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Bookmaking and Creative Arts Workshops with Artist Jeannie Hunt

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Book of Ours

A prayer book for the children of the world. I made this "pie-book" to take along with me on a trip to Guatemala to study indigenous art and to visit Baha'i communities. The nine segments, bound together like a jacob's ladder toy, can be read one at a time like a regular book, or can be displayed as a mandala. The Guatemalans called it a "rompe cabeza" (lit: break the brain) their word for "puzzle".

The reverse side reveals a Baha'i children's prayer in English and Spanish.

Made from covered boards, ribbon and color laser prints.

Regeneration: Oblation to Ixchel

Accordion loom book with pictogram of Ixchel, Mayan goddess of weaving, healing and childbirth. Hand-spun cotton threads from her weaving pass through the pages that contain sticks to create a 3-D representation of the backstrap looms used by Mayan women. Threads are tied to a tree at the other end of the book.

Close-up shows weaving emerging from her loom. Mayan women say that fabric made on a back-strap loom is not woven, it is "born".

Hidden Words

Accordion book with passage from Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah, in English and Spanish: In the Garden of thy heart, plant not but the rose of love.

The hearts were cut from a piece of calligraphy art that contained the same passage. Each heart contains "hidden" words and letters.

Flower petals from the Shrine of Baha'u'llah are hidden within the covers to evoke a sense of sacred space. Inspired by the South American indigenous priests who hid huge mosaic images of sacred Jaguars under their temples to give spiritual power to the building and those who visited it.


This book is dedicated to the virtue of hospitality, one of the themes and practices of Ayyam-i-Ha. Readers are welcomed by the spirits of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. The book can be displayed as an accordion, shown here, or can pop-out to create a house.

This house book was created for an Ayyam-i-Ha bookmaking celebration. The poem inside was inspired by the words of 'Abdu'l-Bah¿:

This is the home of Light: whosoever enters here must become illumined. This is the home of knowledge: the one who enters it must receive knowledge. This is the home of love: those who come in must learn the lessons of love: thus they may know how to love each other.

? ?Abdu?l-Bah¿

Take a peek inside the house to see images of me making art in my studio and baked goods in my kitchen.

Bless this Home

The same house book structure shown above was used to create this prayer book dedicated to my extended family. Pictures of family and friends are glued inside the pop-up house, and a poem honoring my family traditions is inscribed on the inner pages. Additional pages with typewritten prayers for the home and family were sewn in.

The decorations on this book are inspired by the folk art of rural India where women regularly paint the walls and floors of their homes with decorative designs, in an act of religious ritual to secure blessings on the household. These visual prayers are intended to beautify and honor, to cleanse and protect, to bring good luck or prevent evil, or to pray for a specific wish. This ephemeral form of women?s folk art is done daily, weekly, or on important occasions?to mark holy festivals, seasonal changes, or special family events such as birth, puberty, marriage, or pregnancy.

Using white rice-flour and red-clay paints with crude brushes, rags, or their fingers, the artists paint geometric patterns, floral designs, and animal and human figures on the earth-colored mud/dung walls. These painted prayers, written from the heart, are a way of communicating with the gods, and are most often dedicated to Lakshmi, the pan-Indian goddess of abundance, fertility, prosperity, and protection of the home.

Star Books

Pentagle lotus books with prayers by the Bab.

Like petals of a flower, the pages open up to reveal a children's prayer and a geometric star design with virtues tickets.

Golden Rule

Interfaith prayer book includes religious symbols and the Golden Rule from six faith traditions. Inspired by palm leaf books made in South East Asia. Pull on the center string, and the book folds up like a venetian blind.

Baha'i Temple Book

Architectural book shaped like the nine-sided Baha'i House of Worship in Panama. Made from two expanding interlocking pieces.

The two pieces fold down and are stored in a folded paper wallet.

Akka Walled City Books

Can be displayed as a walled city or a nine-pointed star.

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