Thursday, May 29, 2014

LUNA: the season of big moths

last summer 
i taught a class in eco or contact printing on special papers
at the morgan conservatory.
something really neat happened;
two sisters traveled 
all the way to cleveland
from maine
to take my class.
they were lovely,
really focused, 
though if i remember correctly one 
was pretty under the weather with a sinus infection.
these two returned to maine
where penny got to work printing.
this is the result:
Luna Moon by Penelope Hall 
exquisite details 
 ~a carousel book~
deep woods 
penny says: 
"the book, including text is copyrighted 2013.  The paper was dyed here at home. I started as soon as I got home from Cleveland. Interesting, since I think you told us about the different palettes of color you get in different geographic locations. This was late summer for a lot of it and I used leaves that I think had a lot of tannins in them."
i saw penny in portland in april:
she brought LUNA MOON for me to see and hold
and it's even finer than the photos say.
it's really perfect.
the moth figures 
are floating through the great northern forest:
my book, actias luna,
made several years ago, 
holds a conversation with penny's book.
it's a poem 
about a moment
when i found two dying lunas
spent after mating
one june morning, in the weedy border next to my house.
i added a beaded luna 
purchased from a penobscot woman
in bar harbor, maine
which really works with my daylily paper 
and the poem.
sometimes books, like people,
have conversations over wondrous things,
like, perhaps,
a full moon-lit night 
in june
and the drive to live, LIVE!
 for what reason?
like the moon.
thank you penny, for permission
to share this.
and thank you for letting me hold,
and enjoy


Sue Marrazzo said...

Thanks for sharing!!! Awesome.

Ms. said...

Such craft and so classy...just beautiful beautiful.

neki desu said...

such beauty.

Fiona Dempster said...

How lovely to close the circle like that, and in doing so have another conversation. I love connections...

Velma Bolyard said...

sue, yes, it's a great connection
michelle, yes!
neki and fiona, yes. this is one of those amazing connections, this is how beauty continues on through our fingers and into the world.

Bonnie Klatt said...

Lovely! Simply lovely!

Velma Bolyard said...

thanks, bonnie!

Mo Crow said...

Such a beautiful book tribute to the Luna moth. I only just recently discovered they have no mouths, they don't need to eat in their short but beautiful lives!

Velma Bolyard said...

mc, nature's first green is gold...but only so an hour...

Barry said...

V - I love the connections of the art community. That is one reason I continue to put the effort into blogging - it is like a conversation with kindred artists. Go well. B

Velma Bolyard said...

barry, that is exactly IT!

mamãju said...

WOW! That´s an impressive wonderful book!

Velma Bolyard said...

mamaju, two, actually, mine and the wonderful carousel that penny made

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