Thursday, December 13, 2012

if it's not one thing...

yep, it's certainly another.
paper play
shifu with thistle and lokta
 ocean play
from bar harbor
 blue play
grasse river
 hideyhole play
likely life and death
 tooth play 
broken today, dentist tomorrow
 first book with fall dyed papers
paper play
sewing play
flax, lokta, cotton paper, dyed, waxed linen
 word and image play
an old book 
requested by a dear friend
from when i was just learning artists' books
sometimes the day to day
getting sick and then better,
making stuff, breaking teeth
driving the car, walking the dog
these are the things
that stitch, rig, knot, lace up my days
into vessel
form texture color idea image


Valerianna said...

Ouch... broken tooth, no fun. Life's vessel, yup, so full of different things.

Ms. said...

The craft involved in your making is so fine--even the old one--so, so fine. How I love looking at it. Oh, don't the days fly by...may tomorrow be swift and painless in the tooth department, may the healing finally take hold and banish the in and out of not quite free of it, and may your patience, which is monumental, hold you through the time till spring + may there be a few surprising and pleasueable events, people, things!

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie and ms. both--thankyou for encouragement.

ronnie said...

I'm loving the pics of the books - not loving thinking about the broken tooth (ouch-eeee) hope you are feeling 100% (and retoothed) soon

neki desu said...

but you're a specialist turning lemons into gorgeous souffles. if not look at that book

Gardener in the Distance said...

"A useful sort of creature", Velma, isn't an entirely adequate definition of you who makes substance out of nothing much, sees beyond expected boundaries, and delivers to the world subtle delights.

Velma Bolyard said...

ronnie, the tooth will be fine, my dentist is a good guy, i just hate them breaking!
neki, i'll rest on your confidence in me!
faisal, ah, but this book is all about juxtaposition, and the text (from a 19th c children's book about animals) and the images (from a 19th c scottish book on midwifery) are pretty challenging.

Alice said...

Oh, that book with the dyed papers. Beautiful pages, beautiful sewing.

Sophie Munns said...

well... bravo and well said Gardener in the Distance!

Glad you are well again and back to finding the luminescence in the day by day by day!

Loved reading about your residency and funding grand and deserved and exciting all in one!

And the journal/books are a delight to see!

Velma Bolyard said...

alice glad you can see the book-my photos don't get close to how nice it is in the hands.
thanks sophie, many of them!

onesmallstitch said...

the stitching on the spine is the perfect finishing touch. good luck at the dentist, best to get it over quick. you always find the light in the daily little things and make them special.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, thanks, but i still haven't got my packages ready to mail. YOU know!

blandina said...

Oh, the book with fall dyed papers, how incredibly beautiful and inspiring. My heart melts when I see something so special.

Velma Bolyard said...

blandina, your words are important, thank you. the book is a sweet little one, my first with ecodyed papers.

Fiona Dempster said...

Life. Sometimes it just throws it all at you one after the other. Hope you are feeling better and the tooth is re-aligned. Loving the look of the shifu and lokta at the top...

Velma Bolyard said...

fiona, i'ts all little stuff and easily fixed. i like the little weaving and am thinking about new things!

ArtPropelled said...

Your book is a treasure, Velma. Hope you get that tooth sorted soon. Why at Christmas time? Argh!

Velma Bolyard said...

robyn, thank you, that's a lovely thing to write!. the tooth will get fixed today (monday).

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