Friday, April 18, 2014

some books

 i finally got to putting together some of my samples
from my february trip
i made three books
and a few samples, too,
while (or in australian, whilst) teaching
 the bottom book
was completed at
my wee residency at beautiful silks
and provided enormous entertainment for me
one long night
 this stationers bound sample book
filled with silk and paper contact prints
and shifu and eucalyptus blooms,
in a fit of experimentation i dunked it into the wife.
the wife is a wise and enormous vat of indigo
and my book came up gasping for air
going from sludge to blue
but also starting to sag and would have torn itself to bits
from the wife's good juice.
so i supported the thing 
as she completed the color magic
then set up a drying system, which was no mean feat 
considering the dry book weighs only an ounce or two, 
but wet,
well she sagged under her own weight.
iowa flax case paper cover and various handmade and machine made papers,
and shifu
hold a lot of liquid.
so, once the color stabilized i began
the tedious blotting dry 
and using a fan and a drying rack and many towels
 all night long
she dried, stabilizing the spine and then the pages. 
yesterday i sewed in all the loose bits and have a finished book
thanks to beautiful silks and the wife
also as i sorted out the work table
 i unearthed a little book i made 
years ago from scraps
from the trash at pbi
 oh, and a feather and someone's measuring notes.
and took a picture
 i, like jude, have been thinking
~of weave~
 in motion
 and finally focused
spun paper, kami-ito,
and canada thistle paper
of course it is!
weave holds the universe together.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

a friend, a photo, a quest, some papers

my daughter hannah took this photo
me at the book arts bazaar.
she says i look happy!
today my friend catherine came to mind
you know how that is--
so i went over to her blog
and she'd posted twice after a long hiatus
(while she went to school).
and she has some poems you might like to check out.
i love what she's been doing!
this morning
i watched the pesky chipmunk
who lives too close.
it took the bait
peanut butter.
so i took chipmunk in the have-a-heart trap
in the driving rain
to a new home on the kip tract.
fare well.
i worked on some new prints yesterday
as well as beginning excavations
on the work table.
spring fever.
as the temperature drops
approximately 30 degrees today.
several pages went brown and blue 
an idea brewing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

watershed, snowmelt

vast snowfields gave way
to spring longings
no, realities.
green pointy things in gardens
are appearing.
that's how it is in april.

and today i begin 
spring break
i am home studying spring
listening to birds
fending off ticks
(20 on two dogs and one human
after 45 minutes in the woods)
no matter, we must learn
to live together.
i am so happy 
there is only a little snow and ice left
here and there.
 are you celebrating

Thursday, April 10, 2014

a mouse story

when you teach at the morgan
they ask you to supply a sample
something for their table that exemplifies 
your work or what the workshop
will offer.

fair enough.
 so when i went into my library to get a stamp
to mail my bit to aimee 
at the morgan.
this is what accosted my eyes at 6:45 a.m.
 this is my stationary drawer
about 12 x 16
it had been 
 appropriated for a nest
 while i was away.
i open this drawer quite frequently, 
since stamps live here
as well as envelopes.
 i was puzzled by the bright threads
until i examined the rug in my kitchen
woven by the amazing susanne arens
and much used and loved by me.
and now nibbled by a mouse momma to be
 she also shredded only handmade paper bits
from my stash.
the favorite was from 
the yahoo papermakers
stationary swatch swap from long ago.
this was how the fringe looked after the last wash 
(i had cut it down over the years
from a generous six to three inches).
farmhouse living is definitely
NOT for the faint of heart.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

weekend in maine

 and so
i went to maine
for the book arts bazaar 
at the
university of southern maine
 but before the fair
which was sunday
 my amazing and beautiful daughter
 and i had a play day
in the big city
which also happens
to have some wonderful waterfront
we ate and walked and talked and even napped(!)
we visited the portland art museum,
south street linen
a wonderful restaurant
where we feasted with a brunch
and a mimosa (my first!)
 out the window at the museum
we watched a peculiar cyclist
 it was really grand to see
all the "stuff" of a city
with a big arts emphasis
 even the signs
in the coffee shop were cool!
there was a difficult part 
when my car wouldn't start
and bill came to fix it
and left me with a plan for making it home 
safe and sound 
and i did just that, albeit a bit nervously.
(those nerves kept me wide awake
after a late start to a long trip)
and then there was the bazaar.
but some things to remember: 
susan gaylord who makes the spirit books
nancy leavitt the amazing calligrapher
our host rebecca goodale
who is documenting maine's endangered ones.
in her wonderful books.
previous students checking in (and hugs all around!)
merike van zanten and shanna leino and deborah howe
david wolfe and oodles of others
but it was so very very VERY
crazy busy!!!
there was merike's book…
shanna's treasure of tools…
papermakers with their stacks and stacks
letterpress printers, printmakers, and students, too
something i treasure in all of that bus-y-ness
besides all the wonderful people who liked my work
and purchased my work 
was the amazing luna moth book.
i will wait until the maker 
(ok, you know who you are!)
sends me a photo 
so i can share it with you.
when another artist honors you
by using the work you make 
in theirs
a wonderful circle is completed
and a new level reached.
so someday, my papers may be honored
by a few more makers
who purchased from me,
and i hope to be in maine again, soon!