Friday, October 16, 2020

Bookmaking Poem Project

I recently posted another project from my Keepsake Books series of videos on youtube. You'll learn how to make a simple book for a favorite poem or song. All you need are two sheets of paper, ribbon, yarn, or string, a hole punch, a pair of scissors, and a paper clip. I chose the poem "Praying" by Mary Oliver from her book Thirst.

Click here to view on Youtube

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

 

May the quiet strength
of autumn's waning light
comfort and guide us.

Lettering was done with Dr. Ph. Martin's Spectralite Liquid Acrylic 18 Carat Gold
and Hiro/Leonardt No. 40 Blue Pumpkin Nib on Maple Leaf.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Inspiring Words From Ashley Bryan

 

Ashley Bryan
Born 1923
said at age 87 in an interview with Lisa Mossel Vietze
of the Island Institute in Rockland, Maine

I'm taking inspiration from Ashley Bryan on my 69th birthday. Looking forward to keeping at it and bringing it forth.



Tuesday, August 18, 2020

In Celebration of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

 

ELIZABETH CADY STANTON

born 1815 in Johnstown, New York
died 1902 in New York, New York

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the key figures in women’s suffrage throughout her life. This quotation was part of her Keynote Address before the Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York on July 19, 1848.

“The right is ours. Have it we must. Use it, we will. The pens, the tongues, the fortunes, the indomitable wills of many women are already pledged to secure this right. The great truth that no just government can be formed without the consent of the governed we shall echo and re-echo in the ears of the unjust judge, until by continual coming we shall weary him.”

This is one of the fourteen hand-lettered quotes in my new book, Suffragists Speak: Hand-Lettered Quotes To Celebrate The 100th Anniversary Of Women’s Right To Vote. Copies are available for purchase at my online bookstore: https://www.susangaylord.com/bookstore.html.

Download Elizabeth Cady Stanton's quote to print and share here: https://www.susangaylord.com/free-downloads.html.

And join me for a live video on Facebook on Wednesday, August 26 at 1 PM: https://www.facebook.com/skgaylord

Monday, August 03, 2020

Talking About The Spirit Books


I am honored to have been chosen for the Jaffe Center for Book Arts' featured Artist of the Week short video. I talk about the process of making the Spirit Books in general and this one, Spirit Book # 90: Rising Certainty in particular. It's not long: five minutes, eighteen seconds to be exact. If you are interested, do take a look. The sooner the better. It's only there for viewing for the rest of the week.
Here's the link:

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Lammas Greetings 2020



Lammas is the first day of autumn in the Celtic calendar. It is the midpoint between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox and celebrates the first harvest. Written with Speedball C-4 and C-5 nibs and Holbein's Artist Pearl Gold Gouache on Lokta paper from Nepal.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

For John Lewis


This is the final sentence in an opinion piece by the late Congressman John Lewis which was published today in the New York Times. He wrote it shortly before his death to be published on the day of his funeral.

And my John Lewis story: When I saw Black Panther, I was so taken by King T'Challa's speech that I wrote it out the next day. When I heard that John Lewis loved the movie, I sent it to him. And he sent me back this lovely note! I was so moved by his funeral service today. Such strength. Such love.





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