Thursday, April 30, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 31

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

The Lure
Books and postcards created during quarantine in Baltimore, Maryland 4/30/2020
When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And darkly bright are bright in dark directed;
Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright,
How would thy shadow's form form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so?
How would, I say, mine eyes be blessed made
By looking on thee in the living day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay?
   All days are nights to see till I see thee,
   And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.

           Shakespeare Sonnet 43




*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/30/2020
21,742 confirmed cases 
1,140 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/30/2020
304,372 confirmed cases 
23,587 deaths, including 18,069 in NYC  (Yesterday's NYC total was 18,076)

Total in United States: 1,069,424 confirmed cases, 62,996 deaths
Total Worldwide:       3,256,846 confirmed cases, 233,363 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 30

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Tonight I decided to repeat a blog post about my bone folders I originally posted 7 years ago.  They are still my most important tools.
Bone folders from my studio, Suzanne Coley
Bone folders are my extra fingers when binding books and making boxes.

#1 Teflon bone folder - used for smoothing, pressing, folding, shaping.
#2, #3, #4 - antique genuine bone folders given to me by a retired master bookbinder, made in Germany - used for delicate work and conservation.
#5 - wooden Potter's rib - used for difficult spots in large boxes.  Great for smoothing and shaping.
#6, #7 modern genuine bone folders - used for scoring and turning corners when binding books.
#8 Teflon bone folder - nothing sticks to them and they don't leave marks.
Bone folders are great for crisp clean folds and creases.  Suzanne Coley
My fingers may grip, pinch, and pick up things,
but my bone folders are stronger, smaller,
larger, rounder, skinner, flatter, sturdier,
and can be sanded into other types of shapes.  

My bone folders score, press, shape,
burnish, fold, smooth, and work the corners
and grooves of my books and boxes better
than my pinky and index fingers.

Suzanne

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*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/29/2020
20,849 confirmed cases 
1,078 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/29/2020
299,691 confirmed cases 
23,477 deaths, including 18,076 in NYC

Total in United States: 1,039,909 confirmed cases, 60,967 deaths
Total Worldwide:       3,193,886 confirmed cases, 227,638 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 29

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Shakespeare Sonnets
Page of textile book: Work in progress by Suzanne Coley
Each day I continue to work on stories and books inspired by Shakespeare's Sonnets.  I've been using the leftover textiles from these books to create the backgrounds for the postcards I posted this week.  Hopefully,  I will complete two of these books the first week of May.


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/28/2020
20,113 confirmed cases 
1,016 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/28/2020
295,106 confirmed cases 
22,912 deaths, including 17,682 in NYC

Total in United States: 1,012,517 confirmed cases, 58,356 deaths
Total Worldwide:       3,115,977 confirmed cases, 217,132 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Monday, April 27, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 28

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

The Importance of Health

The stamp on today's postcard was issued on August 19, 1963 by the Philippine government. It is one of three stamps in a range of denominations that make up the 1963 Fight Against Tuberculosis issue.

The lung disease tuberculosis (TB) has been a major health problem for decades.  Although it is curable, over a million people die from it each year worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, "TB is one of the top 10 causes of death and the leading cause from a single infectious agent (above HIV/AIDS)."

TB is transmitted through the air when an infectious person sneezes or coughs.  A person only needs to inhale a few droplets to become infected.  The World Health Organization reports that about one-quarter of the world's population has latent TB, which means people have been infected by TB bacteria but are not (yet) ill with the disease nor can they transmit it.

About half of all people with TB can be found in 8 countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines and South Africa.

On the stamp, we see the double barred cross, a modified version of the Cross of Lorraine.  The french physician Gilbert Sersiron recommended its use in 1902 as a symbol fo the crusade against TB. Today it is used as the official American Lung Association's logo.


Through education, awareness campaigns like we see on this stamp from the 1960s, TB diagnosis and treatment, many lives have been saved.  Stamps can play an important role in highlighting vital issues.


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/27/2020
19,487 confirmed cases 
945 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/27/2020
291,996 confirmed cases 
22,668 deaths, including 17,515 in NYC

Total in United States: 987,467 confirmed cases, 56,164 deaths
Total Worldwide:       3,036,770 confirmed cases, 210,842 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Sunday, April 26, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 27

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Masks
Today's postage stamp is a colorful mask from the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.  Created in 1977, this stamp captures the bold graphic style of the seventies.  

