Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Words For Our Time Book

I am so excited! Words For Our Time, my election inspired series of text-based pieces, is now available in book form. Each art page is followed by one with the texts of all the quotes on that page and their sources in type. People quoted include Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Jr, Audre Lorde, Albert Einstein, Ursula K. Le Guin. There are 58 inspirational quotes in all.

Words have always been my ballast and my anchor. I believe in their power. While I understand the saying “actions speak louder than words,” I believe that words can be where actions start. Throughout history, words have provided the spark to begin change and the sustenance to carry it through.

Words For Our Time is a series of artworks based on eight words: strength, hope, truth, peace, justice, love, courage, and compassion. Each was created from one large sheet of paper that was torn into separate sections. After the writing was complete, the pieces were sewn back together in an act of healing as I mended the torn paper and made it whole. They remind us of what is important in our personal and civic lives and provide encouragement and support in these difficult times.

The paperback book is $15. and can be purchased from amazon (buy the book here) and at the Paula Estey Gallery at 3 Harris Street in Newburyport where two of the framed originals are on exhibit as well as four Spirit Books.

You can take a closer look at the individual pieces here on my website.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Quote to Print & Share

Sometimes I'll be watching TV or listening to the radio and I'll hear a great quote. If it's simple enough, I can remember it while I find something to write with. Such was the case during episode 3 of season 4 of the Great British Baking Show on Friday night. I thought this quote from Mel was something I needed to hear and I think perhaps others might feel the same. Here is a link to print it.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

White-Ellery House Installation Photos by Tom Robinson-Cox

 Thanks to Tom Robinson-Cox of Gloucester for these wonderfully atmospheric photos of my installation, Reading the Past, at the White-Ellery House. I think he really captured the feeling.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Solstice 2017

Let us fill our hearts with the light of the longest day
and let our spirits shine. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Studio Sunday-Bookmarks XV

What's wrong with this picture?

The bookmark on top does not have the attribution. Alas, this is the collection that I slid into an envelope to send to Sarah Bodman in the UK for Bookmarks XV. There are 100 bookmarks, signed and numbered. I counted them multiple times, looked at them multiple times, and it wasn't until I saw the photograph of them, after I had mailed them of course, that I noticed that the top one was missing Thomas Carlyle's name. Grrr.

Each one was hand-lettered with Dr. Martin's Bleedproof White on torn strips of Shizen Design handmade paper from India that is 100% recycled from post consumer waste.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This Saturday is the last event of a couple of very busy months. I'll be giving a talk at the Paula Estey Gallery in Newburyport, MA at noon. Here's the info. Art Stop Saturday at Paula Estey Gallery
Art Matters: Talk by Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
Saturday, June 17, 12-1 P.M.

Newburyport artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord will share her experiences as an artist: how she came to be a person to whom art deeply matters, how art is her therapy and her religion, how she creates her signature series, the Spirit Books, and the motivation and process of her latest calligraphic series, Words For Our Time. To conclude the talk, Susan will “letter live” and create a calligraphy piece.  

Susan is one of the featured artists in PEG’s current exhibition, Pretty As A Picture: Tusinski, Roy & Gaylord. MA. She is inspired by the spirit of nature, both wild and cultivated, and the beauty and power of words. The exhibition includes her Spirit Books, wordless volumes of textured papers with twigs, beads, golden stitched spirals, and pinpricked designs that rest in cradles of branches and roots and honor the spirit of nature, and Words For Our Time, calligraphic quilts based on eight words: strength, hope, truth, peace, justice, love, courage, and compassion. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Studio Sunday-Pencils

When I visited my daughter in NYC last month, we went to CW Pencil Enterprise, a delightful shop on Forsyth St devoted to pencils. In addition to a collection of pencils, I bought a sharpener that does two sizes. When I sharpened one of the pencils the other day, I realized that I needed something to catch the sharpenings. Yesterday I found a little pewter cup to hold them at the Cushing House in Newburyport during the Garden Tour.

I also got a pencil with a hole for string that I am hanging on the wall with a push pin. If I remember to put it back, I'll always be able to find a pencil.

Here's few pictures of the shop.

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