Friday, February 26, 2016

a (her)story-- a book

an announcement:
i've prepared
with enormous help from carol blinn,
my dear friend, who slaved over this job
through the dark of winter
(special edition with original printed cover and shifu left, 
photographed cover with printed sample on the right)
who did ALL the work
while i just printed and wove and wrote the stuff.
a little book for australia
about my journey through shifu
and printing.
after long conversations with carol 
who is a long time letterpress printer and book designer
and who is still my friend after this herculean effort to be done,
and alicia bailey from the abecedarin gallery
one of a handful of book arts galleries in the u.s.,
i decided to use the nomenclature
that the book arts community overwhelmingly preferred:
"botanical pressure prints*.

fortunately the only confusion
with the word shifu
is the martial art also called shifu.

these will be available first in australia
and back in the states 
at the end of march, when i will put a button in the shop to order.
there is an edition of 50
with 12 special ones that have an original print for the cover
and a little shifu square inside.
below is one of the limited edition of 12 
complete with blue berry prints
should you wish to have a copy
the price will be posted soon, 
and you can let me know and i will set one 
aside for you.
(you'll have to wait until after OZ)

alchemy has a certain glamour.

here is a little much cooked pot of walnut ink
water & 
a short slurp of vinegar,
it's lovely stuff.
more botanical alchemy.

*botanical pressure print: specifically, what many of us once called eco prints, then later called contact prints; book artists find it useful to describe this print process on paper, because the term "contact print" is a photo process on paper. clear as mud, right? 


  1. congratulations on this lovely perfect book, Velma.

    I think that the term botanical pressure points or prints - is very elegant.

    I am also inspired by your little pot of walnut ink. I always go monumental in my pots and stitchings - and that little pot is all one really needs.


  2. Beautiful! Takes my breath away.

  3. Amazing ... again! Love how the blueberries look like moon phases.

  4. Oh me oh my, how positively delicious, I am very much looking forward to seeing them and you in person very very soon. x te

  5. So lovely Velma. Thank you so much for thinking of us in Australia. Getting excited now!

  6. Fantastic work Velma. The blueberry prints are gorgeous. xox

  7. judy, thanks, and i, too, go big, in the papermill is a 5 gallon bucket full of a many years fermented black walnut stew. this pot was reduced MANY times, and will be perfect!
    alice, thank you!
    liz, yes, blueberries are so north country!
    trace, ME TOO!
    jill, you're amazing people, i love that i'll be there in a few days!
    corrine, thanks, yummy blueberries!

  8. x fingers we'll get to see you & your books here in the Big Smoke !

  9. What beautiful work! Australia is lucky for your visit.

  10. mo, it doesn't look too likely, but maybe next time. or maybe you're coming melbourne way?
    cris, thank you!

  11. sadly I can't make it to Melbourne there's no spare dosh for anything except the crow show this year Velma!

  12. mo, dosh is australian for money?! yep. i get that!

  13. Hi V- great you were able to get the book completed; and good that you can give it an outing in Australia. B

  14. exquisite.
    i just did away with a bucket of fermented walnut mush, should have known better

  15. barry, it was a race, and carol did it--she had a big commitment to work around.
    neki, oh, yes. always cook it up and strain it off--you can freeze it, too. it's delicious stuff!

  16. i would love to order a copy of your book. It looks beautiful.


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