Tour by Marian Crane

For book geeks only!

This bold piece combines two of my passions: books and jewelry. A delicate little fiber art book with wood covers nestles into a wrap-style necklace/bracelet.

The book part is the 'Tour': ink-on-linen sketches drawn from a 1984 sketchbook I created on a trip to Italy, with abstracted city and landscape views combined with fiber collage.

The wrap-style necklace/bracelet part mixes waxed turquoise-colored polyester cord with gemstone beads in red jasper, moss agate, aventurine, hematite, snowflake obsidian, chalcedony, and unakite, with an antler toggle button clasp.

The book can be worn closed and tied with its accent cords, or flared open to show its pages.

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.