Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Celebrating Summer Solstice with Weather Grams

Yesterday, I hung my weather grams in the lilac tree in the front yard. It's a wonderful ritual to share with my calligraphy friends. We've done this for five years now, four seasons a year. Each one is special and makes me think of the scribe who wrote it.

Thank you dear friends.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Immigration Activist Scribe

For our final class project, we became activist scribes. I chose immigration as my theme because I feel passionately about the subject and it's meaning to our country. My grandfather immigrated to the US from Sweden. My inspiration for the format of my artwork came from the Vision Quilt  about preventing gun violence. My focus combined Lady Liberty and the Virgin of Guadalupe to welcome immigrants to our shores and across our borders.

 The Neuland lettering of Emma Lazarus' poem is made of fabric.

Four quotes on immigration surround her.
Nihil humamum a me alienum puto.  Nothing human is alien to me. Terrence, Roman poet
This was the slogan of the Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1933-2003.

George Washington said, "I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted of mankind to whatever nation they belong."

"Remember always, that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionaries." Franklin D. Roosevelt

John F. Kennedy said, "Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of  American life."

The banner  promotes "A World Without Borders".

Friday, May 27, 2016

Mexico Travel Journal

Last weekend, I made a new travel journal for an upcoming trip to Mexico. The cover is created with fabric swatches ironed onto a fusible backing then Kantha stitched with similar-colored embroidery threads. Celeste Douville crocheted the blue flower. It's similar technique to the stitched journal that I made in January for my New Orleans vacation.

Each signature end is covered with some deli paper gelatin prints.  I like to paint a few journal pages in preparation for traveling.We're learning a variety of Neuland techniques in our calligraphy class this term. The lettering is walnut ink with watercolor plus inline Neuland letters.

Flow Magazine inspired the flower watercolor paintings.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Spring Haiku

The temple bell stops
but I still hear the sound
coming out of the flowers

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New Orleans Travel Journal

We returned home this weekend from a wonderful week in New Orleans. Here's a few pages from my travel journal. With not much time to sketch, many pages are a montage of ephemera and photos. Trip highlights include- great friends, Whitney Plantation, The House of Blues Gospel Brunch, Chris Roberts-Aniteau Galleries, street musician jazz, Preservation Hall, architecture and food.

This NY Times article by David Amsden explains the Whitney Plantation history of slavery and the experience of confronting the issues of racism and slavery in our country today -  

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Playing with Collage and Paint

 Last week, I played with friends layering collage and paint on 4x4 inch wood blocks. I like the soft, blue-green feel to these four. This is another exercise from Nick Bantock's book- The Trickster's Hat- A Mischievous Apprenticeship in Creativity.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Weather Grams

Happy Spring
Blessed with wonderful calligraphy and poet friends.