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Bea Nettles ~ Illinois

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Dorothy Shinn, Akron Beacon Journal: “Many of the effects that come so easily now were hard-won inventions, discoveries and refinements by the pioneers of photography. Among them is one whose work is … Bea Nettles. … The photographs of Bea Nettles often depict the artist's intimate family life, yet they also speak to the broad ideas of what it means to be a mother, teacher and artist, which she describes as her greatest roles. … Many of her images contain metaphoric views of domesticity and motherhood. This poetic approach is apparent throughout her career with the inclusion of text in images, inventive bookmaking and self-publishing.”
   

Alphabet books
Documenting Family
Trees and more trees
Tombstones and cemeteries
Inky Press Productions bookworks by Bea Nettles
Iceland Books from residency at Harfnarborg Cultural Center
Small Craft Advisory Press publication

 
   

Paper Birds
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2009. Edition of 3.

4 x 8 x 1"; 12 pages. Collages of photographic etchings, laser prints, and decorative papers. Perfect bound with blue leather spine and cloth-covered boards.

Bea Nettles: "After reading a book about James Audubon’s journey to Newfoundland and Labrador, I became inspired to make my own book of birds. The backgrounds are etchings that I created many years ago combined in collages with digital prints of birds I have photographed (ok, some were stuffed birds, I admit it.)"
$750


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Indra's Net
By Bea Nettles and Grace Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2008. Edition of 9.

4 x 22" scroll. Housed in a handmade circular tube, which is covered on one end by a tyvek lid with attached glass bead. Silver bell attached to interior of lid. Housing covered with sumingashi marbled silk. Printed on cotton rag paper by an Epson printer. Scroll verso marbled using sumingashi technique. Ribbon tie closure for scroll.

"Indra's Net" is a poem by Grace Noble Nettles from the book Corners: Grace and Bea Nettles. Grace Nettles, the bookmaker's mother, died in 2007. She was a teacher and a poet.

Bea Nettles: "This new scroll has just been completed in an edition of nine. The tubular boxes were crafted with hand marbled silk and silver tyvek coverings. When the lid is lifted, you will ring a small silver bell. The poem is printed on a spider-web background."

...One night she found herself she said

Caught in an Indra’s net of shining strands And at each crossing-place a memory was fastened Etched on a little silver bell.

So delicate and strong this net

Even her breathing would disturb the nearest bell And it would ring them all Thrilling the impulse out along the shimmering cord....

$350


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Lazy Goody Land
Luilekkerland

By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2008. Edition of 3.

4 x 8 x 7.8"; 12 pages. Perfect bound in orange bookcloth with gold pigskin spine. Decorative papers throughout. Collage of photographic etchings.

Bea Nettles: "This perfect bound book of collages features photographic etchings which are proof prints from two previous series: Landscapes of Innocence and Life's Lessons. It shows a journey through an imaginary land of goodies...cookies and candy...featured in a Dutch poem [“Lazy Goody Land” taken from Tales Told in Holland, Olive Miller, ed. (1926)].”
$700

 


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Work from Nettles' residency at Harfnarborg Cultural Center in Hafnarfjordur, Iceland in the summer of 2007.
   

Fate, Being & Necessity
By Bea Nettles

Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2008. Edition of 10.

3.75 x 6 x .5", opens to 21"; 8 pages. Accordion pocket book. Hardbound in brown momi (wrinkled paper) with metallic sparkles. Twin Rocker pale blue paper with suminigashi (marbling with soft, swirling patterns) on both sides. Cards printed with an Epson printer on Ingres Antique paper, then mounted onto a high gloss silver paper. Reverse side of cards printed on a blue Japanese paper with metallic flakes. Housed in silver stenciled paper slipcase. Paper title label on front board and on slipcase.

