The Light Swap 5

Two more books from the Light swap:



MC cover

MC open

MC detail

The CBBAG SK Book Swap theme was based on the United Nations designation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technology. I decided I would explore what could be done in book form using “Light-based Technology”. To do this, I approached a local company who worked with laser cutters and , in collaboration with Jeff Beaton, another artist and the technician who operates the cutter, we designed this simple accordion book in which the pages integrated three different laser/computer based techniques to create translucent imagery and text as well as to create laser cut lattices in the Mylar sheets. I chose “Twinkle, twinkle little star” in an accordion structure so that the multi-dimensional image could be seen both flat and 3-dimensionally with the light coming through the Mylar. It was great fun working with Mylar, which I had never used before as well as with the new technology.


Martha Cole


The Spark

BG 1

BG 2

BG 3

I started this “ Light” project in remembrance of a special Auntie. My books are photo books made to commemorate life. The candles on the cupcakes, which increase on each consecutive page, represent the passing years. Until we reach a point, in our lives, were the candles are extinguished. Each of my books can be personalize with photos slipped behind the cupcake imagery.

The Nitty Gritty: I created my books using lino cut prints for the cupcake pages. Background papers were painted with acrylic paint and the covers were made from paste fabric and book board. The lino cut prints’ backgrounds were removed and the remaining page forms were attached to the acrylic painted pages, in an accordion style format. The covers were decorated with ribbon, scrap paper, and a sprinkle of love.


Barbara Goretzky



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