Sunday, September 24, 2017

hot weather around autumnal equinox

having students who stay late after class
or who come to work in the studio 
on other days
makes me really happy.
 book arts does that.
 at home i've had a second pot of black walnut
on the stove for several days,
dyeing up some cotton tubular yarn
and deep ,dark, delicious silk.
 drying quickly in the heat

and then there's this silk
 i love making small sample sheets
 and i bought a copy of this catalog
which includes india's work.
 and all of the linen suit paper is pulled, pressed, dried,
some of it pigmented,
shown here in the last pile of blotters and books.
 and here are some lake superior agates
some have eyes
 lace
and lanscapes inside
 the flax suit, linen rag papers
natural, yellow ochre, st lawrence riverside woods earth
 here they all are
a big harvest from a blazer and pants
not counted, 
not my habit to count
 and here's a gift 
that i've taken apart in preparation for spinning
 details like glued on tiny notes
sort of post-it notes (two of them)
and a paper thread sewing up the signature



 one page rehabbed by gluing on a new paper.
a sort of white out.
 not throwing or xing out
 taking apart a book, even a simple account book, 
is extremely instructive.
it's a lovely gift from a friend
who understands my love of these old books
which i use for kami-ito making.
it was 85 degrees here, 
in town it was 87.
predicted to be hotter yet tomorrow.
ugh.

6 comments:

Claudia said...

I love those impossible agates...and the black cotton tubing looks like it came from deep down in the ocean. Earth/ocean miracles in spite of the heat!

Mo Crow said...

Wow! what a brilliant post full of The Muchness (as the Mad Hatter said to Alice) you are so in the zone (((Velma)))

Velma Bolyard said...

claudia, oh, this heat--worse in town, though.
mo, i am loving the muchness of this fall. this september has had only one headache, not constant, daily ones!

one small stitch said...

beautiful things - paper, agates and the account book - love them all.

Velma Bolyard said...

yes, jean, i feel a bit like i'm harvesting/hoarding for the winter to come. at least i have stuff to work with come the snows...if we get any...

neki desu said...

thank you, just what i needed lots of beautiful images.

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