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

Thursday, July 28, 2011

It's Here- Buried Treasure 2011!

Seth Apter  is sponsoring the 2011 edition of his Buried Treasure collaboration and I'm so excited to be participating. As he indicates "Buried Treasure is about digging deep to uncover some hidden gems. The premise is simple...All participating bloggers will re-post one (or more) of their favorite posts that ever appeared on their blog." I chose a posting  from March 14, 2010 where you can see the  artwork I completed in my  Inner Works Altered Book Collaboration with Seth Apter, Roxanne Evans Stout, Veronica Funk, Supria Karmakar,  and  Rita Vindedzis. It was the most creative, inspiring and exciting  experiences  I could ever have imagined! 

    March 14, 2010

This is my 6th and final posting from our Inner Works altered book collaboration. Today,  I'm showcasing the pages I created from my book  Designs in Nature- retitled from the original book,  
"I Lift My Lamp Emma Lazarus The Statue of Liberty, by Nancy Smiler Levinson. Although the focus of the book details the life of Emma Lazarus, (the writer of the famous words written on the status of liberty:
 "Give me your tired, your  poor your huddled masses yearning to breath free,  The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest  tossed to me, I lift my lamp besides the golden door ")
 the power of nature, its beauty and connection to our soul is woven throughout the story.
This is the original book jacket-
And this is my altered book cover.
This is my new version of the book's spine.
And highlights of my inner pages.

The Back Cover below included  tree branches I created from Hawaiian wood. 
Here are a few of my  photographs  depicting nature's most beautiful faces which inspired both the artwork within my book and my connection to the world around me.

   Nature is one of the most awe inspiring, magnetizing, captivating entities I know. 
Powerful, magical and like poetry, it touches all of our senses and provides us with an incomparable wonderment throughout our lives.


Steen said...

I do understand you chose this post for us to revisit. To make it must have given you so much energy and inspiration. It is magical to let us enter through the wonderful and life giving words of Emma Lazarus and then to give us mother nature´s design at first from your beloved stamps and then to continue in your own art work – drawings and pictures – and they are beautiful. I love your original words about natures design: …and like poetry, it touches all of our senses and provides us with an incomparable wonderment throughout our lives… Anyone studying nature – whatever they look for - will agree!!

Sharmon Davidson said...

Your photos are breath-taking; I love how you incorporated and expanded on the images in making your brilliant altered book project. I love, too, that you speak of nature as an entity.

ArtPropelled said...

I feel the same way about nature. A lovely post, thanks Jill. (Love the grasshopper!)

Lost Aussie said...

What a wonderful post to revisit. Great images.

~*~Patty S said...

Love how you speak of nature Jilly...AND your photos are truly amazing and captivating too!

the altered book collaboration must have been amazing...very special to see and read about some of here...the closeup of the nature cover is WOW and your use of postage stamps...something I have been drawn to since I was a girl...all so very inspiring!

I felt too scattered here lately to participate in another of Seth's super events...he certainly does have a way of joining the art community together!
Have a wonderful weekend and stay cool jewel!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was very impressed with the nature inspired altered book. It must have been such a thrill to have been a part of that collaboration. I can understand why you chose that post to revisit.

Marilyn J. Rock said...

So inspiring Jill! I love nature and it never fails me when I'm in need of inspiration. I feel the same viewing your Blog and reading your posts. Your photos are amazing and I love that textural nature page! I want to touch it! A wonderful and meaningful collaboration. Thank you for sharing so much!

xxoo Marilyn

MrCachet said...

Your use of stamps is inspiring! Have you tried making your own yet? All you need is a sewing machine that doesn't have any thread loaded in it. Just an idea, but both of the stamps that I used on the piece of mail art that I featured on Buried Treasure (other than the postage stamp) were made using the sewing machine.

E Makes Art said...

Hi! Thank you for visiting and for your kind comment. Your photography is absolutely stunning!! Wow!! And I loved seeing how you altered the book. How fun!! I especially LOVE the cover.


layers said...

My goodness you have a LOT of beautiful colorful images here-- love the up close ones.. and your altered book is very creative.

Caterina Giglio said...

great post to revisit! I thoroughly enjoyed it...and your photos are so vibrant!

Parabolic Muse said...

Okay, are you kidding me?! A person could faint from this! These faces of nature (love that phrase) you've shown here are really cool. I'm so glad I got to see this post. Thank you for sharing!

.Trudi Sissons said...

Beautiful choice Jill. Your macros are delightful jewels - and the detail and clarity of each are remarkable!

rivergardenstudio said...

Oh Jill, it is so wonderful to see this post again, like a dear friend that I have been missing. And that I got to hold this book in my hands!!! I can see your love for nature and design in every photo, actually in every post that you make! Hope your day is a beautiful one. roxanne

Anonymous said...

your work is always bursting with colour and light. Full of energy and so dynamic. It perks me up just to see your surfaces and scraps all melded together!!

Deborah Carr said...

Thanks for visiting, Jill. This sounds like it was a marvelous project. I'm particularly drawn to the cover designs of your book...they look almost carved in wood...such depth and texture. It is the same with the photographs...I am always astounded at the intricate design that opens up when we photograph something close up.

I do love collages and the courage it takes to sit with all the broken little bits and then to craft them into something new and beautiful.

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