Asemic Shadows accordian book – Cheryl Penn and C. Mehrl Bennett

Posted: July 3, 2014 in artists book, asemic, collaboration, Digital Art, drawing, etsy, mailart, poetry, visual poetry
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overview of Asemic Shadows with Cheryl PennCheryl Penn is an artist living in South Africa. See her book arts at THIS BLOG

We have exchanged mail art and have done a collaborative book together once before. This time Cheryl mailed six original 3.5 x 2.5 inch sections of a painting she did, along with a color photo of the original full sized painting. I scanned the six painted pieces and digitally dissected the color photo to create more page images for our book. Then I added my linear pictoglyphs, using her paintings as inspiration.


I inkjet printed nine of these, sprayed with UV protective coating, added varying collage elements, and different cord colors and beads to secure the book shut for storage. It was a real pleasure to work with Cheryl Penn’s painting for my fourth collaborative accordian book. Another version of my own glyph accordian book is available on ETSY (click here if interested).

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  1. Love your site. I’ve collaborated with Cheryl as well. There’s a few of my books included in the An Encyclopedia of Everything project she’s busy with right now. Well done on this book, it’s lovely.


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