Thursday, October 20, 2016

night and day

 i do a lot of work in my kitchen 
and dining room at my old farmhouse
like they are my studio,
which, i suppose, they are.
 i finally pulled the summer book together
after conferring with a good friend about where to go with it
 wrote in all of the poems and words
 quotes and added in feathers
sewed in some things...
some of the fold-outs are quite long
 with surprise prints
 i stayed up very late one night
and wrote a LOT in cursive no less
 these pages are quite large, 
13 by 17, perhaps?
 and there was a lovely walk yesterday
late afternoon sun
at the new place:

 sugar maple
 shimmering staghorn sumac
cattail cat tails

tricks played by ferns and trees

 the new road being built
 the old wall

 wild clematis seeds
 goldenrod still coming!
  coming home the back way
soil for the garden waits.

Friday, October 14, 2016

good folks

i love my friends
they have hearts
and give good advice.
today i had occasion to speak with
mark and sam and val.
may i say right here that all of them
like me
chose the north country
over other livings.
other friends i keep in touch with
mostly through this magic,
the infrequent call,
you all know who you are, but back to this morning.
i went to visit mark's press
saw his doings and got terrific advice.
i took a pile of book models i'd made while teaching to sam
and one made by a student using something sam made,
but my kid was too embarrassed to take it out of the room.
(boys don't sew or make journals.)
and val who minds the children's library
and has such a big heart.
here are some shots of an almost complete
summer journal
it's a thin, big book
contact and daylily prints and shifu
four papers and cloths
mapping north russell,
north country,
north america.
 big fold-outs
 'experimental' printmaking and stitching
 and cloth 
mapping songbirds and daylilies.
autumn is next.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

day lilies and song birds

this is well underway now,
filled with one signature of eight pages
pages that have fold-outs and add-ons and prints and stitches and words...
i'm not done, but the structure is there 
and the lilies and birds are, too.
it's a record of this summer of deep peace
of joy in change.
and a wee bit of fear, as in respect, too.
mostly, though, it's a journal of content.
 the changes here
are brilliant
 and at the new place called home
 view from the little big room.
the pond is a stream now,
almost all dried up.
 in yesterday's mail, 
sweet tiny dress card from aimee
yesterday i went out
in the rain, 
in boots and hat
gathering printing plants.
i came in and made three large pieces
all finished up and in the press.
just in case of ticks
i showered and shampooed and did the thorough check.
remember the hat?
well, my hair is sometimes more out of control than i know...
and this was what remained:
a coil of long curls
a leaf and
a worm.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

still working out on the porch

here's a bit of very recent 
contact printing
for me
(not for the HP project)
the top is a silk cloth
the bottom is three long papers and a book
 long paper detail
 wolseley's book snuck in
and i couldn't help taking a photo
of my little prints hanging out with a page from landmarks 3. 
while doing this i'm pulling together my summer journal
trying to complete it.
working on the porch in very sweet weather.
it's called daylilies and songbirds 
 it's got bird prints and contact prints
shifu and kami-ito,
and even some kitikata and cotton,
and day lily prints and maybe a snake print, too.
and i'm beginning to put in my summer notes.
next time the book should/might come first
so the notes can live in there
day by day.
i am pretty excited about this one.
and may even finish sewing up the shiny book.
i'm learning an honesty i didn't know before
while dealing with local color 
trees and folks
(greed neighbors not being neighborly)
on this lovely lovely day.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

autumn colors

these two are the spread out edition for Hand Papermaking
genevieve lapp made the paper, i printed.
so much variety 
so many hours of printing.
152 papers here
(there are a few left over "in case" and a few duds).
 the porch helped me manage all of the chaos of printing.
 and after it all was done
sent to and received by tom bannister,
i bundled up a silk scarf.
 i also continued making lokta kami-ito 
for another project.
an article about shifu.
 the st lawrence county arts council
emailed they had some bookbinding material 
for me.
one thing i could not decipher 
was this jar of pink crystalized stuff.
peter verheyan said to dump it.
it smelled like my old elementary school
and erasers.
 this is my favorite of the found leaves so far this autumn
 and i collected some spent late daylilies
and printed with these
and these
a fine gift from my internet friend
gin petty
who sent them to me to test in contact printing.
 and here are the results 
the bronze leaves are tupelo.
 and today
 i'm writing an article,
a joyful task because it's heart work, 
that 's been brewing for some time
i have 5000 words that must
whittle down to 3000.
edit edit edit.
(yes, that does sound like a frog)
october 1.

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