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NYC Doors - Inspiration

Circles
No matter how crowded West 26 Street is, when I pass by this venue I always find myself slowing down and admiring their doors.   They are so elegant and cool! When I returned to my studio, I still had those doors on my mind.
The papers came out really nice.  I am still experimenting with colors, shapes, and textures.
I printed a few linocuts on them   Here is one.

Fortune Friday #3

Getting together with old friends  brings new adventures. Lucky numbers: 3, 5, 14, 20, 30

Светлая память, Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou  (April 14, 1928 - May 28, 2014)
I will always remember Maya Angelou, American poet and author, as the Lady of Language who showed me it was okay to have a big smile. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" was one of the first books I read in school that addressed racism, trauma, and being a Black female.  I will never forget this passage:
"The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power.
The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence.  It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic admiration." -- Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Songs without music

Coco Looks Good étude for a limited edition artist's book
 Finalizing images for upcoming artist's books.

Rwanda - Greeting Cards

Lovely! Handmade paper & cards by young people in Rwanda Each card tells a story.  Created with a variety of handmade papers, these collages are some of the most beautiful original works of art I've seen on cards.  I love the meticulous hand-cut designs so much I feel like framing them and putting them on my wall (but I am going to mail them to friends).
For years I have been admiring the wonderful paper making skills of these artists, especially the vibrant colors they have been able to achieve with natural dyes and reflective mica rock flakes.  (My photographs don't quite capture the wonderful textures and colors of the actual cards.)
The cards are signed on the back by the artist.  Fair Trade and Eco-Friendly, these cards can be purchased in specialty shops in 21 states in the U.S. or on Cards From Africa's online store.
Based in Cambridge, UK, Cards from Africawas founded in 2004 by Chris Page with an admirable premise: "We believe that all people are precious…

Fortune Friday #2 - You are . . .

You are a practical person with your feet on the ground. Lucky Numbers: 2, 5, 14, 20, 23

Evidence: The Art of Candy Jernigan

Art is Life I was introduced to Candy Jernigan's art and book when I was going through cancer treatment more than a decade ago.  Her meticulously arranged collages, paintings, and drawings have had a profound impact on the way I view art, life, and visual storytelling.   Before reading her book, I had never seen how powerful art journaling could be -- that it could also be an artistic tool for social commentary.
Candy Jernigan (b. 1952- 1991) attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  Soon after graduating she became a painter, set and costume designer in Provincetown, MA.  In Evidence, Stokes Howell wrote, "By the time she returned to New York in 1980 she was starting to develop the themes and methods she would work with the rest of her life."  
Candy described the transformative process of taking found objects, "trash," and discarded materials from life and turning them into art:
"In 1980, as I set out on my first trip to Europe, I decided to make a book t…

Notebook sketches

I have several notebooks for sketching ideas and images from my dreams.
Most of these images are geometrical, and one day I hope to make more sculptural work with them.
Right now it is interesting to see how they influence my printmaking.

Linocuts for artist's books

I am working on some new linocuts for three artist's books about life growing up in New York City in the 80s.
I have been visiting old neighborhoods and seeing if my memory of the architecture and landscapes match.  I am almost done with the first block and wanted to post it.  The poems have already been written -- I just need to find more time to carve . . .


Fortune Friday #1

You should be able to undertake and complete anything.
I have been saving fortunes from cookies with the idea of incorporating them into my art.  I will feature art from this project on Fridays.  Title: Fortune Fridays

Kelis

Captivating! Provocative! Inspiring! KELIS While walking down the street in NYC,  Kelis's new album posters stopped me in my tracks!

Book Arts by Children

Here are a few of the 200 books created by children at the Children's Book Fair on  Saturday, May 10th from 1- 4pm at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture
It was a wonderful and enriching time for all.  Many thanks to Terry Taylor, Educational Program Coordinator of Reginald Lewis Museum and Victoria Timpo, MICA MFA curatorial program for inviting me to be part of this amazing project!

Book Arts for Children

Wonderful Children's Book Arts Workshop  at the 2nd Annual African American Children's Book Fair
at Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Saturday, May 10.  Scissors for cutting paper, designs, and silhouettes. Glue for adhering collages, designs, and embellishments. "To the world you are one person but to a person you may be the  World . . . . " 

Book Arts Exhibition by Refugee Youth

Nigeria, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Iraq, the Congo, Eritrea . . . 
Over the course of two years, book artists facilitated workshops that offered opportunities for refugee youth to explore the complexities of their identity while connecting immigrant communities to one another. Interweaving Traditions: Bookbinding Across Cultures This exhibition is part of Victoria Timpo's MFA in Curatorial Practice thesis at Maryland Institute College of Art.  Exhibition is at Reginald F. Lewis Museum  of Maryland African American History & Culture APRIL 23 - JUNE 1, 2014