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:

deanna7trees said...

thank you for that. your books always inspire.

Valerianna said...

A lovely walk....

Velma said...

thanks, deanna and valerianna

aimee said...

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.]

jude said...

wow, so small and so big.

Velma said...

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

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

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

onesmallstitch said...

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

Velma said...

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.

Velma said...

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.

deemallon said...

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

ronnie said...

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

leFiligree said...

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

Velma said...

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.

cri-cri said...

I love the different textures of the materials ...

Velma said...

cri-cri, thanks. they work well together.

Judy Martin said...

beautiful. earthy. sophisticated. All of those.

Fiona Dempster said...

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)

Barry said...

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

Velma said...

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.

neki desu said...

powerful&tender all at once.

jude said...

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

Velma said...

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

Sophie Munns said...

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

Velma said...

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

Kit said...

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!

Velma said...

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

Alice said...

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

Velma said...

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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