Sunday, December 30, 2012

paper and wax and friends

 so i took that bit of spun paper
 and labeled it so i remember 
i'm good at remembering things with my hands, my heart,
but not so much things like numbers, birthdays, holy days. 
i've forgotten my birthday many times.
 so it doesn't bother me
when ever things arrive
 ronnie sent a little zine.
she has kept a year of book art sundays
an amazing year
 hannah tried to go back to maine today
the snow gods hinted it wasn't so smart
 she headed out and i got busy:
in the spirit of cleaning up/out for new year
i collect the beeswax leavings from
the only candles i like
six little ones
 one very wide one
and shifu, waxed.
trace makes wax work look so easy
so does laura.
(and others, these artists are on my walls)
me, not so much.
and then hannah came back, she'll try tomorrow.
joanne kaar, a papermaker, a friend
just completed a cabinet of curiosities of sorts,
an homage to baker and botanist robert dick.
and she is internet friends with another reader here, faisal.
who sent her a book.


  1. i'm glad hannah was wise and came back. the winds here are mighty. have always absolutely loved your beeswax recycling and still have the bit you gave me from the ice cube tray! mmm, such good stuff.

  2. you are so clever - love the recycled wax and the wooden spool. keeping busy (and I hope warm) in the deep snow. hope Hannah stays safe, not much will be moving in your part of the country.

  3. aimee, she's mighty vexed! when you need more, let me know!
    jean, seems like a good way to keep the spun paper samples, a certain purple one may soon join forces. i hope the warping is going well!

  4. For some reason I've always loved spools and thread, Velma. My godmother, still alive, had been a dressmaker who could cut a dress around a body without a pattern. My grandmother had a microscopic eye. Anyway.
    This is just to say thankyou. You, Velma, and Joanne, are the artists. I am only a commentator, a recorder.
    Anything any of us can do to help art and culture, it's worth it.

  5. faisal, blushing, but so appreciating what you have written, thank you.

  6. what a lovely way to spend the terminus of the year - remembering friends and holding precious in hand...cheers.

  7. henrietta, you're absolutely right.

  8. great fun! waxed paper has so many possibilities; remain 2-d or become something 3 dimensional? have a lovely new year, and hopefully you won't be buried in snow for too long!

  9. anastasia, the snow is fine, poor man's fertilizer and we've had so little for the last several years. i just am touching that little bit of wax and shifu for now. still not sure i like it.


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