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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Arts Tuesday-Letterbugs

It's summer when the garden is full of bugs, both helpful and not. I love these Letterbugs created from wood type by Bill Moran of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI. They are on exhibition at the Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery in Nashville, TN from September 6 to November 11, 2014.

Here's what the website says about the work:

Each Letterbug ™ is hand-printed using type manufactured by Hamilton and is part of that museum's collection of over 1.5 million pieces of wood type; the fine details completing each print come from much smaller metal type, or hand-inking, by Bill, creating unique effects on every print. The prints are an homage to the unique strata that insects and type occupy in their respective kingdoms.

And about the artist:

Bill Moran is a third-generation letterpress printer, graphic designer and artistic director of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Hamilton Manufacturing, founded in 1880, was the premier maker of wood type and printing equipment until 1992. Moran's letterbugs have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe and are included in the permanent collection of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, as well as Tipoteca Italiana in Cornuda, Italy.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Studio Sunday-Starting Spirit Book #78

I'm starting Spirit Book #78. The cradle is driftwood and the papers are handmade paper from Africa and handmade paper by Velma Bolyard which I purchased at the Book Arts Bazaar in Portland, Maine last spring. I'm still working on the design of the pages. It often takes several tries to come up with one I like.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Correct Link for Lantern Festival

There was a problem with the link to the Newburyport Daily News in yesterday's post. This is the correct one:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Reflections from the Newburyport Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival, sponsored by Greater Newburyport Cancer Awareness, will be held on August 31 at Bartlet Mall in Newburyport, MA. For the second year, I will be participating as a calligrapher, writing names and messages on the lanterns. I wrote an article about my experience last year with reflections from my point of view as a daughter and an artist for an As I See It column in The Daily News of Newburyport. You can read the article here.

Here are a few photos my daughter took last year:

And from Rebecca Wish Esche:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Arts Tuesday-Printmaking and Tunes

I'm taking the lazy way out this Tuesday and quoting from Peter Verheyen's post on the Book Arts List:

À la Poupée and the Chine Collés write and perform songs about inky fingers and broken hearts. It began in the printmaking-shop of the University of Kansas when a couple of grad students started writing songs about the joys and sorrows of making prints. Their first album released in September 2013 and was titled Artist Proof. Great tunes!

All songs are by Brian Hawkins & Greg Stone. Brian 'the Brayer' Hawkins is responsible for: piano, guitar, washboard, scraping and burnishing, and playing the aquatint box. He also sings. Greg 'the Litho' Stone is responsible for: more guitars, harmonica, levigating, paper tearing, inking, cleaning, screenprinting, and playing the drying racks. He also sings.

Here are the lyrics to one of their songs:

The Registration Blues

I asked her up to see my etchings all she did was smile
Said she'd heard that one before but she'd stay a little while
She said she liked my place and she liked my style
And everything was fine 'til she saw my prints in a pile

She said don't pretend I love you, don't pretend I care
But your poor registration is more than I can bear
I've gotta help you through this, I've gotta set you right
So listen to me, baby, you're gonna lose those blues tonight

'Cause you've got three plates and all you do is guess
Where to place the paper but it's rarely a success
It's not working for you baby, you've got nothing to lose
So listen to me, honey, I'm gonna sing those T-Bar blues

Well, trapping my paper's like trapping my soul
Stop preaching to me I wanna rock and roll
I've tried peg registration, yeah I've done my part
But punching holes in my paper's punching holes in my heart

These three lines will change your life forever
When you take a little time and mark your sheets of paper
There's nothing in this system that'll cause you distress
So you get all suicidal and wanna run yourself through the press

She said don't pretend I love you, don't pretend I care
But your poor registration's more than I can bear
I've gotta help you through this, I've gotta set you right
You've gotta lose those Registration Blues tonight

You can hear all their songs, read the lyrics, and purchase downloads here. Visit them on facebook here.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Studio Sunday-Words on Canvas

This is my entry for the 8 cubed Exhibition at the Newburyport Art Association. Here's how it works: for your $8. entry fee you get an 8" x 8" canvas. You paint, draw, collage, whatever on it and return it for the exhibition. I started out not liking the stark white canvas. My first thought was to paint or stain it and then do abstract brush work on it in black. My next thought was that I really prefer paper as a surface and that I would cover the canvas. Then I looked at the calendar and realized I had very little time before the entries were due. I decided I would keep it simple and use my Pentel brush pen on the canvas as it was. I did some tests on paper. My first idea was abstract brush work which I did in columns. It seemed kind of empty and so I wrote a quote in between the columns.

I didn't really like this so I wrote one quote four times—horizontally, vertically, and diagonally in both directions. It was something I had written when I came home from the week at Green Gulch Zen Center with Jenny Hunter Groat in 1988:

See the silence. Hear the space. Touch the grace.

I'm interested in the idea of repeating words that are important to me and the idea that words have power whether they can be read or not.

I liked this idea and started on the canvas. I stopped after writing the the quote in 3 directions—horizontally, vertically, and diagonally in one direction. I then wrote the words around the edges so that they could be read.

I worked with the canvas flat on the table for the front but propped it in between bricks to give my hand a place to rest as I wrote on the sides.

Here it is on the wall with its 8 cubed companions at the NAA. The exhibition continues until August 24.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Arts Tuesday-An Inkophile's Blog

What's An Inkophile? Inkophile means someone who loves or has a strong affinity or preference for ink. Traced back to its Greek roots, it would translate as “loving ink”. As a newly coined word, it fits the subject rather nicely.

An Inkophile's Blog by Margana Maurer focuses on fountain pens, ink, paper, and more. There are frequent posts, reviews of ink, notebooks, and stationery, and lots of links. It's a fun place to explore.

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