Sunday, October 8, 2017

Inuit

i'm a northerner,
have lived next to the canadian border most of my life
and have had a longing to go north.
further up.
way north.
i like the artifacts of the north, the tools, the clothing, the elegance of making 
with very few resources.
yesterday my partner came by
with a surprise for me.
he said, 
"i bought you a kayak".
i couldn't see one, 
but thought maybe he'd left it and we'd go pick it up.
he opened the hatch and instead 
it was in the forester
this elegant model
made for tourists for sure,
and why not?
i love this long, slim boat
and all the details.
i was messing with photo correcting stuff 
(apologies for the poor first photo)
and this happened: 
also this busy, warm week
i've arranged to have a roof put on my house,
taught, 
and gotten this in the mail.
the wonderful folks at Solva 
sent it
signed, no  less!
this is a book to cherish
and if you're lucky
to remember the rich
words
poems
spells
along with the golden 
brilliant
paintings.
even as a child,
i remember loving certain books.
almost unbearably.
this would have been one of them.
back on the ground,
here at zone 4
some of the last batch of paper i made finally dried.
white from Yoyo's Awagami kozo,
colored with earth pigments
including indigo from Maiwa
(and a little more kami-ito and shifu.)
i feel like i'm beginning to understand how these earth pigments
work with flax, hemp, kozo.

10 comments:

Penny said...

I too love your kayak.

Ms. said...

Simply WOW to everything.

Velma Bolyard said...

penny, this one seems very fine to me.
michelle, sometimes life continues WOW for a while

neki desu said...

the details of the kayak are exquisite.

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, you are so right! i keep exploring...

Hazel said...

It's always a treasure trove here. I would love to be eye to eye close like this with your kayaker & imagine going along on many a journey.

jude said...

what a fine gift.
a roof. a roof is a blanket.

Velma Bolyard said...

hazel, this kayaker need to be scrutinized closely, he's a shifter and a quick presence.
jude, yes, i was astonished. my new blanket will be a friendly green metal. all good.

Fiona Dempster said...

So much to see here - I really like the kayak! And Robert McFarlane and his words - he weaves a special magic too.

Velma Bolyard said...

fiona, macfarlane is a gem, as is this little kayak.

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