The Artist: "The Norns: Fate, Being, & Necessity are the Norse version of the three Fates represented by an old woman (past) and middle aged woman (present) and a young woman (future). Nettles first created her unique copy of this book while in residence in Iceland. This new edition allows the viewer to draw the cards out of the pockets, turn them over to reveal the role of the Norn. A passage from the Prose Edda of Snorri Sturluson explains how the Norns lived by the well of Uror, where they spent their days trying to preserve the sacred Ash tree."
$250


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Mind and Memory
By Bea Nettles

Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2008. Edition of 3.

4 x 8 x 1"; 16 pages. Each page is a photomontage printed on an Epson printer. Cloth-covered boards with paper title on front board. Spine bound in red fish leather.

Bea Nettles: "While in Iceland last summer [2007], I made a collage book entitled Mind and Memory inspired by the story of Odin’s two ravens named Hugin and Munin, [or] mind and memory. These birds sit on his shoulders and fly out daily to return with news of the world. The original CIA

"I have made a small edition of three more of this book, using Epson prints and exotic papers. The books are chunky pages bound together with strips of fish leather, a product produced in Iceland."
$700

 


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Snorri's Pool
By Bea Nettles

Hafnarfjördur, Iceland: Bea Nettles, 2008. Edition of 4.

4 x 7.75 x 1.25; 14 pages. Cloth over bookboard covers with Icelandic fish skin spine. Paper title inset in front board. Collage on bookboard printed by Epson inkjet.

During Nettles, residency at Hafnaborg Cultural Center in Hafnarfjördur, Iceland, in the summer of 2007, she visited and photographed several historic locations, including Snorri's Pool.

The pool was constructed by 13th-century scholar-chieftain Snorri Sturluson at his home at Reykholt, west Iceland. Snorri's Pool is unusual in being man-made (normally the geothermal pools were natural) and is one of a few constructions preserved from Iceland’s medieval period.

The collaged pages include excerpts by and about Sturluson, but the major focus is the feel of Iceland rendered by the craggy collages and the rocky palatte of the photographs.
$700


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Documenting family has been a consistent activity throughout Nettles'work
   

Close to Home
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2008. Edition of 3.

10.5 x 13 x .5"; 9 single pages. Epson prints on 100% rag paper. Images originally created in 1981-2 using a 16x20 inch pinhole camera loaded with ortho film. Images then contact printed from the film onto vinyl base sheets using light sensitive pigments. Prints in this portfolio printed digitally on acid free paper. Prints housed in a drop-spine clamshell box covered in green cloth with a paper title inset on top. Signed and numbered on the box lid.

Portfolio of work made by the artist in the early 1980's when she was the mother of an infant and toddler. The nine prints: Bad Laughing Frog, Bird Scissors, Caterpillar, Fish Plate, Gator Shirt, Humpty Dumpty, Dish and Spoon, Pack up your Troubles, and Snake Through the Window Dream. They chronicle the events and objects of childhood, using pinhole optics to approximate a childlike vision of the world. The original prints were made using multi-colored bichromate printing, exhibited twice in NYC, and have been published in magazines and text books.

Artist’s statement from the original exhibition: "With a three-year-old daughter and an infant son, I found myself living amidst mounds of toys, clothes, and clutter. Included in the general mess were some special things that evoked fantasies of interstellar voyages, objects springing to life while grown-ups slept, nightmares creeping through the open windows. I wanted to document these items from a child's perspective...."
$1,000 (Last Copy)


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R. Suntop's Sunspots
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2008. Edition of 5.

3.75 x 5.25"; single 8 x 10" sheet folded into covers. Image printed by an Epson Ink Jet printer. Suminigashi [literally "spilled ink," traditional Japanese paper marbling] paper over boards with cloth spine. Illustrated paper title on front board.

Bea Nettles: "[This books] opens to reveal a drawing of sunspots made by my daughter as a young child during the 1980s at Montessori School."
$90

 

 


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Family Resemblance:
50 Years of Florida Family Portraits

By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2007. Edition of 10.

