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.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

White-Ellery House Full Report

The minute I walked into the White-Ellery House last fall to see Karen Battles and Lesley Lyman's wonderful installation, Here, Long Ago, I knew I wanted to create work for the space and was pleased to have been given the opportunity thanks to Leon Doucette of the Cape Ann Museum. As I've started to spend more time with words and calligraphy lately, I wanted that to be my focus. In a search for texts to use, I went to the Cape Ann Museum Archives. There were no writings from those who lived in the house itself, but, with the assistance of the archivists, I found two journals of Hannah S. Babson from 1847–1850. Hannah began writing in September 1847 when she was twelve years old and marked her thirteenth birthday on December seventh of that year. I read a few pages and felt I had found my source.

I photographed the pages of the journal with my iphone and then read through all the pages on my phone. It was handy to have them in a portable format but tedious to make my way through all the images, enlarging sections as I went. Luckily her handwriting was neat and fairly easy to read. I've enjoyed getting to know Hannah over the last few months. She mostly described the events of her days. She didn't write about her feelings, but she did express opinions about class assignments and sermons, music, and lectures she heard.

I then chose the passages to share and wrote them on index cards. I purchased 12"-wide white tracing paper rolls and metallic black (almost looks like graphite when written) Zig calligraphy markers from Nia at my favorite art store, Artist and Craftsman in Saugus, MA. It seemed complicated to try to figure out the lettering and hanging of the banners at the house and then work at home. I also thought it would be a more meaningful experience for me to do the lettering on site. On Thursday, June 1, my husband and I packed up paper, markers, wire, lights, and ladders and headed to Gloucester. I worked directly on the paper with no lines or sketches. I hesitate to share this picture of me doing nothing with my body that a calligraphy manual or my chiropractor would recommend, but here it is.

The house was open to the public on Saturday, June 3, from 11–3. There was a steady flow of visitors throughout the day. I had many interesting conversations. People were surprised at the richness of the cultural life in Gloucester at the time. Among other events, Hannah attended lectures by Thoreau and Emerson. One woman commented how much she liked reading the hand-lettered banners. She found herself reading more slowly and enjoying the experience. It was gratifying to hear and made me feel that all the work I did for just four hours of sharing was worth it.

I hadn't thought about the taking-down process and had no plan for what to do with the work after. I started by laying them in a pile.

I soon realized it would be very time-consuming to try to keep them from getting wrinkled. Since I had no idea what I would do with them after, I crumpled them up

and put them in a bag to take home for recycling.

I always talk about process being more important than product. Sometimes it's good to actually follow through on what we preach.

You can view photos of all the banners and get to know Hannah in my flickr album
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