Tuesday, April 3, 2018

FLAX Notion finally for sale

many of you have been interested in this little edition. 
before i take it along with me to the Book Arts Bazaar
i would like to offer it to my online friends.
there are 7 only.
 some of you know the story already,
but here are the pages, the "text".




your copy will of course be signed.
i took the photos before i remembered to do that little chore. 

this is the separate colophon that accompanies the book.

FLAX NOTION

Flax Notion is about a little love affair with flax.
These papers were pulled in the winter of 2017-18 by Velma Bolyard in her kitchen.
While most papermakers would snort at such foolishness, Velma found it easier to work at home, 
comfortably dressed and in Birkenstocks, than at the mill at SLU.
The cover is a heavy flax sheet, inner papers are a lighter weight.
This raw fiber flax was beaten in a Valley Beater for over an hour, 
and hauled home in yogurt quart jugs.
Papers were carefully pulled using Lee MacDonald moulds in a dishpan in the sink, 
pressed in my mill Wake Robin with the Aardvark Press,
 and carefully restraint dried utilizing old Newton Falls Paper Mill 
cotton letterhead paper for blotters, with lots more pressure from an old book press. 
Little papers were all stitched with beeswaxed linen thread which changed their ‘handle’, 
and stitched on pages so you can touch them.
The plain flax sheet was stitched with my handspun lokta kami-ito, 
the scarlet colored with a Japanese bengara ink stick and scarlet linen, 
the blue pigmented with Maiwa indigo and sewn with linen, 
and the gold with a mix of yellow and red ochers and gold linen. 
The three pigments used were obtained in Vancouver and Melbourne, 
and the changes in the flax paper from all that stitching is what this book is all about.
This tiny edition of 7 (and one for me) celebrates the wonderful snowy winter,
sensuous flax, 
and many, many stitches.

Velma Bolyard at Wake Robin Papers
North Russell NY
FLAX NOTION

FLAX NOTION is available after the fair,
but I will reserve a few for readers who ask.
$85
i'll invoice you, if you email me.
vdbolyard@gmail.com

13 comments:

Trace Willans said...

Oh, oh, oh, oh
If wishes were horses
x te

Velma Bolyard said...

trace, beggars would ride. as a kid my mum would say that and i never got it.

Trace Willans said...

Perhaps more appropriately for me
If wishes were books
I would have them all
x te

Velma Bolyard said...

trace, yes, and live inside an amazing library!

Hazel said...

How wonderfully rich they are, Velma! Congratulations! Love that blue on blue...
(we always said, "If wishes were fishes...we'd never go hungry again")

Velma Bolyard said...

hazel, fishy wishy was a ... feeling good about finally completing this.

Felicity said...

Oh Velma!!

Velma Bolyard said...

Felicity! gRiN!

Fiona Dempster said...

What a labour of love Velma - so many elements brought lovingly together - congratulations!

susan bowers said...

A beautiful Edition and a fine showcase for the flax. Beautiful.

Velma Bolyard said...

fiona and susan, thank you both. i feel like this time the flax and the book and the stitches and the colors are walking hand in hand. really happy witht he book-i would have liked to have letterpressed the colophon, but it's ok ink jet printed.

onesmallstitch said...

congratulations, looks great. My fingers are itching to feel, love the colours.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, thank you!

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