5.5 x 7.5"; 57 pages. Codex grey-green cloth bound, grey end sheets. Signed inside front. Over 75 family photos, predominately black-and-white. Includes index of photos with dates and locations.

Bea Nettles: "My Grandmother Noble gave me my first camera when I was ten years old. She didn't purchase it, but had received it as a bonus of some sort. It was red plastic and took wide roll film. This was in 1956, so 2006 marks the fiftieth year that I have been making portraits of my family in Florida. Photography today is so easy and cheap that it is ubiquitous. Huge quantities of pictures are created, looked at, then deleted. In the fifties, film was expensive and I can remember planning and taking almost every shot. I still have all the negatives."
$100


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Botanical bookworks by Bea Nettles
   

Eager
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2017. Edition of 6.

2.5” x 3.25” x .25”; 14 cards enclosed in a deckle-edged handmade paper wrap with button and twine closure. Digital prints on 100% rag paper. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Bea Nettles: “In the woods and along the banks of a shallow creek near my home, a family of beavers busied themselves felling trees and building small dams. For almost two years I admired and recorded their work. Now they have disappeared from the area. I miss watching their progress.”

The thirteen photographs for "Eager" were made from March 2010 through Christmas Day 2011 by the artist.
$45


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Forty Forevers
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2017. Edition of 6.

6 x 7.5" closed, extends to 44.5"; 8 pages. Single-sided accordion. Printed on 100% rag paper. Clothbound. Enclosed in a parchment paper wrap. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Bea Nettles: "Over the years I’ve recorded hearts carved on trees. They raise many questions. Are pocket knives still common? Were these marks made secretly or as an open and serious declaration? My grandparents used forty forevers to express their concept of a truly long stretch of time. Did the couples remain together forever? As can be observed in some cases, nature has the ability to erase even the most ardent emotions.

"Forty Forevers contains 40 digital photographs of initials cut into hearts on tree trunks. The carvings fade gradually and become illegible towards book's end."
$200


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60 Old Trees [Open edition]
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: 2007. Open edition.

4.25 x 5.25"; 60 pages. Black-and-white photographs of trees from Nettles’ files. Each tree identified by place and year photographed. Clothbound with title label inset on front board. Printed on a laser printer.

Created in celebration of Nettles' 60th birthday.
$100

 


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60 Old Trees [Deluxe Version 1]
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2008. Edition of 4.

8.25 x 9 x 1"; 60 pages. Epson prints (uniformly 5.75” spare) on Cranes Duo. Quarter leather. Textured paper slipcase with paper title. Brown-toned Epson prints of sixty trees from Nettles’ files. Each tree identified by place and year photographed. Recently bound.

Deluxe version of the smaller format 60 Old Trees produced in an open edition in 2007 for Nettles' 60th birthday.
$1,050 Copy 2 features endsheets embossed with plant forms
$1,000 Copies 3 & 4 with Japanese paper endsheets


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60 Old Trees [Deluxe Version 2]
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2008. Edition of 4.

8 x 7.75 x .75"; 60 pages. Epson prints (uniformly 4.81” square) on Cranes Duo. Bound in wheat colored cloth. Textured-paper slipcase with copper border and paper title. Brown-toned Epson prints of sixty trees from Nettles’ files. Each tree identified by place and year photographed. Recently bound.

Deluxe version of the smaller format 60 Old Trees produced in an open edition in 2007 for Nettles’ 60th birthday. This is smaller than Deluxe Version 1 and has a full cloth binding.
$900


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Visiting graveyards, a fascination with names and tombstones
   

Place
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2013.

4 Booklets: each 9 x 9", opening to 9 x 18". Digital offset printing. In a 9.5 x 9.5" illustrated slipcase. Signed by Nettles on the case.

Bea Nettles: "Poems about American history have been written using the last names from gravestones that are nouns, verbs, and adjectives. The stories are arranged chronologically from the regions earliest days and end with stories of families being reunited or going home."

