Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Word for 2018

My word for 2018 is to simplify all aspects of my life. I'm starting with cleaning out my studio so I can focus on a few projects. I want my supplies close at hand, a utilitarian space. It's become a storage place which doesn't support my creativity. The whole process seems overwhelming but I work at it a little each day and am seeing progress. What I want to keep are tools, paints, inks and paper. I ordered flat files for the papers. What to do with all the books?

That leads to cleaning out bookshelves in other parts of the house. Letting go and concentrating on where my focus will be- calligraphy, painting, book binding, stitching. Hopefully, this will make room for more making and less finding.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy 2018- Words for Light and Life

Looking forward to the New Year with fresh eyes, a joyful spirit, a peaceful mind and a local focus on the people and things important to me here and now where I live and walk. I made this card for my final project in Carol DuBosch's calligraphy class Fall term. She challenged us to make a professionally printed piece that looks made by hand. We studied Modern Versals which is my new favorite script and the one I used to letter this card. May these words fill your life in 2018.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Winter 2017 Weather Grams

One of my favorite rituals is hanging weather grams for the new season. These celebrate the Winter Solstice- a way of bringing in the light. I love to see them all hanging on the tree and appreciate the exchange every three months. Thanks you dear friends.

 This year, my good friend, Sandy, lettered four weather grams for my tree.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Taos NM Travel Journal

This month, I traveled to Taos NM for a workshop on "Deepening Your Art Through Daily Practice" with Laurie Doctor. We stayed at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House for a week. What a wonderful experience combining the people, place, landscape, art, spirit, food and history. Here are pages from my travel journal.

I made a file folder journal adding Aches Text Wove paper signatures in the front and back. Before pamphlet stitching the signatures, I covered the binding end with Tyvek. I bound them together to form the book binding and covered them with a strip of fabric.

This is the first page with the left pocket and the signature.

My travel journals include a calendar-

a map-

a spread about Mabel's House-

the solarium where I stayed-

an interest where Native American Pueblo culture meets Western religion-

some of Tony Luhan's wall paintings with thanks to Amy Bogard for the ones in his room-

a spread on our workshop-

Mabel brought many artists to New Mexico including Georgia O'Keeffe-

the food-

the back cover-

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Bottled Up Emotions

One day, I was reading Leslie K. Pearson's website and saw her book entitled "Bottled Up Emotions". This book resonated with me and inspired me to create my own version for my calligraphy class Spring term final project.

The back has an EKG reading-

The book contains 55 pages of negative emotions that are hard to express-

Around each word are the antonyms or positive emotions and feelings.

As someone who tends to keep her emotions bottled up, this project was very therapeutic. It's a great tool to turn a negative emotion around and feel more positive. In this crazy world, I've found it very helpful.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wise Words

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The 70,273 Project and His Majesty's Hope

Are you familiar with Susan Elia MacNeal's Maggie Hope mystery series? She sets her books in Britain and Europe during WWII. Her book, His Majesty's Hope, is set in Berlin and makes one relive the heartache of the 70,273 lives lost in 1940-1941.

Jeanne Hewell-Chambers explains on her blog, the barefoot heart, about The 70,273 Project. This worldwide collaborative project commemorates the lives of the 70,273 physically and mentally disabled people murdered by German Nazis. The white fabric represents their medical records; the two red X's represent the judgement of doctors, after they read those records, as to whether they should be executed. If the doctors marked two red X's on the medical record, the decision was made. She is collecting 70,273 double red X's and is still taking contributions.

The red X's will be made into quilts and shown all over the world. Women working together and creating a movement to enlighten the world about untold horrors which hopefully will prevent the same atrocities from occuring in the future.