Friday, February 27, 2015

Fortune Friday #36

Your dreams are never silly; depend on them to guide you.
Lucky color: mustard yellow
Lucky numbers: 10, 15, 25, 27, 40, 50

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Butterflies without flowers

Pages from a few handmade books by Suzanne Coley
 Pages from several one-of-a-kind handmade books

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mental Monday #12

Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through.  
~Ronald David Laing, Scottish psychiatrist
Existential Thoughts in a Time When Everything is Green, by Suzanne Coley

Friday, February 20, 2015

Fortune Friday #35

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Beauty, acrylic on canvas, 2006
Beauty's Shadow, acrylic on canvas, 2006
 Lucky color: Red

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Temperature of the Soul

Paralyzing chill brought snow squalls 
straight into her soul.  Sounds, foreign,
page from handmade book by Suzanne Coley 
and unspeakable, formed cyan symphonies
in places she couldn't see. Vibrating memories,
an emotional blizzard.  Deep, low pitched
screams.  Defrosted time.
Pressure waves of the soul.

*Poetry & image from handmade C-Book by Suzanne Coley, February 18, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Mental Monday #11

Some days it's about taming the chaos. . .  
Taming Chaos by Suzanne Coley
DeepfearBluefearShards (linocut on handmade paper)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Bookbinding: Needle, Thread, Patience . . .

These are some of my tools I use when making books.
Curved needle, awl, linen thread, paper
awl, curved needle, linen thread by Suzanne Coley
Linen threads for bookbinding

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Love is the adhesive that glues all the broken 
pieces of your life into a beautiful form.
by Suzanne Coley
silkscreen and linocut on paper, 2014
*I am reposting my image and quote with warm wishes on this special Love Day.  sc

Friday, February 13, 2015

Fortune Friday #34

Opportunities surround you if you know where to look.
Page from original C-Book, Mother Bitch (A story about Cancer)  by Suzanne Coley
Cover of Mother Bitch (A story about Cancer) by Suzanne Coley
created in 2002, completed in 2008
Lucky Numbers: 2, 13, 15, 25, 38, 50

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mental Monday #10

Reaching the Top

It took 72 years to reach the top.  She never thought she could climb it.  Living on the bottom taught her not to look that far up.
linocut on handmade paper
Sunny and mild for a winter day, the sky was clear.  The weatherman predicted snow storms.  She put on her new wool gloves.  She had been admiring them for a few months.  Yesterday when she walked by the boutique and saw that they were no longer in the window, she went inside and inquired.  One pair left and they would never go on sale.  She bought them. 

Her new gloves went past her thin wrists, to her forearms.  Once on, she lifted them to her nose and took a deep breath.  The walk to the top would take 60 minutes.  That’s all she needed to reflect on her simple life.  No big goals achieved, no big dreams chased, no celebration for her birthday.  Simple and quiet she lived in a small town.

From that height, she noticed the river beneath.  How the snow would cover everything, make everything still and silent.  The wind picked up and the snowy paws of pines began to bow.  She was glad the wool gloves kept her elbows warm; waitressing all these years gave her all kinds of aches and pains. 

72 and she still couldn't retire.  She worked every day since 17.  Alone, she didn't have any children or spouse.  When asked, she just said, those were the cards she was dealt.  She was tired of explaining the truth.  That in small towns, tragedies happen too.  Not the kinds that you read in papers, the kinds that are too sad to report.  The ones that can't be explained with reason.

At 72 she takes a whiff of her gloves, smells the fancy boutique perfume overpowering heavy kitchen grease, looks up at the sun and walks off the cliff.

©2015 Suzanne Coley

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Paper making with Newspaper

Overcoming the technical challenges of making art paper from newspaper:
handmade paper from New York Times, cotton, postage stamps 
I am currently working on a project that requires using recycled newspapers.
detail of a sheet of paper made from New York Times and cotton
(black ink from the paper gives the new paper various shades of grey)
 I really like the detail of paper made from printed material,
detail of news paper with added text 
however, newspaper isn't archival, quickly becomes muddy in texture,
handful of cotton before combining it with torn newspaper to make pulp
and turns various shades of grey.
detail of handmade paper from New York Times (yes to recycling newspapers!)
After adding 100% cotton to the newspaper pulp, I am pleased with the results.  Calcium carbonate was also added to the pulp to further balance the pH and archival quality.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Language of Gratitude: Fortune Friday #33

One should not forget the language of gratitude.
journal page with handmade paper and inks, created January 2015
Lucky Numbers: 1, 2, 6, 27, 33, 56

May you have a happy and blessed Friday!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Stolen Breath

Tell Me What We Need . . .
Page from handmade book, Stolen Breath, 2007
When I moved to Baltimore, I removed many boxes from two storage units in Brooklyn. Last week I opened a few of these boxes and discovered handprinted lithographs for a book I never completed.

Title: Stolen Breath -- an inside view of domestic violence.  This year I hope to remove these prints permanently from these boxes.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Mental Monday #9

Our memories are card-indexes consulted, and then put back in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.  ~ Cyril Connolly
Page from handmade,  one of a kind book - 31 January 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

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