The stories are managed through a set of four booklets which represent place by dividing the country into quadrants - North, South, East, and West.

Colophon: "Place is a manifestation of my continued fascination with descriptive family names that are nouns, verbs, and adjectives, my own nettles included. How did such names become attached to people and what might be their effect? Do people notice? Many names are explained by occupation (rider, roper, master), physical characteristics (brunette, dimple, blush), dwelling place (appleyard, grimwood, halfhill). Other categories I found were food (corn, fruit, olive), animals, birds, alcohol, money … or its lack, weather, water, plants (nettles, beans, cotton) and trees (oak, chestnut, linden, birch).

"What began with a few photographs of gravestones in the fall of 2010 has grown to a collection of over 2,500, primarily taken with my cellphone and managed digitally. My first project was Stonecipher: A Book of Seasons in which I used these stones to write poetry about the passage of a year. In Stonecipher, I had limited my search to thirty minutes from home.

"On my travels, I continued to seek out cemeteries, walking countless miles up and down the rows. I decided to create another book, this time featuring the four cardinal directions: north, south, east and west. It became apparent to me that I could write an interpretive history of the United States using the names of some of the families who immigrated here. Each story begins with the settlement of the region and ends with contemporary families headed home.

"I set up several parameters for this project, aiming for correct grammar spelling (hawks not hawkes) in the construction of the narrative. I used only last names (yes, victor and jack are surnames too) and did not remove or add letters. I broke my rule when I included sisters, which was not a surname that I found although I know it exists. This word helped me to include more of the history of women. The occupations that I could find were primarily masculine (with the possible exceptions of cook, baker, fiddler, housekeeper, nurse, and milliner). Also our naming conventions are primarily use son (jackson, johnson) and man (spellman, wellman, sellman, bellman, and dillman, killman, hillman and tillman).

"To keep the project a manageable size, the stones had to be made small, so the photographs were retouched digitally for clarity and to remove first names and dates. You will have to trust me about this. Indeed, among the common names that we no longer think about at all, these wonderful and curious names do exist."
$40


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Stonecipher: A Book of Seasons [paperback]
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2011. Open Edition.

4.5 x 11" opens to 4.5 x 17". Double-sided accordion. Color Xerox on 90lb coated stock. Printed paper bandoleer slipcase.

Bea Nettles: "A four section double-sided accordion fold that alludes to the seasons in poetry created from headstones that are nouns, verbs, and adjectives."

Falls Nicewander
Summers vineyard withers
Hedges curl
Green trees redden
Hill burns sharp golden sparks
Harsh nettles madden pepper black bull ...

Bea Nettles: "This summer I began to photograph the last names on headstones that could be used as parts of speech. I went out early in the mornings and spent peaceful hours walking the rows of stones with only the birds for companions. I found this quest fascinating and wondered how these family names came about. Often people were named after places, occupations, plants, animals, colors, and personalities. Many names became familiar, but some were absolutely unique. All were found within thirty minutes of my home in Urbana, Illinois, primarily in Champaign County. It seemed appropriate to arrange these words poetically by the seasons to emphasize the passage of time."
$25


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A few photographic alphabetical wanderings.
   
Atlantic Coast ABC
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2014. Edition of 2.

3.125 x 4.625" closed, extends to 72"; 14 pages. Accordion structure. Epson colored prints. Bound in leather-covered boards with paper title label on front board. Parchment wrapper. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Prints of an alphabet found in tree formations on Florida's Atlantic Coast.
$150

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A Playa ABC
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2014. Edition of 3.

3.125 x 4.625" closed, extends to 72"; 14 pages. Accordion structure. Epson colored prints. Bound in leather-covered boards with paper title label on front board. Parchment wrapper. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Prints of an alphabet found in tree formations at Playa, an artists' retreat near Sumner Lake, Oregon.
$150

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Gullah ABC
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2012. Edition of 2.

