Tuesday, May 20, 2014

stream to river to ocean

sometimes synchronicity or connection just occurs: 
i got an email
asking me for a sheet of printed paper,
warm colors and fairy wings
were what gabby was thinking about
(this IS my kind of order!)
and last night she sent me a little link.
you should go there.
gabby is finishing up the rigorous two year course at
north bennet street school, studying binding
and aiming to be a designer bookbinder.
 my first bookbinding teacher was a total surprise
someone i met in the tiny IGA in star lake
the late sally smith
 renown designer bookbinder
spent several hours with me
helping me make my first hardback book.
sally worked wonders in leather
and taught in london.
gabby is following a similar path.
meanwhile fiber has always lead me
to new and startling adventures
as did jean
who knows all about the difference one small stitch
can make
my three melbourne books,
oz books, 1, 2 & 3
i am so hoping htat
this class with dorothy caldwell
at lovely longridge farm
will deepen my making into work that is richer
than i have dared go before.
why else do it?
to gabby and to jean,
thank you. 
this week i have been playing
with a few pieces of kozo graciously given to me
by nancy jacobi at the japanese paper place.
interesting results, and GOOD learning.
mixed in with tim ely's teaching.
seeing what these papers and plants and waters and pigments
will teach me
is enough to keep my brain dancing
as i sort it out and push myself forward.
this is good work for spring.
then there is a little rest
and then off i go to the morgan
to teach two classes, one a new one
four days with aimee lee and me, laughing and playing and working and making fiber/paper/textiles.


ronnie said...

three little books... I so want to touch....

Fiona Dempster said...

Sounds like a wonderful week - or a week of wonder. Love the softness and the connecting in all of these...

Velma Bolyard said...

ronnie, i wish you could--
fiona, YES! and it's just half way, who knows what else may happen?

roz said...

co teach happiness :0)

Velma Bolyard said...

roz, we will try. i think you may be doing some of the same.

Anonymous said...

Velma - it is such a pleasure to use your paper, it makes my journal more meaningful and I can enjoy it every day. I am so envious of your workshop with Dorothy Caldwell, can't wait to hear all about it and see pictures, don't get so enthralled you forget to take lots.

neki desu said...

dorothy caldwell! so very lucky you

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, i am glad when my papers make someone else happy. it's grand when someone sees a stack of paper and their face lights up! and i will try to remember my camera (you know me so well)
neki, yep. and i know it!

Christine said...

Gabby's book looks sweet with your paper on top. I know that you'll adore Dorothy's class and I look forward to seeing you in Cleveland later this summer. We're going to have a super-duper class. xoC

Velma Bolyard said...

christine, it is, and it's such a rich object, a convo between mom and daughter...and i am SO looking forward to seeing you and co-teaching this class!

Jennifer said...

Oh! Have a wonderful time in Dorothy's class. I took the 2006 version of it at Peters Valley Craft Center in NJ and it changed the direction of my art. One of these days, I aim to take it again.

May I ask where to purchase the Kurotani 16 paper preferred for the class at the Morgan? (eeeks! happy dancing while I type that)


Valerianna said...

A fullness.

Velma Bolyard said...

jennifer, i am really excited. you don't have to have the kurotani, but the japanese paper place has it. i will have some lokta for you students.
valerie, indeed!

eb said...

so delightful
and very near
dreaming this
we will see...

very lovely books
do have a wonderful time!

Velma Bolyard said...

elizabeth, just what are you dreaming?!!!

eb said...

a Dorothy Caldwell workshop
and an indigo summer...

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