Tuesday, July 1, 2014

3 little things

thank you all 
for your kind words
it was a year and more in the making
and has had 
the skilled hands of carol and mark (and me!) in the making
one copy is spoken for already.
spine detail
double gatefold, left opened, right closed.

(for wendy)


three books +
the more i use these hands and this heart
to make sense of my walk on this earth,
the more i learn
 these three books were made 
with dorothy, in human marks,
at longridge.
i've learned to honor something new
something bigger than me
to trust the way a teacher pushes me
~a leaf~
 knowing that work will sort itself out
into what i need to know
 so this little book
my own human marks
so like and unlike others'
 became this little experiment
which will now go to the loom's cotton warp.
i will weave a bit.
 this big book
the one in which i let myself work huge
and then threw water all over it
 frames that week for me
they are quite unlike my work,
in a sense
and very much my work
in another 
in the gutter
one finds little miracles 
some of the page spreads 
surprise me 
 i can see the starlings
though they were far from my thoughts
the cloth in these books
came from a thrift store: two blouses
i'll call this the caldwell binding.
simple and functional and appropriate for this 
sort of book.
i feel pulled into more work this summer
a few ideas in the stewpot,
a class (or three or four) to teach,
and a few friends
to visit
(look out!)
this morning it's very warm,
laundry's on the line.
something's in the works
puffs of hot wind gives it away. 
sometimes a thunderstorm claims this sort of day.
my laundry will dry


Joan@CopperCreeker said...


Ms. said...

I've been of the web but seeing this utterly awesome (sorry, really is the best word) work is a wonderful return. Nothing but deep admiration for the years of skill building and creative unfolding Velma.

Velma Bolyard said...

thanks, joan,
michelle, being off is good, in every way! (except when one falls) many years, ha!

Anonymous said...

November song is magnificent but I love these three- they are so-o you! all about learning and moving on, celebrating the moment. XX one for you and one for Wendy.

Mo Crow said...

such beautiful work Velma!

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, thank you, working through and i'll pass on th ekises!
mc, many thanks

Debbie said...

I posted on November songs but it hasn't come up. I love the book and the presentation and these are all beautiful as well.

Velma Bolyard said...

debbie, sorry, blogger is fickle, and we are in thunderstorm alley (with no relief in sight just yet)

Judy Martin said...

a beautiful post, Velma. I do love seeing your work with stitch, books, re-purposing fabric...honed craftwomanship.

Velma Bolyard said...

judy, blushing from your lovely words. thank you.

Jennifer said...

Can you hear my sighs of admiration and envy? Simply exquisite work all round, but I must admit to being partial to that you did in Dorothy's class. (big, huge sigh....) Enjoy!

Velma Bolyard said...

jennifer, of course...november song is a bigger book than the black and white exemplar...but hides away in its exquisite box.

Penny said...

Having done a class with Dorothy it is so lovely to see your take on your books from her class. I treasure mine. The shoulder is on going but I am managing, thank you for the thought. I so enjoyed your class.

Leena said...

Congratulations on your books, they look beautiful and unique.

india flint said...

i like the way leafprints wander the whirled and tell stories about where they're from

Fiona Dempster said...

Beautiful resolutions and memories V nudging new doors to open.

Velma Bolyard said...

penny, thank you. you were great to have IN class.
leena, thank you, i am very pleased with them.
india, it's all about the where and the story.
fiona, nudges are good things

neki desu said...

jesus! i am overcomed by beauty.

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, wow!

Alice said...

Beautiful, beautiful books.

Velma Bolyard said...

thanks, alice!

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