3.125 x 4.625" closed, extends to 72"; 14 pages. Accordion structure. Epson prints. Bound in cloth-covered boards with paper title label on front board. Parchment wrapper with slip and slot closure. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Prints of an alphabet shot from tree formations in Gullah country of North Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
$95 (One copy available)

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Wood Type
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2012. Edition of 7.

6.5 x 6.5" extends to 36.5"; 6 pages. Epson prints on cotton rag paper. Enclosed in parchment wrap with linen cord tie. Two editions of 7, one leatherbound, one clothbound.

Bea Nettles: "This book contains five different alphabets shot in the woods around the USA. Each set utilizes the distinct flora of that part of the country. The photographs have been created without moving or altering the sites, which is part of the challenge of creating them."
$95 Cloth Bound

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Barkers Creek ABC
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2011. Edition of 2.

3.125 x 4.625" closed, extends to 72"; 14 pages. Accordion structure. Epson color prints. Bound in cloth-covered boards with paper title label on front board. Parchment wrapper with slip and slot closure. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Prints of an alphabet shot from tree formations in North Carolina, south of Asheville.
$95 (Last Copy)

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An Oxbow ABC
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2011. Unnumbered edition.

4.65 x 3" closed, extends to 72"; 14 pages. Accordion structure. Epson colored prints. Museum board bound.

Bea Nettles: "This alphabet was created during a Paper and Book Intensive Conference at Oxbow in Saugatuck, Michigan. The letters were found in tree forms in the forest and on the edge of the lagoon."

$ 40

 


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A Penland ABC
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2011. Edition of 2.

3.125 x 4.625" closed, extends to 72"; 14 pages. Accordion structure. Epson colored prints. Bound in leather-covered boards with paper title label on front board. Parchment wrapper. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Prints of an alphabet found in tree formations at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
$150

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Bea Nettles out of Print and SOLD titles:
• The Passage of the Ruby Ring
 
   

14 Mysteries
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2012. Open Edition.

3.75 x 2" closed; extends to 17"; 14 pages. Accordion book with tie closure. Board bound with illustrated title label on front cover.

Bea Nettles: "14 Mysteries is an accordion book that features the keys that were found years ago in our home when we moved to Illinois."

Text which runs along the bottom edge underneath the images of the keys: "These keys were found in a cluster when we moved here in 1984. Their purposes have long been forgotten. After twenty-two years they hang on a hook in the basement. No one has the heart to just throw them away. One never knows when their role in our house will be revealed."

This is a board-bound version of the leather and slipcased version published in 2008 in an edition of 5.
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Aging Gracefully
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2008. Edition of 5.

6.5 x 5" closed; extends to 12". Tunnel book of Epson prints of the artist's mother from a young girl of 5 to a woman in her 80's. Printed on acid free paper in sepia tones. Cut on a laser cutter. Bound in gold book cloth. Housed in a cloth-covered slipcase with an image of the mirror on the front. Originally published as an edition of 2 designed in black-and-white in 2001.

Here images of Nettles' mother document the passage from childhood through maturity. The body changes, the roles change — school girl to bride to parent — one life. Dedicated to Nettles' mother, Grace.
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Dream Pages
By Bea Nettles
Rochester, New York: Visual Studies Workshop, 1975. Edition of 100.

7.25 x 9.25"; 18 pages. Collaged photographs printed by offset lithography onto Warren's Patina 80 lb stock. Printed in dark purple ink. Additional colors screenprinted by Nettles. Saddle stitch binding. Screenprinted golden palm trees on grey cover Encased in pale yellow vinyl slipcase. Signed in pencil on inside front cover.

Bea Nettles, from a 1978 interview with Thomas Dugan, Photography Between Covers: "In Summer, 1975, I finished Dream Pages, which was the first time I had ever done anything with my own writing. I had kept a dream journal (and still do) for maybe three years before Dream Pages. I went through it and took dreams directly from the journal, ones that were most vivid in my memory, or most interesting, and incorporated them into this book. It is probably the most esoteric and personal of all the books, but it's been one of my favorites. The imagery is derived from xeroxed photos and collages which I drew into, made halftones and offset printed, then photo silkscreened over.

