Sunday, October 17, 2010

invite

leaves are more than half shed from our landscape. the country is beginning to show her bones once again. fewer leaves in my yard than when my kids were young and we made huge piles of (mostly) maple leaves, like so much shredded gloss. three grandparent trees have shattered and fallen, and another is partially dead, leaving only one of the original "in the yard" elders. the other elders are here and there on the land, but not many are left.
i love this rock's surface, the color, the fissures
i am thinking of rock, of rock books, of shifu, of milkweed, of sunshine and frost and heavy rain. it is the season of books and woodstoves and hot tea and chocolate. it is the time of remembering and anticipating, the final harvests. canada celebrated thanksgiving while we celebrated conquering our first nations. odd.
two of the three finished, unsewn. i have to borrow a large mould for the big one, and finish the other small one. binding and content coming along. barry smith put a bug back in my ear that i had chased out. placing them in the landscape...somehow. i have been thinking about it. 
so come, please. it will be a small show, but i hope it will be a glimpse into my thinking. so from vessels to hold air to vessels to hold thoughts to vessels to hold humus, i am traveling through these ideas in woven paper and words. since this was published, the show has been scheduled to stay up into the beginning of december.

22 comments:

kaite said...

i would, i would, if i were anywhere on that continent. will it be online after or during? k.

Lisa said...

would love to see photos from the show..these are incredible works of art.. I am in awe truly!

Velma said...

i'll take pics, probably.

Velma said...

and thanks, lisa.

Suzanna said...

I would so much like to come, but am far away. Good luck with it though...I am so intrigued by the rock book.

neki desu said...

my free spirit will be there.count on it!

Velma said...

the show will be very modest-but i am glad of visitors and free spirits!

Virginia said...

We definitely need to start putting up an internet gallery presence at the SLC Arts Council. I'll put a bug in Hilary's ear about that - it sounds like the perfect job for a museum curation intern to work on. I'll bet we could find one of those.

Velma said...

good idea, ginny.

Jeana Marie said...

Wish I could come, Velma! Wishing you the best.
xo,
J

Lee Thomson said...

I love the idea of rock paper, can you talk more about making it? And after it is made, can I snip out, from just one piece, a pair of scissors? to be, you know, rock paper scissors.....

Velma said...

lee,
ha!!! love it.

the paper is made with a shaped deckle, so the outer contour of the sheets approximates the shape of the split rock book covers. some sheets are hinged, made as page spreads, others (large) are one individual page, and will be more like a leaf book when done.

mjc said...

Congrats on the show! Wish I could see it...that is a non-subtle hint for photos.

(I posted something very like this two days ago, but it disappeared...)

Velma said...

i have no idea why that happens melissa. it's frequent, though, and annoying. i chose blogger because it was easiest--should have chosen wordpress, i think.

Cait Throop said...

Velma, I'm putting your show on my calendar! Can't wait!! xo

Joanne B Kaar said...

Good Luck!

Velma said...

thanks joanne and cait.

ArtPropelled said...

Fantastic!!! I'm totally in love with these books, Velma.

Velma said...

and robyn, thanks for looking-

Maggie Neale said...

Love these rock books! I was brought here by Robyn and grateful.

nancy neva gagliano said...

hi, rock lover! i'm enthralled by these and your ideas, holding thoughts....a friend sent this post to me=a long time wrapper of rocks!

Velma said...

thank you nancy, for stopping by, for loving the secrets rocks share