Monday, August 9, 2010

good work

there are times when i become intrigued with someone's work, and end up reading all of, say, terry tempest williams, or looking at all of hedi kyle's inventive structures and finding one of her workshops, peruse for hours the lovely papers at cave papers, perhaps seeing the group of seven oil sketches in the national gallery. i get hooked on a voice. a vision. another way of seeing and understanding that somehow infuses mine, which i suppose is research. or, as i say (wendy!) someone who "gets it". they resonate. often that person is female, sometimes not. this internet has been a boon to hermits like me. because the bits isolated old me gets to see are now so much bigger. and i can view video right on this macbook.
yesterday i watched a book artist talk with such love about his work. awe might be a better word, but in any case timothy c. ely caught my imagination yet again. about 15 years ago i was in our wonderful local university bookstore and i found this book. which i had to buy. it was made like a fine art book crossed with a magnificent children's picture book.
it is called the flight into egypt, binding the book. it is simultaneously a book about a mysterious journey into egypt and building a book, and includes amazing drawings and marks. it is so very much more than just what i've written. it was obviously a facsimile of a book, and even though the book is lovely, it is, i know not nearly what the original was.
i recently visited the website of the planetary collage and found this book, a catalog of work from a show a few years back. i purchased it and got a fine email from tim with the purchase arrangements. he inscribed it for me, including more beautiful marks in his own writing system, with enough english to help me along.
this is, i think, one of the blessings of the internet, this connecting. in the video, tim mentions a huge difference in book art and, say, painting. the book is held in the hands, explored with the eyes, it's best if it's smelled. how right he is, how intimate and visceral this experience is! 
it is my hope that my work in textiles, papers, fibers, is becoming stories, books, that, if possible, heal.

8 comments:

iNdi@ said...

so many treasures...

neki desu said...

or just plain give pleasure.

Velma said...

i'm thinking pleasure is healing in that it's wholesome.

Bonnie K said...

the energies and love that we put into our creations - be they textiles, books, etc - are there for all the world to receive...so yes Velma, your work heals the world.

Bonnie K said...

I clicked the link "book artist talk" that you have embedded in your text above, but all it does is take me to www.blogger.com. Where is the video? I would love to watch it.

By the way, I am taking a bookbinding workshop this Saturday at the Western NY Book Arts Center in Buffalo. I am so excited! And I plan to attend Peter and Donna's lecture & workshop on September 1st at same place when they "land" in Buffalo. Doubly excited!!

Liked your most recent article on HandEye about day lilies. May give it a try.

Velma said...

bonnie, hmmm.... yesterday the link worked but it was thunder stormy, and today i can't find the video. i will keep trying, but for now i will unlink the button. i will keep trying. it's worth it!

mjc said...

Tim is fantastic. So are you!

Velma said...

the link, as far as i can tell, is working again.