Crane Designs ~ Arizona
(Marian Crane)


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Artist statement: "I like to tell people that I am not an artist. I do not make ‘Big Art for Big Houses.’ I am, instead, an artisan. I make artifacts – real tangible things that live on a wall or bloom in the hand. Intimate, unique art for quiet or triumphant settings, to be shared not with boardrooms and vast parties, but with small gatherings of the people who matter most in life. More...
   
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By Marian Crane
Tempe, Arizona: Crane Designs, 2014. One-of-a-kind.

1" x 3" x 1"; 32 pages. Miniature. Wood burned, vanished Cocobolo covers with sanded acrylic ink overlay. 16 pages of linen and cotton applique with commercially-printed cotton. Binding of double needle Coptic with tan waxed polyester thread, accented with turquoise, copper, and tan glass beads.

The vignettes were hand-painted by the artist. The images and book were inspired by the artist's sketchbooks from a 1984 trip to Europe.
$150

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Folk Floral
By Marian Crane
Tempe, Arizona: Crane Designs, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

3 x 1.5 x 1"; 40 pages.. Pages of cotton and linen with machine stitched edging Coptic bound in wooden boards. Titles and illustrations on front boards. Finished with polyester tassels and glass beads.

Marian Crane: "Purpleheart wood covers with printed cotton and inked linen in Edwardian and Craftsman-inspired patterns."
$225

 


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Waves and Strings
By Marian Crane
Scottsdale, Arizona: Crane Designs, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

3 x 1 x 1"; 10 pages. Miniature. Poplar and oak spine. Tooled leather and carved bone covers. Pages of linen and cotton attached to spine by two anchor tassels finished with glass, porcelain, and bone beads.

Marian Crane: "Embroidered two-tone strings meander across linen pages, forming loosely-intertwined knots. Reverse sides are finished in a wave-patterned cotton fabric. Designs can be read as pure decoration on one level, but are filled with references to types of 'string magic' found in many cultures, as well as the ongoing cosmological debates over wave and string states of matter."
$125

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Chandler, AZ.
By Marian Crane
Tempe, Arizona: Crane Designs, 2010. Edition of 2.

2 x 2.5 x 2"; 32 pages. Coptic-bound. Woodburned and painted oak covers. Finished with polyester tassels and glass beads.

Marian Crane: "Stylized desert landscapes in appliqué cotton batik alternate with inked cotton street maps of the industrial and residential areas in and around Chandler, Arizona."
(SOLD)

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Glass Flowers
By Marian Crane
Tempe, Arizona: Crane Designs, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

2.25 x 1.5 x 1"; 6 leaves. Miniature accordion fold. Net appliqué pages embroidered with glass flower beads. Painted leather covers secured by bone closure pins.

Each side of this new miniature from Marian Crane is a tiny world of fiber art. On one side are the glass flowers – embroidered pages with beads forming flowers. On the reverse framed by painted leather are the backs of those net appliqué pages. These as well have a delicate beauty. Holding the pages so that the light falls through shows delicate blue patterns.
(SOLD)


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Rain Chain
By Marian Crane
Scottsdale, Arizona: Crane Designs, 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

A scroll 2.25" high (beadwork makes it 4.5); extends to 21". Linen, acrylic paint, cotton thread, glass, polyester, osage orange wood spindle with rubbed beeswax finish.

This painted and embroidered scroll was inspired by a few lines from the early 19th-century poet, Thomas Lovell Beddoes: "Tell me how many bead there are in a silver chain / of evening rain / unraveled from the tumbling main / and threading the eye of a yellow star / so many times do I love again."
(SOLD)

 


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Permafrost: A Lament
By Marian Crane
Tempe, Arizona: Crane Designs, 2007. One-of-a-Kind.

2.25 x 2.25 x 1"; 12 pages. Miniature. Pages of linen, cotton, ramie, and polyester thread. Bound in white and marble lucite acrylic with cotton and bead tassels.

Text: "A layer of soil that remains frozen year-round, locking away / carbon dioxide, methane, and water / Hold back early spring / Frozen brown earth traps an ancient poison. / This book is made of, or with, hydrocarbons / Nylon spun from crude oil/ Linen processed by coal-derived Hungarian electricity / Italian Lucite designer belt buckles / And glass smelted in Chinese furnaces / Pretty, isn't it?'

Marian Crane: "All too often, modern craft artists champion the use of found and reclaimed materials, on the merits that they are preventing such material from going to waste. However, that material was already extracted and processed using finite energy and resources. I have no idea if craft artists are part of the solution or the problem, but we should not be blind to the ultimate price of our craft."
(SOLD)

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Secret Heart
By Marian Crane
Scottsdale, Arizona: Crane Designs, 2008. Edition of 2.

1.5 x 1.5" miniature. Star structure. Hand painted wooden boards with waxed thread closure.

Marian Crane: "Two tiny books fold out to reveal hidden pockets [where one could insert] messages or photos. Valentine hearts in acrylic paint accent the felt pages and wood covers."
(SOLD)


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Winter Dawn,
6:45 am:
a city
a road

By Marian Crane
Tempe, Arizona: Crane Designs, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

2 x 3 x 2"; 32 pages. 16 coptic-bound pages of appliquéd linen and hand-marbled cotton with orange linen thread. Woodburned and painted oak covers featuring a cityscape. Painted leather and purple-heart wood clasp. Foredges tasseled with polyester threads and glass beads.

Marian Crane: "Inspired by an early-morning March road trip into Denver, Colorado, the pages contain an abstract impression of the busy city's streets, signs, and skylines."
(SOLD)

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