" ... my dreams are a real source for me, of course that's a personal source fed by everything I take in.

"I don't always [write them down], I'm getting kind of lazy about it, but I do remember them often, and I try to make myself write things down. They're pretty interesting, too, the combinations of things that happen when your body is resting.

"No, [I don't try to interpret them], not really. Some are obvious, like when my teaching was very frustrating, I dreamed of trying to do a demonstration on a three-legged table. But I've had other dreams and maybe told them to my husband and they're often obvious."
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Eighty Little Lambs
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2012. Edition of 6.

5.25 x 7.5"; 18 pages. Printed on a digital offset printer. Decorative end sheets. Sewn pamphlet binding with a parchment paper wrap.

Colophon: "It was common practice in the Victorian age to mark the grave of an infant or very young child with a carved lamb. Some of these poignant markers are so worn that the names can no longer be read, but the guardians remain faithfully atop the stones."

Bea Nettles: "For over a year, I have been using a black and white cell phone ap to photograph the lamb monuments found in many graveyards. Most of these are close to one hundred years old today. I have arranged the lambs from distinct to almost dissolved as a meditation upon the effects of time and memory."
(SOLD)

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The Fig Leaf
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2010. Edition of 17.

3 x 4 " closed, extended to 23.5"; 8 pages. Accordion book structure. Grey museum board cover with label. Printed using an Epson printer.

Bea Nettles: "While I was in Italy, I became curious about the use of the fig leaf, so I created this first book about its history in art."

Text: "The fig leaves that we see on Greek and Roman torsos were added to them after the Council of Trent and a 1557 edict from Pope Paul IV. Having been firmly attached to these existing sculptures, they continue to cling to them to this very day."
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The Fig Leaf [Deluxe Version]
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2010. Edition of 6.

3.125 x 4.25 " closed, extended to 23.5"; 8 pages. Accordion book structure.
Bound in green leather with fig leaf on cover. Epson print on Hahnemühle cotton paper. Paper slipcase.

Bea Nettles: "While I was in Italy, I became curious about the use of the fig leaf, so I created this first book about its history in art.

"Text describes the papal decree that put fig leaves on many classical sculptures, which is illustrated by a series of photographs of fig leaves from the Vatican museum."
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Hair Loss
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: 2007. Edition of 4.

4 x 5.5" closed; 4 x 68" opened; 13 pages. Leather bound with slipcase. Accordion structure. Printed on acid free paper with inkjet printer. End sheets of abaca paper with embedded hair.

The artist discovered in August 2002 that she had infiltrating ductal
carcinoma. Her cancer, IDC, according to breastcancer.org, "accounts for about 80% of all breast cancers. Invasive means that it has 'invaded' or spread to the surrounding tissues. It is ductal because the cancer began in the milk ducts-which are the 'pipes' that bring milk from the lobules to the nipple. Carcinoma refers to any cancer that begins in the skin or other tissues that cover internal organs-such as breast tissue."

Hair Loss is a pictorial account of Bea Nettles' passage through
chemotherapy treatments. She decided since she was to loose her hair she would take the initiative. Nettles had her son shave her head. She saved the hair not knowing exactly what she would do with it. Ultimately this book evolved and the saved hair is embedded in the endpapers. The photos are self portraits each month from Oct 2002 to October 2003.
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Hawk / Dove
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2013. Trade edition: open.

Trade Edition: 5.25 x 9.5" closed, extends to 38"; four fold. Dos-a-dos. Bound in grey museum board. Paper title HAWK on one board and paper title DOVE on the other. Digitally printed on cotton rag paper. Laid in a white paper wrapper. Signed by the artist.

