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Showing posts from August, 2013

Emulating Nature

MnCO3 Rhodochrosite layers of inspiration
concentric bands of light
magnificent crystals
textured beauty caught in a frame

Genuine sentiments

through the mail When I sent these postcards to my friend, she thought they were one of my abstract designs.  The bottom two cards arrived first and they made a really nice design when turned upside down. When all four cards arrived she framed them.
I wonder what the recipients of my six puzzle postcards think. . . 


Sentimental Quadrilaterals Many of my handmade postcards and postcards printed on watercolor papers  come in four parts. Each week a recipient receives a different postcard with 1/4 of the image. When all four postcards are received a complete image is created.

Charlotte Elliott, Baltimore, MD

I would like to introduce one of my favorite stores in Baltimore Charlotte Elliott and The Bookstore Next Door Established in 2001 in the Hamden district of Baltimore this antique, fine art, vintage clothing, and bookstore is family owned and run by the Hays family. Located in two adjacent buildings, 835 & 837 West 36th Street, one store is filled with fine art, first edition, rare, and used books. The other store is filled with  beautiful linens, silver, and vintage items.
I always say I am only going to browse their eclectic mix of art, books, and linens; However, when I leave, my wallet is lighter and my bags are heavier. 

To Err is Human

I love visiting the Newseum in Washtington, DC Everything you want to know about journalism: recording, reporting, and  photographing information is there.

Even the errors.

Shadow and I

Just where my long road started out, it ends. I stand alone and see my childhood town Calling its kids and saying goodnight to friends. And now the ruffled window shades draw down.
Old men and women, slumped in easy chairs, fold up their papers, yawn, and cease to talk. I know that only a tireless streetlamp cares Where I, a ghost with fisted pockets, walk.
Shadow and I, we play a little game  Of hide-and-seek, as we have always done. Ten years ago I had a boy's nickname, Voiced in the streets and known by everyone.
That name, those years, companions that I had -- Channing the fiddler and the girls next door, The roughneck gang that drove my father mad, Trampling his flowers in their relentless war --
Where are they now, so dear and out of date? Old men and women yawn but do not stir The burned-out embers, and the hour is late Someone is calling but I can't see her.
"Sneakthief!" she cries.  "You've waited here too long, Thinking of them, beside an old stre…

Video: Pages from my artist's book

I Never Thought I'd Be the One Tale #15

Artist's books and boxes

I love making custom made matching boxes for my artist's books.  Here are a few: I've been experimenting with various textures on the covers.  My goal: to create strong, sturdy, and durable textures that would allow years of  handling and the books still look great.
Restroom's cover is created with fabric, acrylic paint, mulberry paper and dictionary pages.  A layer of methylcellulose (a glue and binder used to create paste papers as well as book conservation) was brushed on top to seal the design.   The cover of Invisible was also sealed with  methylcellulose.  I like this binder much better than acrylic mediums as they tend to feel sticky.
Yellow Jazz is one of my favorite creations using  pigments and acrylic mediums.  The cover started as a paste paper and turned into a heavily textured cover for the book and box. Geometry of Chaos: I used black acrylic paint and mixed it with Golden's mediums and additives.
Maybe Golden will let me demonstrate my  techniques with their products?

Periwinkle: when life makes me cry

at times life makes me cry. 
poetry allows me to embrace these emotions.
philosophy allows me to put them into a logical form.
art allows me to record them. Artist's books and Broadside ballads I created broadside ballads with 
left over pages from my limited edition
artist's book Periwinkle.

Why broadside ballads? Traditionally, broadsides were songs or poems printed on one side of a single sheet of paper. From the 1600s to 1900s, broadsides were daily 
forms of street literature, and printers 
used low quality, inexpensive papers. 

"Sold in the streets by itinerant vendors,
broadside ballads ranged in size from tabloid-sized
and larger sheets to small 4"x 8" slips of paper.
As a general rule broadside ballads were,
like newspapers, intended to be ephemeral,
and were usually printed on the cheapest, 
thinnest papers."
source: New York State Library
Street Literature and Broadside Ballads

Like most broadsides these days, I use acid free handmade papers or archival printmaking papers…

Nuns who create art, Part I

Sister Mary Corita  "Stop the Bombing" "Let's Talk" "Handle with Care" "Somebody had to break the rules" "The clue is in the signs" These are just a few titles of Sister Corita's printed posters. Sister Corita designed hundreds of vibrant posters that reflected American culture in the 1960s.

Her silkscreened posters captured the social,  political, and cultural milieux of the 1960s.
Sister Corita incorporated headline news, stories, and advertisements into her art.
I saw an exhibition of Sister Corita's art in Washington, DC at the National Museum of Women in Arts and I felt I was back in the 1960s  protesting for peace and justice. Her work was powerful and beautiful. Sister Corita wrote: If we separate ourselves from the great arts of our time, we cannot be leaven enriching our society from within. We may well be peripheral to our society - unaware of its pains and joys, unable to communicate with it, to benefit from it  or to help it.  We will b…

Moonlight Love

What do you  want, love. To be loved.  What,
what wanted, love, wanted so much as love
like nothing  considered, no feeling but
a simple recognition forgotten, sits
in its feeling, two things, one and one.
Song by Robert Creeley March 1965

Dear earth,

I do salute thee with my hand,
Though rebels wound thee with their horses' hoofs.
As a long-parted mother with her child Plays fondly with her tears and smiles in meeting, So weeping, smiling, greet I thee, my earth Richard II,  (III.ii.6-10) Wm. Shakespeare

Book Arts for Children

The spirit of creativity in children I love teaching children visual storytelling with the accordion book structure. Children enjoy folding and putting creases in the papers. Some draw from left to right.   Some right to left.   Some start in the middle.   It is their story and they tell it the way they want. I give them pencils, crayons, water colors, and lots of encouragement to create images and tales.
Children are natural storytellers.  One easy lesson children enjoy  is creating inkblot drawings. They put ink drops on one side of the paper, fold down the other side, rub the paper with the back of their hands, open it and they have an image. Looks like the Rorschach test?
Ask a child what it is and the stories are amazing,
and sometimes, surprising!

In the forest . . .

Nature is my greatest inspiration I love the colors,
the shapes, the sounds
strolls in the forest  mother nature's perfume
lilies, lavender, longing all that is alive


Taking a break from making paper. Dedicating more time to working on my  relief prints and upcoming videos. I feel as if I am going in a new direction . . .

Don't Look Now

Going through my old film negatives and Kodachrome slides. 

I still like using film whenever I can, however film has become so expensive to process.  I miss having a dark room, but I don't miss all the chemicals.

Linocut: The Little Oracle

There once was a little oracle . . .

Socrates and Aesop's Fables

In Plato's Phaedo  Socrates had a dream to write poems (verse).
After his trial, as
he was awaiting death,  Socrates said,  "[...] I realized that a poet, if he is to be a poet, must compose fables, not arguments. Being no teller of fables myself, I took the stories I knew and had at hand, the fables of Aesop, and I versified the  first ones I came across" 61b.

Handmade papers and book structures

Book of Contents 

I finally found a form for my handmade papers.  
I have been experimenting with different forms to exhibit my handmade papers. Even though the handmade papers  are sturdy and textured, exhibiting them without frames left them vulnerable. Exhibiting them with frames really didn't show  their intricately embossed designs  and textures. This week, I finally perfected the book binding forms.
 In the past, all of my artist's books have had title pages, prologues, bodies or "signatures" with stories and poems  colophons, headbands, and  hand marbled end sheets.  These do not.   However, these book structures  really enhance my content and  I am going to call them  Books of Content.