Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring

After a very long winter of political outrage, a cold/cough that took a month to recover and then a frantic effort to make some books for this year's Puget Sound Book Artist Exhibition I finally noticed it was spring. It is our tradition to celebrate by going north to Skagit Valley to see the daffodils.

The dark low hanging clouds made the skies dramatic. Of course we bring our boots. The puddles on the edge of the fields were as muddy as ever and our favorite garden store, Christianson's, was beautifully decorated. A walk through the greenhouses inspires the camera and stimulates ideas for ones own garden.









The swans are present but no snow geese this time. 




Here are the books I entered in PSBA's member exhibit. 
This year it is a themed show called Northwest Musings.

This one I call Home
These are the birds that kept me company 
while I watched CNN, MSNBC, Fox, BBC, NHK, 
and if I felt wild I would look at RT 
just to balance out the political craziness. 
Somehow it felt like my civic duty to stay informed. 
I watch less now. 
I have made my mind up. 



This one is called "A Wish for Democracy"
It was the result of a participatory project at my local library. 
The book was designed around the comments 
on democracy by ninety three library patrons
 from January 20 (Inauguration Day) to February 20 (President's Day). 
This was my first collaboration and my first edition book of 4. 



This set is called Snap 1 & 2
It is a photo montage of the Pacific Northwest. 
It isn't a new set of book but it fit the theme. 




Sunday, January 29, 2017

Let it Not Happen Again

Today we visited the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. The structure of the memorial was built to look like the waves - the waves of Japanese American citizen rounded up on March 30, 1942. Paper cranes danced in the brisk winds. Little tributes were placed under family names. Please note the ages of these so-called enemies of the state. This atrocity was committed during an act of war.

Today's ethnic group, the Muslims were being detained without cause or due process at the airports all across America this weekend. Who will it be tomorrow? Will it be you or me? Will it be our children or grandchildren? Can we not learn from past mistakes?

Let us never forget! 
Let us fight for democracy for all peoples. 







The travel tag every detainee had to wear. This group of Japanese detainees were sent from  Washington State to Death Valley and then later relocated to Minidoka Idaho. 








“Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”

FDR’s First Inaugural Address

Unfortunately, we did not hear such wisdom last week. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A new year

Where to start?
It has been such a long time since my last post. Frankly I have been too upset, too dispirited to do much. It has been hard to concentrate on anything else but the state of the union. I have managed to put the drama aside and make a few books for others.

I used the Tim Ely Drum-leaf method. That makes 17 journals/sketchbooks so far using his technique. He suggested we challenge ourselves to make at least 20 in the first year after his class. I do believe I am going to reach that goal too.

These travel journals are 4.5" x 5.75"  They fit nicely in the hand and in the lap. For two of the journals I put in two long sheets of watercolor paper folded such that it opens out for two landscape drawings.

The top journal was printed using my handmade rock stamp and over-painted with earth pigments. The Asian covers were images taken off line, but the others are my own photographic images.

I hope they bring pleasure to the recipients.






the backside...




Looking ahead... this year's Puget Sound Book Artist exhibition is themed - "Musings on the Northwest". I may have to go into serious isolation so my spirit may rise for the opportunity. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Nature's suminigashi

We have been back 2 weeks now. Unfortunately I got caught up in the American version of Game of Thrones - our current political nightmare. If I have one hair on my head left it will be amazing.

I try hard to remember our adventure. We traveled 7,108 miles, visited 13 states and collected 8 capitols. We saw some beautiful parks and rocks and sights. Nature out did herself in Tahquamenon Fall in Michigan. I loved the falls....




But the designs created by the tannin foams were equally beautiful and delightful...




We rented a flat bottom boat. It was hard to contain my delight. 







We looked like a whirly gig twisting and turning to get each shot. 




.

 
And then it got thicker.... 



 

A bit like the foam on a mocha latte. 
It was amazing. 
Nature's version of suminagashi. 
And me without any paper to dip! Dang!