design inspiration and relaxation When I am working on a really complex and emotional project, I take breaks and make these ink blot drawings to relax. I usually discard them after I am done, so I decided to post this one.
thousands of moments
lives and memories
captured through one person's lens.
The process of making an artist's book requires
numerous steps and a lot of research, especially
when I am trying to capture a particular memory and moment
in history that many want to erase.
My project is almost complete and I will be posting
the process and the finished 22 karat gold leaf book, Gold Teeth.
Conversations with art
The other side of the accordion book is abstract.
Using form, color, and texture with acrylic paints,
I always created the "other side" of the accordion books
a few hours after visiting artists at the psychiatric wards.
When I was director of a program for artists with
mental illnesses, I often visited them in psychiatric wards.
I must admit, it was never like anything I saw in the movies.
It was quiet with spurts of activity. Moments of reflection.
I was allowed to bring art supplies and we
would color and draw --
in silence or with conversation.
I would sit at a table and the artist would normally sit next to me.
When I first started I would give them a sheet of paper and wait.
I quickly discovered that they would talk and create more when
I too had a sheet of paper in front of me and would draw.
As one artist said, "It is our conversation."
This is one of my conversations with an artist at a Psychiatric Ward
East 19th Street, NYC.
Nothing Gold Can Stay Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf, So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. Robert Frost, 1923
Permanence and Durability
Dyeing paper black isn’t easy.You can get many shades of gray during the process.
I’ve noticed that ex-library books from the late
1950s, like the one I used for these black papers, work really well.Printed in London in 1959, the
pages appeared (felt and sounded) to be made from cotton, which would explain
why they accepted the black dye so well.
Another reason I like to use pages from discarded library
books is because of the research on the acidity of books in libraries by chemist and paper conservator, William Barrow.
Former director of the W. J. Barrow Research Laboratory in
Virginia, Mr. Barrow noticed that pages in library books were deteriorating and becoming brittle due to acidity, and he
published a paper about his findings in the 1930s.He is considered a pioneer of library and archives conservation and is credited with introducing the field of conservation to
paper deacidification through alkalization. (Increasing the pH of acid paper by depositi…
The root of the Curcuma longa plant, turmeric,
is a natural botanical compound that has been
used for thousands of years in Southeast Asia.
I like to use turmeric as a dye for paper.
When I want a warm golden hue I add
a few tablespoons of turmeric powder to the pulp.
This is paper from the same batch of pulp before I added turmeric.
to your home.
Recently, I came across a wonderful blog Emily & Jon in Morocco and I would like to
introduce the artists and their work.
Emily is a graduate of Cleveland Institute of Art
with a major in fiber and material studies, and
Jon is a graduate of Atlanta College of Art.
They created a wonderful five part tutorial on paper making.
I especially love the deckle and mold they made:
It is functional, practical, efficient, and inexpensive!
Here are their wonderful posts: Paper making Tutorials by Emily & Jon
My good friend used one of my linocuts to create patterns for his clay designs. I was thinking of incorporating my linocut patterns into wall paper designs, however, I really like the way they feel when used with clay. Thank you Iaeden!
A Fairy leapt upon my knee
Singing and dancing merrily;
I said, "Thou thing of patches, rings,
Pins, necklaces, and such-like things,
Disgracer of the female form,
Thou paltry, gilded, poisonous worm!"
Weeping, he fell upon my thigh,
And thus in tears did soft reply:
"Knowest thou not, O Fairies' lord!
How much by us contemn'd, abhorr'd,
Whatever hides the female form
That cannot bear the mortal storm?
Therefore in pity still we give
Our lives to make the female live;
And what would turn into disease
We turn to what will joy and please." William Blake from The Poetical Works of William Blake, p. 127 Oxford University Press