|Artist / Creator||Marian Crane|
|Press Name||Crane Designs|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Phoenix, AZ|
|Process / Technique||Sewn fabric pages quilted into raised 'windows' that each show and protect small painted shell plaques|
|Number of Images||12 painted shell plaques on 12 pages|
|Structure / Binding||Modified Coptic binding|
|Medium / Materials||White oyster shell, poplar wood, porcelain, glass, acrylic paint, varnish, waxed polyester thread|
|Paper Stock||Cotton fabric pages|
|Number of Pages||12 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||3.5 x 3 x 1.5 inches closed|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the artist|
In hectic and troubled times, it's good to make something that reminds us to center ourselves for the fight ahead. Four Latin mottoes are hand-painted onto white shell plaques, and sewn into specially-designed cotton fabric pages. Wood burned poplar covers are accented with porcelain discs and lush waxed polyester fiber tassels and glass beads. Dum Spiro Spero. Dum Spero Amo. Dum Amo Vivo. Dum Vivo Prosum. While I breathe, I hope. While I hope, I love. While I love, I live. While I live, I do good.
Artist BioMarian Crane grew up amid the spectacular landscapes and cultural diversity of northern New Mexico. A silversmith and fiber artist, she became enchanted with book art in the late 1990s. Her book art focuses on fiber, leather, glass, and wood surfaces because of their tactile richness, becoming hand-held installation art pieces for busy collectors who want a portable, introspective, and meditative experience. These pieces aren’t meant for large-scale display, but to be private pieces shared with close friends and family.