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Our First Official JRP Book

Posted in Art, book arts, J. D. Hastings, Toni Tiller with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2013 by Toni Tiller

JD and i have been working on projects together for years in a sort of loose messy fashion but we have decided to make it official. when we work together we are now Jade Rabbit Productions, and we even have a little green bunny logo. this is our first handmade book based on my dream from 10/08/12.

comments/crits/feedback are always welcome.

JD handled the cover, quilted paintings and collage.

these are ones i worked on, the piece on the left is a graphite rubbing with a layer of tracing paper and the right is applique and embroidery.

we split these, i’m on the left and he’s on the right, applique and hand lettering.

reverse split, painted stenciling, and on the right it is cut paper and applique.

JD’s back cover with our new logo


I’ve been Away

Posted in abstract, Art, Collage, Toni Tiller with tags , , , , , , on April 3, 2013 by Toni Tiller

Everyone needs a little rest now and then, and the schedule of work, travel, and blogging got to be a bit much so I decided to hibernate for winter but now winter is OVER and it’s time for new projects.

A friend of mine has 2 Colombian red skin boas that throw off their skins regularly and it got me wondering about the leftovers as a usable material. They are pliable but tough, kind of cellulosy, and depending on what side you leave exposed they are either mildly iridescent or a white fishnet pattern that can be dyed. With this piece I wanted to use colors that were analogous to the natural snake color, which i backed with a slate blue to bring it’s own pattern forward. From there it was just the usual draw, cut, glue process as usual. After being backed with paper the skin cuts beautifully, supporting the finest cuts without tearing.


Posted in Art, Textile, Toni Tiller with tags , , on December 12, 2012 by Toni Tiller

I’ve been busy making a bunch of stuff for Christmas presents, and in the spirit of not blowing it by posting it all over the internet I am going to direct your attention elsewhere.

As discussed last week thread art is a new angle of exploration so I was delighted to find out that my internet friend funkembroidery is a self professed “embroidery nerd”. Her work is engaging for it’s irreverence, the freedom of images choices and stitches, as well as for the way she layers her patterns. She, like JD, isn’t afraid to do that, unlike my chicken shit self that needs to be backed into the layering pattern corner. She was also kind enough to recommend this book, (which might end up being a self secret Santa gift) plus she also has a Dune reference, something we are no stranger to here. Check it out.

Her applique skills kick my ass too.

10/08/12 Page

Posted in Art, J. D. Hastings, narrative art, Textile, Toni Tiller, Work in Progress with tags , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2012 by Toni Tiller

So as was posted last week JD and I have started a new project making books based on my dreams. We liked the results but thought we could stream line it all down a little by bringing the size to 8 inches by 8 inches for the new ones, the idea being that if we have an agreed template size that we can work on these remotely more easily. The future ones can be worked out in drawings over email and then the final product assembled either in person or by shipping my finished ones to him.

This is our next one, and I am responsible for the first line. I have my image but can’t decide if the text should go above the image or on the inside page preceding it. If it goes on the image itself it presents some challenges as to how to get the text on there, it’s a pretty narrow space so appliqueing would cut in harshly and might look crowded. Then again if it is on the page facing it that would technically be the inside of the front cover. I don’t know what to do.

Here is the image as it stands now, 8 x 8 and a mix of embroidery and applique.

“Suicidal intentions tweeted from the top floor”

WIP Part 1

Posted in Art, Collage, Toni Tiller with tags , , , , on October 17, 2012 by Toni Tiller

This is arriving late today, and I am not sure what the next few weeks will bring as far as posts are concerned, but I thought it might be fun to show you everyone what I do to make these.

First I take paper, in this case a map, and I scribble on the back of it.

Next I spend a whole bunch of time cutting around all those lines with a scalpel and when I flip it over there is this.

Repeat as necessary. That was thrilling wasn’t it? Next week we might cover gluing, please try to be patient, this information can only be parsed out in digestible bits.

I’m Floating

Posted in abstract, Art, Collage, Toni Tiller with tags , , , , , , on October 10, 2012 by Toni Tiller

My friend and fellow artist Matthew Best found this cool program in Connecticut that offered 3 free isolation float tank sessions in exchange for a piece of art that will later be sold and the proceeds donated to charity. It sounded weird and fun, always one of my favorite combinations, and off we went. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, though I am also hard pressed to describe it, just like I was hard pressed to understand what I was supposed to be getting out of it creatively. Was I supposed to have visions while in the tank? Get my next big idea?

No, it turned out to be more subtle than that. Firstly, three sessions wasn’t enough for me, I have gone back for 3 more because they were generally relaxing and restorative. Those are two things in short supply and the effects started to demonstrate themselves unexpectedly. When the program started it was in the middle of trying to get ready for this show and my focus was fairly limited, I had my materials, I knew what I was doing and just had to do it, but that is over now and for the first time in awhile those things can shift into something else.

My mind was quiet and I remembered there might be some red flocked paper shoved in the back of the closet 10 years ago, so off I went climbing over a mountain of crap and tumbling into the back recesses where not only was the red paper found but also 2 rolls of gold. SCORE. The atlases JD’s mom sent me ages ago started talking to me too, and from there it all started to come together. The materials dictated themselves, gold as the base because it isn’t good paper for cutting, maps in the middle because it is, and flocked paper on top because of the texture. Easy. Next was the design, the experience and the materials called out for a radiating pattern, and thoughts of meditation, focus, and flow were in the back of my mind. Nothing literal, no anxiety over ideas or results, and even when the paper tore here and there (something that usually sends me into swearing fits) I was unruffled.

This is what happened.

I like it, and will probably make a bunch more, but that shiny paper is a total pain in the ass to photograph.

Sneak Peek

Posted in abstract, Art, Collage, Toni Tiller with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2012 by Toni Tiller

Here is another one of the collaboration pieces we have been working on. I am all into these over lapping and expanding circles right now, so get used to them because I might be working them for a while. Right now I am just happy that most of the work is done and I have enough to dole out slowly for the next few weeks.

This piece also has a sewn black border that didn’t make it int the scanner bed, so just imagine that right on there ok?