Monday, September 17, 2012

two books

 work for the exhibition:
Natural Colours Exhibition 2012 Miyagi-Tohoku
two books about
 north country
bloodroot and violet
shifu, slot and tab, natural dyes
a page spread
spine 
the poem does not want to live inside this book
so it's printed separately.
a small, cube of a book
~and~
Indigo Patterns
shifu with slippery elm bark
stationers binding, sewn on tapes, tacketed
vintage pattern paper, indigo dyed
a nice reading in bed sized book
posted first to oz, then to japan. 

25 comments:

aimee said...

perfection! so wonderful to know they are out in the world after all the amazement of their creation in the north country!

ronnie said...

ooo I especially love the indigo book..... its a real delight

Alice said...

Oh, the shifu book! So rich.

Velma said...

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Oh, the shifu book! So rich.
alice-i cut and pasted yours in here!

Velma said...

aimee, you've been a midwife to this one!
ronnie, thanks, it's light as a feather

neki desu said...

i have seen the two unfolding and they've unfolded gloriously.
really liked the vid! simple and unpretentious.

Pilgrim at Kerjacob said...

The colours are just so beautiful.

Diane.

Velma said...

neki, or silly and amateurish! but thanks, really.
pilgrim, thankyou. i tootled over to your blog and saw some lovely photos!

Debbie said...

Wow beautiful

onesmallstitch said...

beautiful, they so want to be held. I can almost imagine turning the pages.

Long Ridge Farm said...
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Long Ridge Farm said...

you are a wonder! a most exciting trip these wee books are taking.

Velma said...

diane, YOU are the pilgrim!
yes, debbie, they do!
jean, they are so textilish, you would like that!
nancy, thank you. i am pretty happy with these books.

Ms. said...

Once again astounded by the bravery of your creative process, and these resultant books. In response to your comment above about maybe having chosen "amateur" colors--I'd like to remind you of the origins of the word:
ORIGIN late 18th cent.: from French, from Italian amatore, from Latin amator ‘lover,’ from amare ‘to love.’--and "silly" might as well be a descriptive of the freedom of a child at play, rather than a criticism :-)

Velma said...

ms. ooh, i meant amateurish video. i feel confident about the books, textiles and books i'm much more at home with!

Morna C-M said...

Soul satisfying, Velma. xo

Fiona Dempster said...

Both such beautiful expressions of the north country I feel - they are sculptural and tactile and beg to be held - congratulations!

Fiona Dempster said...

Both such beautiful expressions of the north country I feel - they are sculptural and tactile and beg to be held - congratulations!

mansuetude said...

"the poem does not want to live inside this book" is one of the most beautiful lines of poetry I've read in a while.

this is magical, ethereal and earthy too.

mansuetude said...

the poem does not want to live inside this book

this is beautiful poetry in itself.
Now the book, a magic ethereal and earthy. amazing to me

susan bowers said...

Really beautiful Velma. They beg to be held and examined more closely.

jude said...

the texture, oh.

Susan said...

I'm happy I saw these. Japan will love them

Velma Bolyard said...

thank you everyone for your thoughts. google has been eating/delaying comments and i'm trying to sort it out.

Velma Bolyard said...

not google, blogger.

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