Copper Star by Marian Crane

This book contains eight double-sided fabric pages of pieced and appliqued fabric, digitally printed and gel-transferred text, and lots of glass beads. The jointed covers are carved and painted leather, cocobolo wood, waxed polyester cord, variegated copper leaf, and acrylic ink and varnish. Inside front and back covers showcase gel-transferred original text and vintage Arizona maps. Page texts are gel-transferred onto white linen and appliqued in place, along with miniature original Arizona landscapes and copies of vintage postage stamps.

It’s inspired by the idea of copper influencing not just Arizona history and culture, but humankind in general.

Artist Bio

Marian 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.