Bea Nettles: "Recently I have photographed the last names of veterans in national cemeteries. My latest book is a dos-a-dos (a reversible book telling two stories) that contains poems about war & peace written with these names. The text mirrors itself in places, including contrasting images of real battles (war)and pillow battles (peace)."

Colophon: "The sheer number of individuals who have dedicated their efforts, and in many cases given their very lives, is extraordinarily moving. Several of the graves documented in this book date back to the Civil War and the beginnings of our national cemetery system, and some as recent as this year, 2013."
(SOLD)

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North Florida ABC
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2014. Edition of 2.

3.125 x 4.625" closed, extends to 72"; 14 pages. Accordion structure. Epson colored prints. Bound in leather-covered boards with paper title label on front board. Parchment wrapper. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Prints of an alphabet found in tree formations in North Florida and Georgia.
(SOLD)

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Rachel's Holidays
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2008. Edition of 3.

7.5 x 7.75 "; 32 pages including free end pages. 15 color images scanned from the original color negatives printed using an Epson 4800 printer. Printed on cotton rag paper. Housed in lightweight paper slipcase in Christmas colors. Bound in red leather with paper title on cover. Exposed stab binding with three green leather accent strips entwined horizontally.

Bea Nettles, Colophon: "I printed six sets of the images in this book in 1984 using the dye transfer process. Dye transfer printing was complicated, but worth the trouble, as it was considered one of the most permanent color printing methods. The method was discontinued with the advent of digital photography. Materials for this process no longer exist."

From the introduction: "This sequence draws upon the events in my daughter Rachel's life during the 'holiday' season from Halloween through Christmas in 1983. That Thanksgiving, our family traveled to Sanibel Island, Florida, a place justifiably famous for outstanding shelling. Her memories of that trip, and the events and traditions associated with the fall and winter holiday season are the basis for the images which begin and end with Rachel lost in thought in Sanibel."
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Southern Roots
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2009. Edition of 3.

4 x 8 x 1"; 12 pages. Collages of photographic etchings, laser prints, decorative papers. Perfect bound with fish-leather spine and cloth-covered boards.

Bea Nettles: "I am a Florida native, so when the winter comes in the Midwest I often find myself longing for a warmer, greener place.This book is an imaginary botanical including plants from Florida, especially lotus flowers and their seedpods, which we call winkiepins."
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Stonecipher: A Book of Seasons
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2011. Edition of 3 plus 1 artist's proof.

5.5 x 9.75 x 2.5" container with 4 accordion books. Each book: 4.5 x 9" closed, 34" extended; eight plates. Printed on Hahnemühle cotton rag paper with Epson printer. Grosgrain ribbon tie around books. Container: cloth-covered 2-piece telescoping box; title tipped on lid.

A book of poetry for each of the four seasons created from family names on headstones.

Bea Nettles: "This summer I began to photograph the last names on headstones that could be used as parts of speech. I went out early in the mornings and spent peaceful hours walking the rows of stones with only the birds for companions. I found this quest fascinating and wondered how these family names came about. Often people were named after places, occupations, plants, animals, colors, and personalities. Many names became familiar, but some were absolutely unique. All were found within thirty minutes of my home in Urbana, Illinois, primarily in Champaign County. It seemed appropriate to arrange these words poetically by the seasons to emphasize the passage of time."

Winters Force
Winters sharp beard tufts rough white borders
Bent birch branch falls northway ...

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Time's Traces
By Bea Nettles
Urbana, Illinois: Bea Nettles, 2012. Open Edition.

4.5 x 5.5" extends to 24"; 6 pages. Accordion structure extending from both boards. Printed with an Epson printer on cotton rag paper. Bound in grey museum board with illustrated paper title on front cover and ribbon tie closure. Parchment wrap with slot and slip closure.

Bea Nettles: "Footprints found in the sand on Florida's Gulf Coast shot with an I-phone app and arranged in a trail."

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