Saturday, November 28, 2009

day four of five

these photos taken by hannah, are of a twisted paper thread and a scroll of my paper. the thread is thai paper, cut and spun fairly thick, and the scroll is thistle down (canada thistle) paper. in order to make a scroll i couched the 81/2x11 inch sheets together to form a length of about 5 feet. blank paper and a thread, a line, are what i've been given to write my story, which today is more than half finished. it's my birthday, and the sun came out to celebrate with me.
from the writer's almanac (and my refrigerator):
"To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

it's william blake's birthday, too. he's 199 years older than me.


aimee said...

omg! you get to share a bday w/blake! fabulous.

yvette said...

I wish you manymanymany more years in good health!
(here by Jude)

jude said...

do you spin paper by hand twising or using a spindle or wheel?
happy birthday again.

jude said...

of course i meant twisting.

Velma said...

i spun this thai paper with either a louet s10 or a cast iron swedish bobbin winder (for boat shuttles). the bobbin winder works well because its speed and twist can be easily controlled. but only small amounts can be spun. the s10 works well starting with a half-full bobbin and low tension and slow treadling. in japan the wheel i've seen used looks like a charka.

papergail said...

Happy birthday Velma and happy thanksgiving too!

neki desu said...

wonderful shifu.
happy b'day again and thanks for blake.

Velma said...

--the original artists' book artist

ArtPropelled said...

You made the thread with twisted paper? Intriguing! So much to learn and not enough time! I love the thistle paper too.

Velma said...

shifu fascinates me, and i am weaving more and more of it. hannah, my daughter took the pics.

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