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Life: Enjoy it

I want to offer stationery for the holidays. For the first time I outsourced printing of my artwork
to create a limited edition of cards. The cards came out really nice. The cards are 5" x 7" and blank on the inside.  

To wait . . .

Deep Within

Lavender Anura

I came down here to fetch a poet: "Why a poet?"That his advice may guide the city trueAnd so keep up my worship!Dionysus The Frogs by Aristophanes

Shop

Lately, I have been receiving inquiries about purchasing my work. I am not affiliated with a gallery right now, and I am using every second to create and experiment with ideas I have had for years.

Here are some places you may find my work over the holidays:
1.  Islip Art Museum, New York Bound International Bookart Biennial (until 29 Dec. 2013)
2.  Kennedy Krieger Institute Festival of Trees, Timonium Fairgrounds (29 Nov - 1 Dec)
3.  Grandma's Print Shop, Etsy (please check regularly for new items for the holidays)

Everyone interested in the gold book I recently created for the library, please contact me. That book was a custom order, and yes, I love the challenge of custom orders with short deadlines (smile).

Many thanks for your inquires and interest in my work.

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Proofing, pulling, testing

linocut prints.Checking everything twice.

Baltimore Library

Yesterday, librarians from my local library asked if I could donate a handmade book.  It would be the center piece on their holiday wreath. I went home and reviewed my ooks and decided to make a new one.  I wanted it to be vibrant, golden, and fun. Based on children's fairy tales, my book began, "Once upon a time . . . " The cover and endpapers were created with  gold leaf on kozo paper and embossed  with silver and red mica.
I delivered the finished book to the library this afternoon, 20 hours later.

Alcestis

by Euripides
Chorus (singing)Spirits have many shapes,Many strange things are performed by the Gods.The expected does not always happen,And God makes a way for the unexpected.So ends this action. Translation: Richard Aldington, 1930, London
These are the last five lines of Alcestis, a tragedy by Euripides.
Classical Greek Drama During ancient Greek times, the chorus played an important theatrical role.  Wearing masks and singing in unison, they were commentators of the action.  They voiced public opinion, made the actions of the characters clearer, and said things that the main characters could not say.
The chorus in Euripides' tragedies consisted of fifteen actors.  In the final scene, called exodus, the chorus remained on stage and sang the last lines.   sc

Below the fold

Newspaper print from Soliton video and on-site installation.

Accordion book with monoprints

Part II There are several ways to make an accordion book. This is how to fold a monoprint into an accordion structure that fits inside an existing book cover. I want this monoprint to fit into this textured  red book cover I made a few months ago.
To begin you need the following supplies:X-acto knifeAdhesive (PVA glue & methyl cellulose)Binding board or cover for bookBone folder, teflonSelf-healing cutting matRulerScissorsSmall weightSmall sponge rollerWax paper
Take your paper   and measure it.  This paper is 18 inches, 46 centimeters long. I turn the unfinished book cover on its back and measure one side. 3 inches, 7.6 centimeters  I measure 3 inches and begin to fold the paper, keep folding until you have 6 panels Take the cover and line the inside boards with kozo paper.  Kozo paper is great for binding and lining books as it is strong, archival, translucent, and absorbent. I use methyl cellulose mixed with PVA as an adhesive. Methyl cellulose dissolved in water makes an arch…

Accordion book with monoprints

Part II am going to turn this monoprint ofleaves and linocutsinto an accordion book.
It should be dry tomorrow andI will post the process.

Paper so old

watercolor is spelled with two words"Water Color Block"I love this paper.Prints come out so beautiful!I wish I had more, but I haven't been able to find any.

I love paper

I finally finished a handmade book to  house all my paper samples.

Tennyson's Poetry

O let the solid groundNot fail beneath my feetBefore my life has foundWhat some have found so sweet;Then let come what come may,What matter if I go mad,I shall have had my day.
Let the sweet heavens endure,Not close and darken above meBefore I am quite quite sureThat there is one to love me,Then let come what come mayTo a life that has been so sadI shall have had my day. Alfred Lord Tennyson, Love Poems, p. 55

Between the Covers

of booksEndpapers I love opening a book and seeing beautiful, hand painted, textured endpapers between the covers.  
Antique hand marbled papers and illustrated  gold leaf designs are my favorites. The most exquisite ones are in museums.
I decided to create a series of books with just Endpapers, titled Between the Covers, combining my handmade papers  with a collection of silkscreened  Chiyogami papers from Japan.
*Chiyogami - chiyo (1000 generations) gami (paper) Originally designed and developed during the  Edo period (1605 - 1868) these papers are also known as Yuzen washi paper. Made from the inner bark fibers of the kozo,  mitsumata, and gampi trees, Chiyogami retains its long fibers and is soft, strong, durable and acid free.
I want people who hold my books to experience the textures and  sensory discoveries that only handmade books offer.





Linocuts on Newspapers

Today I met a good friend for coffee  and she showed me a photograph she took of my art installation, Soliton. Thank you J.

Orange bright

He hangs in shades the orange bright,Like golden lamps in a green night,And does in the pomegranates closeJewels more rich than Ormus shows;Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

Book Arts

life is a journey recorded in colors and symbols bound in structures that can be passed on to others 

Too Deep

Inside a worn tattered box underneath my suitcase,I discovered some of my writings from graduate school.I read some of my short stories with a heavy heart --Here is an excerpt from my short story Mirrors, 1995
"Milk chocolate skin and emerald eyes.  What a bewitching combination.  These green eyes: stolen emeralds are what I see when I look in the mirror.  My heirloom, precious jewels given after violent rapes and beatings that were so much part of my family's past.  My mother told me the story of her great-great-grandmother, Sasa.  
Sasa was a beautiful and quiet slave from the continent where animals and men understood nature.  Her master was enchanted by her charm, and he fathered all twelve of her children.  A day after the birth of each child, his wife gave Sasa a whipping that left her bleeding for weeks.  And, if the child had the master's green eyes, the beatings would last for days.  The mistress left trees and branches on Sasa's arms, back, chest and legs.  …

Balanced

Monochromatic Stillnesswhen the art world clasheswith my studio worldI quiet the discord bycreating these paintings.
I can tell how chaotic myworld is by the way the lines flow.If I get bad news,I take a deep breath,go to my studio and makethese clean, crisp lines.
The act of creating these paintingsclears my mind.
My process: I take acrylic paintand drip it on the paper.  In order to achieve these lines, there has to be the right combination of spontaneity,free flow, calm, and control.  
Perhaps these are my emotional writings?

New Journal

Just finished this journal today.   I hand painted the cover and then waited a week before printing two linocuts of lilies on top of the painting.  It is interesting to see how the paints and inks interacted. I used embossed crocodile paper to bind the spine.