clair van vleit
who runs janus press taught this
simple structure tome in a class
she taught at the paper trail in ottawa.
a LONG time ago.
using it with amazing paper deepens the experience of simple
this paper is rhubarb with abaca
a paper i have only once been able to duplicate.
simple old rhubarb
hides its fiber
and then the season for papermaking is past.
like these little squares,
truly good work
can be woven on the simplest of looms.
i had thought to make a simple booklet
to explain a bit about shifu
and contact printing on papers,
i wrote about it,
and so a dummy appeared in my mail,
my designer, printer, and dear friend carol
and i have been cooking up a project
for me to share
with students and friends.
i'm heading to australia in a month.
teaching and traveling and being in
for a short while.
i've been swamped and forgetting things
simple things that made me happy:
a new year greeting
from the cave
a message i am loving,
and i will continue
to make little things
and bigger things.