Here are the gardens in my illustrated talk, Gardens of Paris:
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
What better way to spend a cold March morning than looking at photographs of Paris gardens? I'm giving a talk for my local garden group a week from today and then a talk for the public on Tuesday, April 22 at the Newburyport Public Library. I narrowed my vast collection down to 271 photos. There has to be lots more pruning before the talk. I thought I'd share a few with you. These were taken at the Jardin de l'Hotel-de-Sens. The garden is young (1957) compared to its surrounding building (1475-1519).
Klaus von Mirbach shared this information about a project he did with primary school students in Germany on the Book Arts List, which as you may know is one of my favorite resources for keeping connected to the world of book arts. Here is what he shared with us:
Dear friends, I want to show a book that I've done in a primary school with children, the children are 7-9 years old, we have been working on 4 mondays, 2 hours, 9 children. It is a pop up book, the starting point for our work was a poem by the German author Ursula Woelfel: If I had a garden. The children were thinking, how would a garden look like if they alone could determine it. We had a lot fun and it would be a great pleasure and honour for me, if the book arts friends would take a look at this garden pop up book.
It is a delight. Thank you for sharing Klaus.
Friday, February 28, 2014
My Art Lessons Talk at the Newburyport Public Library in December was videotaped by Jesse Christensen. I will be giving the talk again at the Chelmsford Public Library in Chelmsford, MA on March 9 at 2 PM. If you are in the area, I would love to see you there. If you are not, here is the video from Newburyport.
As I viewed it, I thought I was perhaps talking too fast but it felt right in that time and space. My speaking does tend to be more fast than slow, not because I am nervous but because I have so much to say. I also felt that I gave my work over the last 8 years short shrift. It was easier to find connections and threads through the earlier work as I have more distance from it. For the upcoming talk, I have gone back over my more recent work and added significant projects like the lettering on the walls of Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace and the NH Humanities Council Bhutanese-Nepali book project. I'm also adding some current projects and thoughts for the future.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Laura Russell runs the wonderful 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon. She is doing a great series of posts on photographing artist's books as the deadline for entries for the upcoming exhibit Book Power Redux approaches (March 14). Her tips are informative and clear and offered with a sense of humor. She has advice for both parts of the process: taking the photograph and working with it in an image editing program.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I am so pleased images from the The Wondrous Nearer Drew (a series of images created from flowers with hand-lettered lines from Emily Dickinson) are the mid-week feature at Extracts: Daily Dose of Lit. Thank you Daily Dose!