes!

Here's Traci's Book, via Jan Cohen.

It was a lot of fun working with Traci's varities of paper and Jan's fabric scraps! Here are some of my favorite pages.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Movin' Beck's Book

I guess I just like to play with my scraps and buttons but figured it was appropriate for Becksbuttons Book. ..... say that 3x it is before it gets movin' on......-- Jan

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Off Goes the Book

A beautifully bound accordion book arrived in my studio at the beginning of May. This is what happened while it was here on two pages, one fold.

Right about that time I was subbing for an art teacher at an elementary school. The teacher said do whatever I wanted with the kids, so gave them a lesson on cubism via self that was the inspiration.

The paper inside the book is so soft and thick, almost like fabric, and the colored pencils felt really creamy while drawing.

What's Up Philly Book Exchangers?

Hey! Let's see some action on this blog...We have 16 books out there and not many pictures or comments.....

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Going out for June 1st!

Jan's book invites one to think about tactile contrasts! So many patterns and textures to explore...

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

MaryJo's book update!

Tonight I'm passing along MaryJo's book to Ruth - but here are some photos before it continues its journey!!

I mixed it up on this one, a little paint, a little fabric. I LOVE the book and had to stop myself from doodling on all the pages :) Good choice MaryJo!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May: Burlap + Embroidery + Beads

This is a really lovely little book made of burlap...I've been adding to it w/ embroidery and beads...not exactly sure how it'll turn out because I'm just kind of winging it, but we'll see...

Sorry the pics aren't great, I've been working on this project on the train...and took the pics with my cell phone.