On the bottom left of the stamp, it says Correos, the Spanish word for Mail or Post. And, underneath the mask is written Mascara Africana, Spanish for African Mask.  The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is the only African country that has a Correos and issues postage stamps in Spanish because Spanish is one of its official languages.  The country's other official languages are French and Portuguese. 

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*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/26/2020
18,581 confirmed cases 
910 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/26/2020
288,045 confirmed cases 
22,269 deaths, including 17,280 in NYC

Total in United States: 965,435 confirmed cases, 54,856 deaths
Total Worldwide:       2,971,477 confirmed cases, 206,514 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center


Saturday, April 25, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 26

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Tiny gems

Today's stamps are from Spain and Italy.  On the left are the Spanish stamps: The beautiful building on the stamps is the Colombia Pavilion.  It housed the 1929 World's Fair (or Ibero-American Exposition of 1929) in Seville.   

On the right are the Italian stamps: The title of this series of stamps is Italia al Lavoro and it means Italy at Work in English.  For this postcard, I am using only two of the nineteen stamps in this series of pictorial definitives created during the years 1950-1958.  


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*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/25/2020
17,766 confirmed cases 
875 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/25/2020
282,143 confirmed cases 
22,009 deaths, including 17,126 in NYC

Total in United States: 938,154 confirmed cases, 53,755 deaths
Total Worldwide:       2,896,746 confirmed cases, 202,846 deaths

* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Friday, April 24, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 25

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Faith, Fortitude, and Civilization
I am swell.  Wish you were here.  April 24, 2020 by Suzanne Coley
Today's stamp is a beautiful Maltese one.  It features the Monument of the Great Siege, which consists of three bronze figures symbolizing Faith, Fortitude (or Valor), and Civilization gallantly standing on a granite base.  Completed in 1927, this monument commemorates the Great Siege of Malta.  This siege took place in 1556 when the mighty Ottoman Empire tried to invade Malta.  Even though the Maltese were outnumbered, they valiantly repelled the invaders.


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*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/24/2020
16,616 confirmed cases 
798 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/24/2020
271,590 confirmed cases 
21,349 deaths, including 16,646 in NYC

Total in United States: 890,524 confirmed cases, 51,017 deaths
Total Worldwide:       2,790,986 confirmed cases, 195,920 deaths

* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center





Thursday, April 23, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 24

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Creating a postcard a day from postage stamps I've been collecting since childhood.
Gold leaf postcard with 1964 Olympic stamps
 by Suzanne Coley, 4/23/2020

Today's stamps: 1964 Tokyo Olympic games printed in Poland.  The stamps show the victories won by the Polish team.  The Polish team won 7 gold medals that summer.  

On my postcard are stamps of the following athletes:
1. Waldemar Baszanowski - Weightlifting
2. Egon Franke - Fencing, Men's Foil Individual
3. Women's 4x100 meters relay (Teresa Cieply, Irina Kirszenstein, Halina Gorecka, Ewa Klobukowska)

This year's Olympic Games in Tokyo have been postponed until 2021 due to the new coronavirus pandemic.  The Games have been cancelled only three other times in the history of the modern Olympics Games.  Those cancellations were due to war.

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*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/23/2020
15,737 confirmed cases 
748 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/23/2020
263,460 confirmed cases 
20,973 deaths, including 16,388 in NYC

Total in United States: 867,459 confirmed cases, 49,804 deaths
Total Worldwide:       2,704,676 confirmed cases, 190,549 deaths

* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center





Wednesday, April 22, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 23

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Traveling through my stamp collection during lock-down.
I am swell.  Wish you were here. 4/22/2020  by Suzanne Coley
Today's stamp is a discus thrower in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, USA.  The stamp was issued by the People's Republic of Kampuchea.

In April 1980 the first set of postage stamps was issued after the establishment of the People's Republic of Kampuchea.  In 1989, the name of "People's Republic of Kampuchea" was changed to the State of Cambodia.  So much history in stamps!

