Sunday, June 16, 2013


all winter i have been ecoprinting.
on flax, 
 arches text wove, 
and on lokta

on shifu, textiles, and threads.
i've bound up a few books
and have the covers ready for an edition of 
dry garden.
i hope that while i travel out to colorado
for the terraphilia residency
to bring along my hortus siccus,
to explore what is a very dry garden, indeed.
i leave a week from today.
last night i visited the county jail
and a young man i know
and have new thoughts about how
we treat
those on the edges.
i wonder about edges, how rich they are
until you slip over
and get lost.
after terraphilia,
i will drive north to estes park
to visit my heart school
eagle rock school and professional development center
and teach a little workshop.
ian and hannah graduated from ers.
it's a place
for teenagers to get found,
not lost.
the last of the eucalyptus


Valerianna said...

yes... edges... falling off and getting lost is just too common these days, I think for many, not just teens. Though it may look different when older.

Velma Bolyard said...

valerie, this one bounces, but oh!

lotta said...

That dry garden looks amazing. I hope your travels are rich, fruitful, calming and inspiring. Thinking of your young friend, and how easy it is to slip off track in our society so filled with pressures and demands. Thank you for the reminder.

Christine said...

Your dry garden looks graceful. I wish you well on your travels and your good deeds. Indeed, those on the edges of society get frayed and lost, unless there is hope.

Valerianna said...

Oh... AND, the ecoprinting looks amazing!! So much work over the winter.

Velma Bolyard said...

lotta, thank you. i am quite excited about this project, watching and making as it grows. it was my first time visiting a kid in jail. tough.
christine, it is morphing and growing, maybe it should be hortus siccus librarium!
valerie, grin!

ronnie said...

oh my - such lovely papers and prints.... can't wait to see the end results

ps - here in oz there is an iconic toon (from the early 1970s) called 'eagle rock'.... the chorus repeats the lines -
'Hey Hey Hey good old Eagle Rock's here to stay,
I'm just crazy 'bout the way we move,
Doin' the Eagle Rock.'
(whereby the lead singer does a rather strange dance....) ...... just letting you know that song is now rattling around my head after reading your post!... enjoy!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

I am *swooning* over the generous piles of yummy papers and materials.

There are so many better ideas than jail for those who wander off the line society draws. Everything takes energy and resources. Perhaps your visit will make a significant difference for this young man. I hope so.

Velma Bolyard said...

ronnie, i wonder if the rock that eagle rock is named for would find this amusing, i'm guessing it would!
leslie, the pile diminishes and then renews itself! i'll never know if my caring gets "seen"; doesn't matter, it's the right thing to do.

ArtPropelled said...

Eyeing out these stacks and remembering the beautiful raggedy edged stacks of handmade paper that enticed me to your blog years ago.

neki desu said...

lost and found times,hoping the losts are not forever.
those papers!!!!!

Velma Bolyard said...

robyn, edges, indeed! oh my god, years!
neki, me, too. indeed!

Anonymous said...

edges hold a fascination, it is easy to slip over and so much more difficult to go back. sometimes we all have too many choices, I hope your young friend makes his way to a safe place. I know what those wonderful papers feel like and the camera can't do justice to the tiny nuances of colour. safe travels.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, for sure, you know about all these things...

india flint said...

i love the name 'hortus siccus'
used it in 2002 for a piece that was part of my 'Immigrant's Garden' exhibition

several hundred folded tracing paper bags containing samples of weeds imported to South Australia by immigrants, suspended against a huge [30ft tall] window.

would have looked a good deal prettier ecoprinted!

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