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My Handmade Books in Booked 14

Posted in Artist's Book, Artist/Writer, Book Arts Roundtable, Event, Italy, Italy, Melabee M Miller, Photography, South Orange, New Jersey on April 4, 2017 by melabeemiller

The annual exhibit of artists books made by members of the Book Arts Roundtable is now open at the Pierro Gallery in South Orange. It runs until April 22.  Two of my handmade books are on exhibit. Below are some photos and a poster for the show.

My first book below is about my paternal grandfather, Antonio, who came to the US from Sala Consilina, Italy in 1880.  I never met him but I have so many questions for him that I put them together in this accordion book along with photos and documents.

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The next book is made with just two pieces of paper using an interlocking double accordion structure-no sewing or gluing.

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Here is the pertinent information about the show.  Please join us!Book14Flyer.smallerpix

Visiting Radda in Chianti, Italy

Posted in Colors, Detail, Digital Image, Italy, Italy, Melabee, Melabee M Miller, Mountains, Nature, Photography, Radda in Chianti, Summer, Sunlight, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2011 by melabeemiller

Our first day trip was to the lovely hilltop town of Radda in Chianti in the center of the Chianti region.  Our host explained how safe it was by relating this story: A previous workshop participant lost a camera somewhere in the town.  The next day it was returned by the Policia.  A local resident found the camera, recognized the photos of Borgo San Fedele and knew that it had to belong to a visitor staying there.  You can’t get much safer than that.

We found the perfect bench in a small park overlooking the countryside and painted the fabulous views.  The Church of San Niccolò is in the center of this circular town so we knew exactly where we were at all times. In the middle of the Chianti region, we found many black roosters (found on the seal of Chianti Classico wine) and the most delicious white wine made with the typical Vernacchia grape.

Of course we didn’t paint all the time.  We visited abiti e accessori, a store with home accessories in one room and, in the other, beautiful clothes made with hand painted fabrics made by the artist in the middle of the store.  Other stores featured the food of the region including pici pasta and a tasty olive oil, of course.  And, don’t forget a fabulous lunch.

The size and friendliness of Radda was just perfect for our first adventure.

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