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*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/22/2020
14,775 confirmed cases 
698 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/22/2020
263,292 confirmed cases 
19,413 deaths, including 15,074 in NYC

Total in United States: 840,476 confirmed cases, 46,611 deaths
Total Worldwide:       2,624,846 confirmed cases, 183,120 deaths

* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 22

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

I am swell.  Wish you were here.
I am swell.  Wish you were here.  April 22, 2020.  Postcard and stamp series by Suzanne Coley
I have been collecting postage stamps my whole life.  The designs are beautiful and compelling, and I'm fascinated by the colors, the watermarks, the paper, and the printing styles of national and international stamps. 
One of my stamp books.
Many have historical value and geographical significance.
Postage stamps in my collection.
Wether new or old, the subject of stamps is extremely diverse and cover a wide range, from sports, cars, birds, flowers to presidents, kings and queens.


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/21/2020
14,193 confirmed cases 
652 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/21/2020
258,480 confirmed cases 
19,114 deaths, including 14,887 in NYC

Total in United States: 824,438 confirmed cases, 45,039 deaths
Total Worldwide:       2,563,384 confirmed cases, 177,415 deaths

* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Monday, April 20, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 21

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Slow stitching pages . . .

Stitch by stitch, the pages of my new books are coming along.  I usually embroider abstract designs on the textile pages; However, being home day after day has reminded me of my early years of studying arts and crafts.  In the 1970s, arts and crafts were mandatory in my primary school, and each year we had to complete rather complex projects. Those early days of NYC schools integrating science, math, English language, and art were instrumental in my development as an artist.

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*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/20/2020
13,684 confirmed cases 
582 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/20/2020
253,060 confirmed cases 
18,611 deaths, including 14,604 in NYC

Total in United States: 784,599 confirmed cases, 42,138 deaths
Total Worldwide:       2,473,209 confirmed cases, 170,042 deaths

* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Sunday, April 19, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 20

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Creating art with materials I have around the house.
Linocut on recycled newspaper, 4/19/2020
Recycling newspapers: I love test printing my hand carved linoleum blocks on newspapers.  The text and inks on the newspapers create very interesting backgrounds.  I never know exactly how the print will come out, and I enjoy the unexpected outcomes.


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/19/2020
12,847 confirmed cases 
461 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/19/2020
247,815 confirmed cases 
18,298 deaths, including 14,451 in NYC

Total in United States: 759,118 confirmed cases, 40,666 deaths


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Saturday, April 18, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 19

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Deconstructing wedding dresses
When I am transforming wedding gowns into books, I am always curious about their histories.  Today, I worked on a wedding dress from 1940 and one from 1960.  
This is a picture of the wedding gowns on my work table.  Even though I altered their outward appearances, their fabric weave structures and textures remain the same.


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/18/2020
12,326 confirmed cases 
421 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/18/2020
242,424 confirmed cases 
17,627 deaths, including 13,157 in NYC (*13,202 was reported in NYC yesterday)


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Friday, April 17, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 18

Art in the Time of a Pandemic


Masks and more masks.
I've been making masks for family members and friends for the past two weeks.  I downloaded a free pattern and made a few adjustments so that the masks fit properly.  
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that everyone wear cloth face coverings over their noses and mouths when entering public places to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus.  

On Wednesday, Gov. Larry Hogan announced the executive order to wear face masks, and tomorrow at 7:00am, this order will go into effect. Everyone in Maryland must wear a face mask inside stores or when riding public transportation.

Another order that will go in effect tomorrow is: stores and carry-out restaurants will need to mark 6-foot distances for people to stand in line, sanitize the handles of shopping carts and baskets, and allow workers to wash their hands every 30 minutes.

Face masks include cloth masks, handmade masks, and bandannas. There are lots of easy to make patterns on-line.

*****

*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/17/2020
11,572 confirmed cases 
389 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/17/2020
230,624 confirmed cases 
17,134 deaths, including 13,202 in NYC


* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Thursday, April 16, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 17

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

This time spent in my home has allowed me to take an artistic journey through my library and archives.
To understand the trajectory of my art during the last few years. 
It has been a good time to reflect on the past,
examine the present,
and plan for the future.


