Saturday, August 26, 2017

a week of muchness

patterns on the morning table
remind me of where my thoughts
 traveled this summer
(which is now waning.
morning temperatures in the high 40's.
and heavy dewfall.)
i play patterning paper into spheres.
 there has been so much rain
 and the babies are so big now.
 and below,
some useful and beautiful plants
goldenrod, canada thistle
 and these are the indoor doings:
i had the incredible honor of this gift,
 margaret sent me a piece of beautiful shifu
woven by sadako sakurai
a piece that i held in my hands earlier this summer
in seattle.
she also sent some reading, 
articles i'd perhaps once seen, but had forgotten.
an astonishing package, and
so welcome!

 and i found i actually had this catalog
hidden away in my studio shelves! 
 see the paper here, 
thread and the small rice seed 
where the sadako spun around the corner (so to speak)
 my 4 selvedge shifu echoes this,
so different, 
like a country bumpkin cousin
  i now have enough pages here
spun from kozo account book paper
for a japanese stab bound book,
and a few wee squares
left over.
 i've been spinning
 AND i discovered this woman's work!
i'd heard this summer that i should see a show of sarah's work.
i wish i had. she's written two zines
full of comics and fiber,
you'll learn a lot and be delighted.
i promise.
more news this week includes me acquiring a parking sticker
at st lawrence university
where i'll be teaching book arts this fall.
and a slew of slu meetings
but next week: class begins. 
this is going to be a semester of possibility,
we have sophomores, and adults and a printmaker and me teaching.
i'm expecting to be challenged and have some real fun!
and i've spruced up my website a little bit:
it's still a work in progress, though.


  1. beautiful! So sweet of Margaret. And I love your kozo account book paper! So much here to love.

  2. catherine, thank you. my visit in your country was sweet in so many ways. i deeply treasure my time with you and all of the rest of the wonderful folks in your region. i needed another couple of weeks!

  3. The beautiful otherworldliness of your place always sets me to daydreaming.

  4. hazel, sometimes it does me, too, which then means i don't get my work done. now that the summer of wonders is over, it's time to work!

  5. i've been meaning to order that book.

  6. jude, it IS worth it, so much fun AND good instructions, too. and fun drawings...

  7. Sarah Swett is a delight to know! I have both her zines. They are incredible. As is she. So glad that you found her, Velma.

  8. bonnie, how wonderful that you know sarah and her work. i am so inspired by her fine work and love those (i have both, too) zines.

  9. I took a workshop from her in 2009, Velma, and we have remained in touch ever since. I have also come to know her mom, who happens to share a passion for sacred geometry with me. Both women are incredibly inspiring!

  10. bonnie, i gotta say it--small world. so great these many connections. i hope i get to meet her someday!

  11. I love your kozo account book paper! So much here to love.

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