Friday, August 18, 2017

weaving and gray

kozo account book moro-jifu,  milkweed and hosta paper
composition games
not smoke and mirrors
just me in the old milk house resevoir
making gray for caliban
out of fresh black walnuts, 
water, 
pickle juice vinegar, 
iron & copper pipes
on paper and three cotton cloth strips

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

participate

my post from sunday i've decided NOT to post
everyone who stops here knows
understands our crazy country, and knows they must act.
so,
here
here is the project that rowland ricketts asked for community participation from
so here, 
in the north country,
i put this square in my window.
 we will see what the northern sun does to a circle of indigo cotton cloth.
(i have chosen circle over square)
 so there's some ai in the window 
until december.
in town at st lawrence university
 peace paper project is installing a show.
 since i will be co-teaching book arts there this fall.
i am privy to some of the excitement,
and have been hanging around
making paper
and talking to drew matott.
who gifted me this.
 this piece was printed on paper made from the american flag.
flag paper.
hand papermaking.
 this exhibit shows what is going on
in many spots in the world
as handpapermaking 
and making art from that paper
inspires social justice.
 iphoto is the program i have a wee understanding of.
here, 
silly iphoto 
superimposed or whatever you call it
some of today's images.
i wanted to tell you about jim koss's new book of poems
(available from amazon).
i am so happy to have this book to dive into.
the photo is sort of what's happening in my brain right now.
nevertheless i make work.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

paper!

 i've been working with hemp
these sheets are hemp top that i processed
in Zone 4's valley beater
 using three pigments procured 
from melbourne etching
caput morte, raw sienna, terre vert.
learning to manage retention aid after too many years.
 and a sweet message arrived from seattle with the 
prospectus for Jim Koss's new book
 and these special needles,
thank you Kate!
 save pulp
 the beater/press room at Zone 4

 hemp sliver half beaten
yesterday's batch was a fine warm white hemp sliver
looking forward to seeing how the pigments work on this stuff.

 this beater and i have some history

 lovely stuff
 just before finishing.
just under 2 hours of beating.
my hannah sent me this lovely bone feather
that i can string and wear.
and so far the weekend is only half over!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

worlds turn

this morning i was reminded again
of beauty,
mortality,
and human doings.
it's rained so much here
and where i was out west, not enough.
not enough and forest fires
too.
i am feeling normal and fit now
i can lift pulp-filled buckets again.
 this sign placed by my new amish neighbors has a subscript:
no sunday sales
 the semintals look on
  i love her piebald face hiding behind goldenrod
her tiny whiskers sunlit
 sunshine
 on cattle

 here's their pasture
with all the things:
woodhenge, signage, machinery, 
that woodsy area on the right borders my place
 across the road is their old stripey barn
 robin's eggshell on my drive
 this week i printed
and 
made paper
(paper photos to come)
 these were pretty fine
 and the pot is fine, too
 terra enamel diaper pot.
sort that one out for fun!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

extremes

i will tell you that it rained.
HARD.
beginning around 3 AM it rained 
all day monday.
there were floods, the roads underwater
washing out a bit
and just down the road from my house
i eased past a van 
that hydroplaned sideways in the depths.
 i've never seen such rain here
 and then again it rained thursday
and water was standing in the yard. wet everywhere.
saturated.
my job has been to heal.
which is on its own schedule
not the one i want it to follow.
 so i've been around the place a lot
(sleeping a lot)
which now really is jungleized.
and i'm watching this year's teenagers.
all awkward
and funny
and i've been
 enjoying the hollyhocks
that began at my friend's house
years and years ago.
 on the front stoop yesterday
the bunnies were bold.
they are all eyes, ears, and nose
and leg
 sweet cottontail.
a shifu heart from a friend
warmed my heart
and another card with shifu and spun gold!
it's still july,
but i've felt august and even september
playing games around the corners.
two sunny days, now.
i'm thinking of the end of august
when i will be co-teaching one book arts class twice a week
at st. lawrence university
with melissa schulenburg.
i'm really happy about that committment
giving structure to my autumn
without the responsibility of a full teaching load.
 i'm happy to be working with students again.
this time older and a bit more mature, maybe.
~~~
back from my walk
and i realize i'm not back yet. 
i forgot my manners.
thank you all for your well wishes. 
i am healing well, more slowly than i had expected, but thoroughly
as far as i can tell.
things are working a bit better, 
though naps are still necessary.
again, thank you.


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