Thursday, July 2, 2015

inch by inch

so yesterday in the RAIN that has been so WITH us,
i was on my porch 
and a gray she-fox stopped in the backyard to check out my presence.
m. saw her this morning,
just down from my driveway.
 a healthy fat lady
never seen one closeby before
so she's new in the area.
probably has a litter.
she vanishes in the tall meadow
just like wendy used to.
playing with iphoto 
after spinning up some lokta
acquired in melbourne on my last visit.
maybe it's those wild colors from helen hiebert
that has me messing around...
i want to have a few new samples for the WSW class.
working on the edition still
sorting all the tiny
big details
and making shifu
wondering if i still know how
(perhaps i don't)
and remembering how important it is to keep touching that paper-
each time i touch the paper i learn more.
this was a khaki sheet,
not the normal "natural" lokta color
what was a really lovely sheet of paper
is now a murky shifu square.
interesting how spinning transforms the appearance
of a sheet of paper
but doesn't alter the essence of the paper.
here's dard, wearing some simply spun lokta
and when i opened him up
i found immediately a photo of the nepalese
moulds drying on the hillside.
and i was back,
at PBI
decorating a hillside
with nepalese moulds.
as soon as there's a bit of plumbing completed,
wake robin will be making paper.


aimee said...

so true, about always touching and learning from the paper. hurrah for vacation and returning to yourself!

Velma Bolyard said...

aimee, in spite of all the dyeing of the past year, i've only made paper a little at the morgan and once in katie's studio. i can't WAIT!!!

Sharmon Davidson said...

Lovely work!

Anonymous said...

can't wait to see the finished edition. I have a pile of paper waiting to make thread - just need more time. Like Aimee, I'm so happy you have the time to be your true self.

Velma Bolyard said...

sharmon, thank you, it's great to read that.
jean, a pile?! lucky you! and i am happy, too.

Trace Willans said...

Oh to be making paper again, that would be delightful. It has been some years now since I had the pleasure. I need to be in the same place as my equipment for more than a week to make that happen though. Maybe it is time to invest in that new and delicious Mold and Deckle I have been lusting after! Looking forward to seeing you when you are back downunder again.
x te

Velma Bolyard said...

i KNOW trace, PaPeR! i may be in the swan song before utter chaos here. but it's good! are you going ot be at the grampians?

Mo Crow said...

thank you for these beautiful photos of your work in process

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, well, you're totally welcome, thanks for coming by.

neki desu said...

dard hunter..!!
love the way sheets get cut to become yarn. or is it thread?

Anonymous said...

just glimpsing these few of pages of your edition is exciting- want to dive into the first photo with its autumn moonish feel.

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, yep, dard, the MAN! did you know there is a dard the third and he is in charge of the muuseum?
hs, yes, the season is a little bit off, but it will be ok. diving in might be something!

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