Sunday, May 21, 2017

Studio Sunday-Naming the Garden II

I'm enjoying my Naming the Garden project—writing Latin Genus names on a strip of paper and photographing them with the flower. I didn't want to use black ink. I thought about colors to match the flowers but that seemed too complicated. I decided to go with gray and brown—neutral, not so strong as black, and available in the studio. Here are some of the images. If you want to see them as I do them, follow me on instagram (susankapuscinskigaylord).

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Art Installation in Gloucester, MA

​Reading the Past, part of the Cape Ann Museum's Insights Program, is a calligraphic installation by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord of excerpts from the 1847–48 journal of 13-year-old Gloucester resident Hannah S. Babson. The largely unaltered and unfurnished First Period house provides an evocative backdrop for the contemporary lettering on long tracing paper banners. The journal writings, found in the Cape Ann Museum Archives, bring the rhythms of everyday life alive through Hannah's observations of school and home, family and friends. The one-day installation will be on view on Saturday, June 3, from 11 AM to 3 PM. The artist will be in attendance.

If you're in the area, I hope you'll join me. It's a one day only event which means a lot of work for four hours. I'll share photos after the event for those who can't. I will mention it is the same day as the Cape Ann Artisans Studio Tour should you want to make a day of it. 

White-Ellery House, 245 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA
Saturday, June 3, 11 AM–3 PM


Monday, May 01, 2017

Happy May!

May we take strength and comfort from the blossoming earth
and its cycle of renewal.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Poetry Month-Walking Haiku by Ann McCrea

I have done several books of haiku with poet friends related to a workshop I teach, Keepsake Books: DIY Bookmaking for Writers, Poets, and Graphic Novelists. The binding—punched holes, small sticks, and crochet cotton—was straightforward,

but the layout was complicated. I started by hand-lettering the words

and then scanned in the images. The book was made from two sheets of copy paper. Because we were printing on a color copier, I needed to leave a 1/4" border all around and cut the paper after. I worked in indesign and put the poem on the verso (left ) page with a pale reverse version of the collage as a background and the collage image on the recto (right) page. I always make paper mock-ups of the books. There is no way I could keep track of the placement in indesign.

Here are the pages:

Ann assembled some friends for a binding party and we bound 100 copies in a morning. I believe Ann still has some copies for sale. If you are interested in purchasing one, contact Ann McCrea.

This is the last post for Poetry Month. Studio Sunday will be on vacation for a few weeks and return on May 21. You'll hear from me before then. I have some event info to share.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Poetry Month-Deep in the weave by Paul Marion

I exhibited this at the Whistler House Gallery in Lowell in a show with stained glass artist Karen Bingley in the early '80s. I drew the weaved pattern with a technical pen. In those days I signed my work with a swan with a quill.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Poetry Month-Winter Hawk by Paul Marion

I did "Winter Hawk" sometime in the early '80s. The photo is terrible but I always liked this one. I was quite a fan of sweeping descenders.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Poetry Month-Salmon Ladders by Paul Marion

"Salmon Ladders" was one of the earliest pieces I did of Paul's poems, probably in 1979. I think I was still primarily using an Osmiroid cartridge pen. The lettering was reasonably even and well-shaped but I hadn't managed to invest any personality in it yet.
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