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The Genesis of Dogs

The Genesis of Dogs
Every so often I branch out and make something a bit different...different in form, or intention or media. Last year I made, perhaps only my second or third artist book, a piece called "The Genesis of Dogs".  It's an apocryphal take on the beginning of things, and not meant to be anything other than that. The dogs on their stands are about 8" tall. There are 15 of them, each carrying one of the stanzas of the text.

Here's the text:
The Genesis of Dogs
by Zia Gipson
Supposedly on the 4th or 5th day, maybe it was later, 
God created cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind 
(this according to the Vatican), 
But critically He left something out, so when he was finishing puffing himself up and patting himself on the back and was distracted making football, 
She, the Goddess, stepped in 
and on the 8thday she created DOGS, 
of every type and size.
There was some reasoning behind this, 
as God had screwed up some of the creating bits, 
The Goddess figured humans would need dogs to help them cope with all the errors in creation, 
And to share the woes that certainly were to come,
Because God’s big MISTAKE 
was making snakes that climb trees
 and talk convincingly about apples.
And so it was.        ###

This book, if you're interested, is $150, plus tax if you're in WA State. It's an edition of 10 of which only two have been  made thus far.


2018 was the year I ventured further into personal adornment by launching a series of neck pieces made from joomchi or hand felted paper. Each neck piece is made of paper that has been 'felted' and then treated with konnyaku aka konjak, a plant juice used in Asian papermaking to add strength and some water protection. Then hundreds of circles and attached to a central line made of black elastic. It's a painstaking process with, I think, very nice results. The end results are lightweight and can be doubled up.
Pictured are two versions of the neckpieces hung together. 

Read This Necklace Series

Read This Necklace Series
In 2018 I began a series of neck pieces called “Read This Necklace”. There are four to date: Font (based on the book “Fine Print on Type”), Blackbird (inspired by Paul McCartney’s song of the same name and using the book by Nicholas Schaffner, no image yet), and The Green Poodles (written and illustrated by Charlotte Baker). Here are pictures of two of the necklaces. 

Coming in Portland, OR this summer

Coming in Portland, OR this summer
Coming to Portland June 30th, my work, "Hatched" in the exhibition "Fifth Annual Living Mark", at Verum Ultimum Gallery.

Garden Tour Art Exhibit

Fast ART came to a beautiful old barn off of Bush Point Road on Whidbey in June when the barn hosted and art by 17 artists. It was just one day but a lovely event. I couldn't help but choose my large piece Flower Power for the show.