Friday, November 28, 2014

Let Go: Fortune Friday #26

You must let go of something before you can capture it for good.
Lucky numbers: 9, 17, 21, 24, 43, 56

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ah, the research

that goes into creating a new artist's book. . .   Words & Images!
words and images by Suzanne Coley
I love every aspect of the process.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mental Monday #2

"What was once thought can never be unthought." 
Johann Mobius, The Physicists, Act II
In 1961 Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt completed the brilliant play The Physicists (Die Physiker). The story takes place in a mad house and examines the "responsibility of knowledge" and scientific discovery during WWIIs nuclear age as well as aspects of genius and madness. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Infinite Passion: Fortune Friday #25

There is no end.  There is no beginning.  
There is only the infinite passion of life.
Lucky numbers: 11, 14, 20, 21, 42, 63

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sister Mary Corita Kent

Today's Google Doodle celebrates the art of Sister Mary Corita Kent. 
Sister Mary Corita Kent taking a photograph
(Sister Corita, Art and Beauty in the Life of the Sister, pub. 1968, p. 74)
 Nun, artist, and activist, her original silkscreens from the 1960s have been inspirational.
Sister Mary Corita Kent
I've always admired her vibrant colors, hand stenciled typography, and provocative messages.
Yes, People like us.  by Sister Corita

Monday, November 17, 2014


Mental Monday #1
by Suzanne Coley

12 weeks ago our journey began
each with a fear heavier than we could carry

exhaling memories no one could see
blue phobias no one could touch

drowning slowly, searching for light
dark seas with dragon silhouettes

fire blazes, scorching our skin 
with each thought

12 weeks ago I dropped everything I was doing to learn how to swim.  My instructor is phenomenal!  I documented every aspect of the process and will post the poems and images on Mondays.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Connections: Fortune Friday #24

Today, some new connections will be very exciting indeed.
 Lucky Numbers: 11, 14, 25, 43, 52, 55
handmade textured paper by Suzanne Coley, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy Fall!

Autumn is so sweet in Maryland.
Walking around my neighborhood I came upon the most beautiful tree.
With the most beautiful leaves.
I believe it's a Norway Maple (Acer platanoides).  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

C is for Complex

Excavating the buried, 
the soiled, 
the unwanted, 
hand bound cover by Suzanne Coley
the burned,
the forgotten,
the lost,
the unspeakable,
one page at a time . . . 

Storytelling from the Edge 
by suzanne coley
baltimore, maryland

Friday, November 7, 2014

DREAM: Fortune Friday #23

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Lucky numbers: 7, 11, 14, 18, 20, 38

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Textures of Life

Inspired by my trip to South Korea this summer. 
  One of a kind collages, linocuts, and postage stamps.
 Tactile, layered, and textured.

 Gold on the inside.  Silver on the outside.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Ex-library Books

Making tactile & textured books 

Back in June I wrote a post about using the covers of ex-library books to create new stories. Today I would like to share one of the completed books with you. 
The outside: silver and textured
The inside: organic mixed media collage with gold metal leaf
Inside cover detail
Linocuts, acrylic paint, antique postage stamps purchased from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, and cheese cloth.
Circles, November 2, 2014 - Suzanne Coley

Monday, November 3, 2014

Alexander Blok

Александр Блок - стихи
Russian lyrical poet
Alone on hilltops burn the lights
Alone they pierce the cloud's darkness

Не доверяй своих дорог
Толпе ласкателей несметной:
Они сломают твой чертог,
Погасят жертвенник заветный.

Все, духом сильные,- одни
Толпы нестройной убегают,
Одни на холмах жгут огни,
Завесы мрака разрывают.

Carving the light within . . .  November 2, 2014, Suzanne Coley 

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