Saturday, November 26, 2011

spring walk

because someone asked
i will show
 this 
 spring walk
the first
 of the shifu
 and vellum books
 using stationers' binding
tackets & vellum
 lokta shifu
 ink & linen
 spun, woven, dyed
 knotted & recorded
 a watershed book for me
the beginning of an adventure
in paper, words, vellum, textiles
& a tiny vellum button 

29 comments:

  1. thank you for that. your books always inspire.

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  2. i remember! that WAS such a big deal. i loved seeing it in person. and still remember the first time we met, the first shifu square i saw, and how we ruined mark's type! [if i had owned the type, i would have thought it was worth it to do the test. in another life, i'd gladly sacrifice my letters again.]

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  3. aimee, it SO was. not sure if he's forgiven me yet--
    jude, size is relative, isn't it?

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  4. so you use the vellum in place of "line tape" were it a "traditional" binding. (boards, paper kind of thing...and the signature is essential one folded "cloth?" very tactile. sight, sound, touch

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  5. I'm speechless, it's exquisite, all that paper thread, so beautiful in the simple weaving. Each tiny detail, perfect.

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  6. henrietta, no signatures, the pages are indvidual, but stitched onto the vellum tapes which are then laced into the vellum cover. the text block is tacketed into the cover. this is a very old structure.

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  7. jean, thank you. it sits gently in the hand, like a spring found thing, and is a little bit of a treasure hunt opening and reading.

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  8. poetry, art, ode to nature - all in one!

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  9. ahhhhk! wonderful! the cover was so tempting I was aching to see through the pages - every little page is a delight

    thanks V for sharing the journey

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  10. ohmygoodness! thanks for sharing, i like the visual tension between the book and the visuals it provokes.

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  11. thanks, dee
    ronnie, thanks.
    lf, there is tension in reading it, it's small, and you have to really hold on to it to read it.

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  12. I love the different textures of the materials ...

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  13. cri-cri, thanks. they work well together.

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  14. beautiful. earthy. sophisticated. All of those.

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  15. Belated birthday wishes across the mile Velma - and thanks for sharing those lovely stitching moments and wanderings, and this book. What a special little gem - those pages are so beautiful and what a magnificent resolution of a binding. Pure delight - may you enjoy many more! (Books and Birthdays)

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  16. V- magic book - so much work and creativity makes it such a treasure. Go well. B

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  17. judy, thank you.
    fiona, it's not until monday, but it might actually BE monday where you are! and thank you
    barry, thank, barry, i was so happy when i finished this, first one of a series of 5 so far.

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  18. i love the view from the side, the selvedges of the pages.

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  19. neki, i like that!
    jude, me, too.

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  20. Happy Birthday Velma!
    And just loved seeing this little gem of a book...
    may your year be filled with much that is wonderful!
    S

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  21. thank you sophie. don't know why i work small so often, but i do. i can see a pod book, perhaps?

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  22. perhaps something small is intimate, something that belongs to you, and you to it, even more so because your hands made it. I love the simple weaving and the naming of each thing you observed. it is so poetic!

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  23. kit, my nephews, biologists both, tease each other about being "listers". this is a list, of sorts, a thread.

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  24. Lovely, lovely book. And it has scrunch. And don't you love that word "tacket"?

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  25. alice, yes, tacket! and placket, though it's not quite as good...uness your plackets have tackets or vice verse. scrunch is a good word, but scrunchie not so much.

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