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Sunday, September 25, 2016

65th Birthday Open Studio Celebration Report


I am just getting around to dismantling my display from last Saturday’s 65th Birthday Open Studio Celebration. I have been putting off taking the work down. Although I’ll always carry all the joy and good feelings of that day in my heart, I can still feel them in the air here. I know it’s time to bring our first floor back to working and living mode, but I will miss the palpable emanations from the gathered work. 

The celebration could not have been better. Both my children were here, one from Seattle and one just before leaving for a new chapter in her life in New York. They have been such a part of my work from their childhood days in the studio to their advice and support as adults. It was so right to have them be a part of the celebration. There was a steady stream of people all day. My son said it had an Our Town kind of feel and I think it did. Two of my kids’ preschool teachers, their pediatrician, a candidate for state government who came in on his campaign walk, friends that have become family, fellow artists with whom I have shared the journey, as well as people I did not know but felt an immediate connection to.

It was so gratifying to have so many people come to see the work, and to really look at it carefully. There was plenty of conversation but it was not like some art receptions where it seems that the social aspect is the dominant one. In my promotion of the event, I tried to stress that while there was work for sale, that was not the purpose. Sales were better than they have ever been for me (friends and family took care of that so I could enjoy the day unencumbered by such concerns) but people who came to just look seemed very comfortable doing so which was my intention. Many people (both familiar and new faces) thanked me for sharing my space, my work, and my birthday with them. To quote Kurt Vonnegut in his book of advice to the young, “If this isn’t nice, what is?”

If you have been reading my 65th year posts, you know I have been working through some things related to my work and its interaction with the larger world. As I prepared for the Open Studio, I confirmed my commitment to acceptance and joy. I had prepared the text of the 65th year posts to publish in a hand-sewn simple book. As the time drew closer, I decided not to do it. I wanted to start my 66th year fresh as the artist who is content with her choices and her work and ready to embrace the future. 

Another change I made as I prepared was to only show my art. I had originally thought I would share some examples from my most recent teaching with adults, some of my commercial calligraphy from the past, and my solstice cards over the years. As I started to put up my art, I realized that I wanted it to be center stage. While I believe in the value of all creative endeavors, a lot of my 65th year has been about claiming my identification as artist. Thank you to all of you who have read my words over the years and supported me in my life and work.







I am considering putting some of the easier to ship things on my etsy site. You'll be the first to know.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autumn 2016


May the autumnal balance of light and dark bring us serenity
as we treasure the waning days of warmth.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Open Studio


I just found this as a draft file. I thought I had posted it earlier.

Here's the invitation. I know many of you do not live nearby but am sharing for those of you who are. Just thought I'd mention that if you are considering coming and are not familiar with the area, Newburyport is a charming seaport town with shops, galleries, and restaurants and the Plum Island Wildlife Refuge and a beautiful beach nearby.

You can find a little more info here.


Slat Book from 1990



Another piece from the past, this one from 1990 when I had done a lot of research into Asian book forms and had fallen in love with covered binder's board used as pages. This is based on the slat books made of wood or bamboo from ancient China. Three of the slats have text written vertically, words I composed after my week with Jenny Hunter Groat at Green Gulch Zen Center: Hear the space, See the silence, Touch the grace. This will be on display and for sale at my Open Studio on Saturday (September 17, 10-4, 311 High St, Newburyport, MA). 

In an unfortunate bit of timing, my computer crashed last week. I have decided to ignore it until after the Open Studio. I have done this post on my iPhone and think may switch to my laptop for the next one.



Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Open Studio Prep-Mexican Cemetery Book

Getting ready for my Open Studio has led to viewing older work for the first time in a while and reliving memories. I made this book using photographs from the cemetery at Isla Mujeres in Mexico. My daughter, then in fourth grade, was my companion. I remember how hot is was even though we started fairly early in the morning.


I liked a lot of the photos I took but didn't feel that they adequately represented the experience. To try to recreate visual excitement I felt, I made this accordion book with inkjet printed images mounted on heavy black paper and then trimmed around. I also added some very small size 14 seed beads. I liked the result but realized that I didn't like the level of planning I needed to do. Unlike the Spirit Books where every step evolves unplanned and feels fresh and new, I found the final assembly rather tedious. I had thought when I started that I would make a small edition, but one was enough. I never made this sort of book again.


Open Studio Prep-Mexican Cemetery Book

Getting ready for my Open Studio has led to viewing older work for the first time in a while and reliving memories. I made this book using photographs from the cemetery at Isla Mujeres in Mexico. My daughter, then in fourth grade, was my companion. I remember how hot is was even though we started fairly early in the morning.


I liked a lot of the photos I took but didn't feel that they adequately represented the experience. To try to recreate visual excitement I felt, I made this accordion book with inkjet printed images mounted on heavy black paper and then trimmed around. I also added some very small size 14 seed beads. I liked the result but realized that I didn't like the level of planning I needed to do. Unlike the Spirit Books where every step evolves unplanned and feels fresh and new, I found the final assembly rather tedious. I had thought when I started that I would make a small edition, but one was enough. I never made this sort of book again.


Monday, August 29, 2016

New Video-Accordion Book with Covers and a Tie


Here's how to add covers and a tie to your recycled accordion book. I think these make great little gifts. When I was teaching in schools, they were a Mother's Day favorite.

Here's the LINK in case the embed doesn't work for you.
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