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Friday, July 22, 2016

wishes Stick Book



Yesterday I posted the how-to video for making a stick book. Here's one I made using a toothpick with the sharp ends trimmed off, ribbon, and Lipton tea envelopes. You can see a Show and Tell video here.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Stick Book Videos


Two new videos on The Joy of Making Books today. Above is STICK BOOK: the basic construction. Also posted today: Wishes Stick Book Show and Tell. Thanks to all who responded to my query about how the video comes through if you subscribe by email to the blog. Some people see the video; some don't. I will continue to embed the videos in the blog post and also post links below. Thanks for watching!

Watch STICK BOOK: the basic construction

Watch Wishes Stick Book Show and Tell

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Studio Sunday-A Gift


After she received the post about the Spirit Books at The Fictional Café (she is a member), Judy Wood from Arizona contacted me via facebook messenger.  She told me of her feeling of connection with the Spirit Books and her love of trees. She offered to send me one of her "spirit trees" and I reciprocated with a catalog. She sent me one titled :peace: which is inspired by the photographs of Donna Marinela Ilie. You can see more of Judy's spirit trees here. The complaints I have about how much time I spend on the computer seem insignificant when I think of rewards such as this. Thank you Judy.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

New Video-Show & Tell


Some of the videos I'm sharing at The Joy of Making Books are short little show and tells that are intended to provide inspiration for your bookmaking. This one uses a paper towel to make a hot dog book with a quote from Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. I was introduced to the book by Jaki Svaren at the Calligraphy Conference in Philadelphia in 1982 and it has been important to me ever since.

Here's a link to the video.

Also: if you are an email subscriber, I'd appreciate it if you could let me know if the embedded video comes through for you. I have added the link in case it doesn't.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Spirit Books at The Fictional Café


Things happen in unexpected ways. Last December I was at the Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, MA at the local Invitation Night with my Spirit Books catalog and some of the original works. I met the mother of Mike Mavilia of The Fictional Café. She purchased a catalog and gave it to him. He in turn invited me to be a featured artist on the site. I always love to reach new audiences with my work, but just as important is the opportunity to spend time anew with my work and look at it with a view from the outside as I respond to questions asked. I hope you'll take a look at the post and explore the many offerings at The Fictional Café. Thank you Mike!


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Studio Sunday-Organizing Photos


As I move toward the end of my 65th year and get ready to celebrate my 65th birthday (I'll be sharing more about my Open Studio Celebration on September 17 soon), I'm trying to get my studio in order physically as well as mentally. One of the things that needed improvement was my organization of my photos on my computer. For years I used Aperture which I loved but which was discontinued by Apple. After some deliberation I decided to go with Adobe Lightroom. I am so frustrated by Adobe's pushing to sell the subscription model to all their programs, but was happy to find that I could purchase the program outright.  I have begun the transfer of all my old photos. Of course, for reasons I won't bother to explain, it is not as easy as it could be but what is? I realized that I had pretty much stopped taking pictures with my camera, partly because my iphone is so convenient and the quality is so good, but partly because I didn't have a good way to organize them. The best part of the process is the gems I am coming across like the photo of a journal page from 1983-84. I have certainly changed my tune about computers.

Studio Sunday-Organizing Photos



As I move toward the end of my 65th year and get ready to celebrate my 65th birthday (I'll be sharing more about my Open Studio Celebration on September 17 soon), I'm trying to get my studio in order physically as well as mentally. One of the things that needed improvement was my organization of my photos on my computer. For years I used Aperture which I loved but which was discontinued by Apple. After some deliberation I decided to go with Adobe Lightroom. I am so frustrated by Adobe's pushing to sell the subscription model to all their programs, but was happy to find that I could purchase the program outright.  I have begun the transfer of all my old photos. Of course, for reasons I won't bother to explain, it is not as easy as it could be but what is? I realized that I had pretty much stopped taking pictures with my camera, partly because my iphone is so convenient and the quality is so good, but partly because I didn't have a good way to organize them. The best part of the process is the gems I am coming across like the photo of a journal page from 1983-84. I have certainly changed my tune about computers.
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