JazWorks

Jill Zaheer's JAZWORKS: A Tapestry of Mixed Media, Painting, Collaborations, Photography, and Poetry

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Distressed Elements - The Final Pages Completed in Seth Apter's Innerworks Altered Book

I've just completed the final entry in Seth Apter's amazing Innerworks book
titled "Distressed Elements " which is also my last book to work in for our altered book collaboration. What a wonderful opportunity it's been to work with 5 spectacular artists, to participate in an altered book collaboration for the first time, and to be influenced by the selected themes and personality of each artist. Seth's theme- as he describes here, has inspired me to complete these pages in a new style, engaging in different types of techniques while exploring this new concept for me of "distressed elements".
As you begin, try to imagine that in the background, an old wind up Victrola is playing "parlor" music.
Working in this book was a time for unveiling thoughts about myself, my life, the world around me and my connection to my mom - inspired by the photographs of people that Seth included in his opening section. Here are a few images from my pages.
The young girl's face below is that of my mom at about age 2.
To view and frame her picture on the right side and another scene on the left side of the page - I made and inserted a glass pane window which you can see below.
Below is an excerpt from a poem written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning from one of my pages.
This page reflects a state of renewal and rebirth- reflected with a pair of beautiful wings on a butterfly given to me by Alicia of Altered Bits.
Thank you Seth and all of my amazing InnerWorks collaborators who have worked in this book before me, gifting me with their thoughts - enabling my creative spirit to soar, and blessing me with the wonderful fortune to have my artwork grace this book.

18 comments:

Seth said...

These pages are stunning Jill. A fusion of my theme and your creativity. I am very happy that my book was a catalyst for you to be able to create such personal pages as a tribute to your mom. I can see your work was very meaningful to you and as such, it is meaningful to me. Thank you!!

eb said...

stunningly Beautiful!

xox - eb.

Marilyn Rock said...

Jill; these pages are stunningly awesome! So textural and meaningful. Love the inclusion of the photo of your mom, too. I wish I could touch this book!

Manon Doyle said...

Hey Jill!! Your work is gorgeous!! Thanks for leaving me a note to tell me about your site!!

Kim said...

Jill, the pages are wonderful. So heartfelt and special as you have included pieces from your own family in it. The inner works collaboration has been so inspiring to follow and I can't wait to play in everyone else's book in my own current Pulse Redux collaboration as a result!

Lawendula said...

Bravo, my dear friend! This is breath-taking!
I wish I could browse through!

Patti said...

Oh my, what an amazingly tactile, rich, deep and infinite work of art. I, too, wish I could hold it and spend hours taking it all in!
Such wonderful work...

Supria Karmakar said...

Wow..these are so magnificent...I can feel the soulful essence coming from the images..they have been created with heart and soul...how wonderful.
I wish I could only see these pages in real life..but alas..that is not to be as our time together with the innerworks project is coming to a close...now is the time to think about how we are going to capture the magic...not sure yet..love to hear your fabulous ideas.
thanks for sharing in this wonderful project
supria

alteredbits said...

sweet, lovely jill,

your pages are magnificent beyond words! i adore all that you have done here. all of the texture and colors and layers -- incredible!! and it's all made even more amazingly special with the tribute to your mother behind it. it's so very touching and special. such a soulful and beautiful book filled with sooooo much love and wonderful things to look at. my next book project has to have you as a part of it. how fantastic that would be!

and i am so touched that you used some of the goodies i sent you in your amazing book. that makes me get a little weepy -- you're just wonderful, sweet lady!

Debrina said...

Hello Jill - I missed this update again! I'm going to try and refresh your link after this by going into my layout settings to see what I can do. Well, this is just delightful. I had no idea you were working on this thing with Seth too! Well well! I love everything here that you've done. I must share all of Alicia's sentiments and I totally agree, you must be in our next book project!!! I think there will most definitely be a Pulp Redux Number Two!!

Debrina said...

PS. I have an 18 month old, and when I looked at that most beautiful picture of your mum at two, I really felt those words: The voice of the silence...forever.
With that said, I'm now going to tip toe into my son's room now, while he's asleep, and think about those words. How fast we grow, how fast we live, how fast we pass from this world.
Thanks Jill.

Susan Tuttle said...

i am loving the distressed qualities! very nice!

La Dolce Vita said...

lucky Seth! your pages are outstanding Jill, I love the EBB quote and the photo of your Mum and the surrounding text just touch my heart!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

I am a regular silent visitor but these beautiful pages require comment. They are beautiful and loving to me...everything seems to work together, the photo, key and poem to name a few.

Studio Sylvia said...

Fantastic Jill. Stunning work. I am lost for words.

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh Jill... these are your most beautiful pages yet... your art is so full of magic and sou... I love your layers and your words... and your beautiful mother... And on this day I wish you magic and love... roxanne

Svetlana said...

Jill, thanks for commenting on my work. Your books are such a great art work. Also I love your photographs especialy Central park (season change with all the colours the nature can produce is one thing I miss here in Australia).

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

Those pages are marvelous !
WELL DONE !