*Coronavirus Disease 2019:
Update in Maryland- 4/16/2020
10,784 confirmed cases 
294 deaths   (note: yesterday's total was 311)      

Update in New York State - 4/16/2020
223,691 confirmed cases 
14,832 deaths, including 11,477 in NYC

* All numbers are taken from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 16

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Love and Beloved
Let those who are in favour with their stars
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars,
Unlook'd for joy in that I honour most.
Great princes' favourites their fair leaves spread
But as the marigold at the sun's eye,
And in themselves their pride lies buried,
For at a frown they in their glory die.
The painful warrior famoused for fight,
After a thousand victories once foil'd,
Is from the book of honour razed quite,
And all the rest forgot for which he toil'd:
  Then happy I, that love and am beloved
  Where I may not remove nor be removed.
      Shakespeare's Sonnet 25

*****
Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/15/2020
10,032 confirmed cases 
311 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/15/2020
214,698 confirmed cases 
14,064 deaths, including 10,899 in NYC



Tuesday, April 14, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 15

My Art in the time of a Pandemic


Today was about finding the calm in the midst of chaos.  It is important to slow down, take a deep breath, and not panic.  Access your situation, and control what you can.

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Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/14/2020
9,472 confirmed cases 
302 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/14/2020
203,020 confirmed cases 
10,842 deaths, including 7,905 in NYC


Monday, April 13, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 14

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Art is emotion.  Art is passion.  Art is love. Art is struggle.

Handmade book by Suzanne Coley
Opera and Theatre take us through dramatic trajectories of emotions, in the short span of two hours.

This morning I watched a wonderful production of Hamlet, starring Michelle Terry in the title role.  This gender fluid Shakespeare production was filmed at the Globe Theatre in London.

This is how The Globe described the production:
"Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humor, Hamlet is a colossus in the story of English language and the fullest expression of Shakespeare's genius." The Globe also offers programs, talks, and podcasts that you can download.

Hamlet is free on YouTube and will be available until Sunday, 19 April 2020.  It is amazing to see this great production on YouTube!  I would love to see more: maybe the Met?

*****

Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/13/2020
8,936 confirmed cases 
262 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/13/2020
195,749 confirmed cases 
10,058 deaths, including 7,349 in NYC

Sunday, April 12, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 13

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Nothing like reading the newspaper on Sunday mornings. 
I enjoy touching the 22"x 24"pages.  I find myself holding them close to my face especially when I get lost in a story.  Pinching the cool coarse edges to turn a page reminds me that there are more stories waiting.  The sound of creasing, crinkling, crumpling paper sends a smile to my face.  The familiar musty scent brings back memories of years of reading about politics, crime, business, entertainment and lifestyles.  Each Sunday everything seems so new, unimaginable.  Looking back, everything becomes like the thin newsprint itself, made from wood pulp and recycled matter -- not intended to last long.

This morning when I was reading the Sunday Times, I was going to print my linocut on the cover like I usually do.  But when I read the wonderful article The Caribou Lessons by Caroline Van Hemert in the Travel Section, I began to dream of traveling across majestic plains and magnificent mountains.  I thought of all the places I wanted to visit and never had the time.


Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/12/2020
8,225 confirmed cases 
236 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/12/2020
189,033 confirmed cases 
9,385 deaths, including 6,898 in NYC




Saturday, April 11, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 12

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Day by day, minute by minute, I work.

I feel like the book lover in "Time Enough at Last" an episode of the Twilight Zone.  Desiring time to work until every muscle in my body aches.  Not feeling any discomfort, only excitement to do what I love -- create.  
*****

Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/11/2020
7,694 confirmed cases 
206 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/11/2020
181,825 confirmed cases 
8,650 deaths, including 6,367 in NYC

Friday, April 10, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 11

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic


Looking back . . .
Today I was looking for an image I created a few years ago and I had to go through several drawers and boxes of my older works.
It was nice to take a pause from my usual schedule and look through a few books that I created five years ago.
You notice change when you look back.


Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/10/2020
6,968 confirmed cases 
171 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/10/2020
174,481 confirmed cases 
7,884 deaths, including 5,820 in NYC

Thursday, April 9, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 10

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone besmear'd with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till the judgment that yourself arise,
You live in this, and dwell in lover's eyes.
     Shakespeare, Sonnet 55

 *****

      Today I spent ten hours working on my handmade textile books.  The base materials for my books are wedding dresses that I find at second hand shops.  I take the dresses apart at the seams and paint and dye the individual fabric pieces.  Since the lock down I've been fascinated by the colors royal blue and fuchsia. Perhaps I am thinking of Spring flowers, because I have dyed almost every piece of fabric either royal blue or fuchsia.  I dye the fabrics in a huge black pot. To get the perfect colors, I have to stir the pot often.  It is a tedious and long process, but dyeing the fabrics this way gives the fabrics beautiful colors.  Hopefully, I will post the results in a few days.


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Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/9/2020
6,185 confirmed cases 
138 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/9/2020
161,799 confirmed cases 
7,067 deaths, including 5,150 in NYC

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 9

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic


The Library is Closed
Temporal Lines by Suzanne Coley
In Maryland, the coronavirus was moving quickly and on March 12 at 4pm, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order prohibiting public access to State buildings.  Libraries were closed the next day.  If you borrowed any books or videos from the library, their due dates were automatically extended and all fines and fees during the closure were waived.

I'm an avid reader and researcher and the closure of libraries has been a little difficult.  I appreciate the free access to e-books and the library's digital resources, but I don't really use them. The Maryland libraries also have a link to the Library of Congress catalog and searching for information on it is a little intimidating.  The other day I was looking for Richard Burton's performance in Hamlet and it gave me Richard Burton's marriages.

With the libraries closed, I've been relying on my personal library.  Right now I'm reading Henry IV, Parts One and Two.  I've read all of Shakespeare's tragedies and comedies, but never had time to read his history plays.  These days we hear so much about the British monarchy, I'm interested in reading what a playwright wrote about the crown.


Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/8/2020
5,529 confirmed cases 
124 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/8/2020
151,069 confirmed cases
6,268 deaths, including 4,571 in NYC

* Today, Wuhan lifted its lockdown.  

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 8

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Printmaking on textile by Suzanne Coley
    Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws,
And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;
Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger's jaws,
And burn the long-liv'd Phoenix in her blood;
Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleets,
And do whate'er thou wilt, swift-footed Time,
To the wide world and all her fading sweets;
But I forbid thee one more heinous crime:
O, carve not with the hours my love's fair brow,
Nor draw no lines there with thine antique pen!
Him in thy course untainted do allow
For beauty's pattern to succeeding men.
Yet do thy worst, old Time! Despite thy wrong
My love shall in my verse ever live young.
      Shakespeare's Sonnet 19

I selected Sonnet 19 for my post today because of the way Shakespeare personified Time as a powerful, devouring monster-like creature.  Puissant Time has the ability to burn the immortal mythical phoenix in her own blood.  

Yet, there are things Time itself won't touch. 


Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/7/2020
4,371 confirmed cases 
103 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/7/2020
139,875 confirmed cases
5,489 deaths, including 4,009 in NYC


Monday, April 6, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 7

My Art in the Time of a Pandemic

Heroes for the Times

Today on the CBS morning news, I watched reporter David Begnaud, dressed in what seemed like a well-equipped space suit, interview doctors and nurses working in the critical care unit of a Brooklyn hospital.  Mr. Begnaud showed viewers what is really happening in the ICU and the challenges medical personnel are facing every day with the coronavirus.  One of the nurses he interviewed was wearing a make-shift protective gear cut from plastic.  Her papery face mask didn't seem like it would last through her shift.  When Mr. Begnaud asked her what she needed, she responded, "I'd like a mask like yours for all of us.  And, a white suit like you have."  Mr. Begnaud then asked her what she was wearing and she said, "A plastic bag.  We are all wearing plastic bags."  Medical personnel were wearing plastic bags over their scrubs.  One doctor wore ski goggles to protect his eyes.

Mr. Begnaud's percipient interview will stick with me for the rest of my life.  Even though reporters don't have a lot of equipment, and need whatever they have, Mr. Begnaud gave that nurse his mask.

This news report showed the dire shortage of essential protective equipment for front-line workers.
If you can stream this episode "Like Something from the Twilight Zone on CBS, I highly recommend it.  Great reporting by Mr. Begnaud.

Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/6/2020
4,045 confirmed cases
91 deaths        

Update in New York State - 4/6/2020
131,239 confirmed cases
4,758 deaths

Sunday, April 5, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 6

My Art in a Time of a Pandemic

When birds sing and church bells ring . . .
Each day I create a circle in a square as a reminder of the birds singing, 4/5/2020
For the past week I've been waking up to birds singing outside my window.  Sweet, heart piercing tunes that take my mind off the shortage of masks, gloves, and gowns for front-line workers.  The need for more ventilators for the increasing number of critically ill.
Wind Songs #4, by Suzanne Coley
Songs with no words that speak to my soul, reminding me of the closed churches, closed schools, closed funeral homes.  The death of loved ones and how families cannot properly bury their bodies.  Cities can barely house them till they reach their final resting places.  And, if there is a funeral or resting place, no more than 10 people can attend.  Family must watch on video or through FB.
Wind Song #3 by Suzanne Coley
The birds sing each morning, giving me concerts as if I have special seats at the Met Opera or La Scala.  I wish I could give these birds a standing ovation, let them know I hear them.  Let them know I understand nature.
Wind Song #10 by Suzanne Coley
These birds must have been singing every morning outside my window, but I was too busy with life to pay attention.

Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/5/2020
3,609 confirmed cases
68 deaths

Update in New York State - 4/5/2020
122,596 confirmed cases
4,159 deaths

Saturday, April 4, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 5

My Art in a Time of a Pandemic

Two decades ago, I printed this photo in my darkroom.  This morning when I heard there were 630 deaths in 24 hours in New York,  I pulled it out of my archives.  And, I began to pray.
Madonna Rising in Times Square by Suzanne Coley, analog photography 
One hundred years with you would not be enough
To show you all my love
To shower you with kisses
To touch you where it tickles
To soften the blows of life
To capture the wind in a jar and save for a still day

One hundred years with you would not be enough
For me to feel your presence as 
We swim in the lake guided by the moon
Even hurricanes didn’t touch our oak cabin you built
Sturdy roof and small kitchen for two

We have had wars where lives were lost
Property was destroyed, children made orphans
Our love endured

Two days left before I take my final breath
The machine will be turned off and all I
Can think of is your kisses on my breasts
On that cold winter day during the depression

We thought we would never get through
Long lines in cold weather with holes in our shoes
Tears in our coats, empty pockets
We thought we would never know what it
Would be like to pay rent again after 
Your company lost it all

When the power is turned off and the machine
Goes silent with the beat of my heart, one
Hundred years will never be enough, however
One day with you was more than I could
Ever dream in this lifetime.
            by Suzanne Coley
                                ***********

Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/4/2020
3,125 confirmed cases
54 deaths

Update in New York State - 4/4/2020
114,859 confirmed cases
3,565 deaths

Friday, April 3, 2020

100 Days of COVID-19, Day 4

My Art in a time of a Pandemic


Memories of teaching coding and embroidery at a New York City High School
This year I was invited by Eleanor Roosevelt High School on the upper Eastside of Manhattan to teach art and design in several of their computer classes.  These STEM classes were taught by an innovative computer educator named Susan Ettenheim.
Susan Ettenheim has been working on several projects. One of them aims to extend the computer coding skills of high schoolers in a very creative way.
When working with textiles, the first thing I encourage all students to do is paint their own fabrics.  Start projects with blank canvases and create their own marks and images from the beginning.  We began our project with three basic colors, blue, yellow and red.
The students were very happy with their first layer - painted textures.  After the paints dried, the students printed their computer coded designs, using an embroidery machine, onto the fabrics.  This created their second layer.
The final layer was hand embroidery and stitching.  Teaching the students traditional hand embroidery techniques that they had only seen on computer screens was very enlightening. Many students commented that stitching, when coded and printed by the machine, seemed very easy and fast. When the same stitches were done by hand, students noticed the complexity of the process and the amount of fine-tuning it took to achieve various styles and designs.

It is always magical to compare the embroidery to the design and the code. The embroidery becomes a type of haptic pseudocode.

The final project was going to be a large quilt with 108 panels created by the students. This quilt was due to be auctioned for scholarships. Schools in NYC were closed on March 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Coronavirus Disease 2019: Update in Maryland- 4/3/2020
2,758 confirmed cases
42 deaths

Update in New York State - 4/3/2020
102,870 confirmed cases
2,935 deaths









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