good intentions

It’s been a while. My life is just nuts. I keep cutting things out of it but there are not enough hours in the day. Regular readers know that last year our youngest was diagnosed with a chronic pain disorder, and while she now has a great team of specialists to work with, she has needed some help finishing out this semester. It is not often that I say this, but fortunately I am an ADJUNCT professor, so I am only on campus two days a week. The other five have been spent driving back and forth over the three hours between where we live and where she goes to school to help her manage. Obviously this has taken up a lot of time I spend doing other things, something had to give, this time it was the blog. I post almost everyday on my Instagram account because all I need to do is take a picture with my phone. But trying to put my life/studio work into words has seemed like too much effort of late. But I miss being “here”. Because sometimes putting the work into words helps me figure it out, and blogging has always been a link to my tribe,and it has been a difficult time to feel cut off from that. So WHAT have I been doing? I really have been busy, not always in my studio, often in the living room of my daughter’s flat, which has fewer amenities and fewer choices! But I have tried to keep working, because as I am sure you all know, it’s the work that keeps you sane. I have been really focused on small functional books lately, as it is festival time, and since giving up my job at the print shop, I need to figure out how to make up that income in the summer. Here’s a small sample of that work

little baby books made from lovely scraps

little baby books made from lovely scraps

and even smaller book charms, each with an individual stamped quote

and even smaller book charms, each with an individual stamped quote

Lots of colourful journals with ribbons and pretty paper

super colourful!

super colourful!

and as always recycled book covers and lunch bag journals

lunch bag journals

lunch bag journals

leading up to this – my annual trip to the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

my table at the book fair

my table at the book fair

I am going to be at another book fair this weekend in Westfield NY at Eason Hall. Tomorrow May 2nd from 9-3. Stop by!

I am also slowly creeping along on some ongoing projects. As I will be around this weekend – maybe more pictures tomorrow.

If you are reading this – thanks for patiently hanging in there. Summer is coming, and before that Paper and Book Intensive. Can’t wait!!

White Object on White Background

dryadart:

amazing how great the work looks when a GOOD photographer takes the pictures! This is a new binding I just finished designing.

Originally posted on Jennifer Scott Schlick:

While white eggs in a white bowl provide an interesting exercise, here’s something more useful: A couple of “portraits” of one of Debra Eck’s handmade books.

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For these, I purchased a piece of white poster board so I wouldn’t have to deal with the wrinkles and variable translucence of the sheet I had been using as a background. I also bought a couple of work lights with 75-watt compact flourescent daylight bulbs. I only needed one, providing the light from the left. The other light is coming in through the bedroom window. It’s a sunshine day with lots of reflection off the snow.

Here there are in gray-scale:

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Still here, really.

Life continues to be a bit bumpy outside the studio this year. But once the door is closed I am managing to still get something done.
I have a couple of new big projects simmering, berehinia is going to finally get some content. Thanks to my journals this year I finally settled on imagery for this book. Here are a couple of sneak peeks – first I tore down the paper for the signatures and added some random stamping and paint.

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Next I added some lino prints

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Then some hand stamped text and machine sewing, because I love those threads

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Planning on adding more layers, marks and of course some embroidery. But with 31 signatures in the binding it is slow going.
I am also still journalling away. I still have a few days of the 30 day journal to finish, and I am managing to stay on track with the DLP prompts. Here’s a few images from my journals

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Really trying to add some color!

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And pile on the layers

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And use up stuff I have had for ages like these flowers.
None of these are my typical style, but it is fun playing at being someone else sometimes!
Well the real world calls. More catch up posts tomorrow.

What a GREAT day!

Today I was at a great symposium in Rochester – I met all kinds of amazing people and my little brain is all revved up with new schemes and possibilities. Then when I got home I discovered that one of my art idols – Lisa Sonora (creative genius behind the creative entrepreneur which CHANGED MY LIFE!) featured one of my journal pages on her blog. Yep – Life is good. Today was an EXCELLENT day to be an artist.

More journaling.

As was the case last year, a lot of stuff is coming up as I begin my year with a period of intense journaling. The word WILD chose me this year. If you are not a regular reader of my blog you may not know that I can be too detail oriented and that I am habitually drawn to complex, slow and large projects. What my art journals give me is a place to make a spontaneous mess.
As I have been journaling this year I have been trying to find my way back to a less mundane and more magical center. Strangely what has come out of that journey this week is my reluctance to let myself use many of the beautiful papers in my studio for something that is just for me, as if I am not worthy. So I gave myself permission to grab ANYTHING this week, and so my spreads have an air of abundance and luxury (to me anyway).
Here are some step out images of my documented life spread for this week, which was supposed to use gesso.

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First I covered the whole spread in my used book journal with gesso.

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Then I used some doilies as stencils, then I pasted the now painted doilies over the top, along with some scraps of the lovely textured paper I used on the covers of the book in the last post. I dry brushed some black paint over the page, then sprayed with a homemade gold alcohol ink and let that run.
Then I added another layer of Gesso to push the whole thing back and subdue it enough to journal on, but wasn’t really happy. So I started layering on more lovely paper from the studio.

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There was a long quote I wanted to use, so I printed it out and then sewed it with my machine to one of the pages, this is ridiculously trick when sewing into an already bound book!

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Lastly I added the Mary Shelley quote that was thus week’s prompt and the inspiration for this cobbled together gothic mess. Then I journaled on the page.
Inspired by the freedom of this page my 30 day journal pages have a similar feel and use many of the same materials and techniques.

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I feel as if I am finding my way back home this week. A big thanks to the Art 5 ladies and Lisa Sonora for putting together these FREE adventures that are taking my feet back home to my muse.

Just Say No

dryadart:

This is such a great post from my friend Jennifer – you will see my pesky friendship has driven her to just say no! But seriously – this is where I am at myself this year – too many people, too many projects, not enough time to dream away in my studio – read this! Thank me later :)

Originally posted on A Passion for Nature:

Today, I gave a talk at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown.  I’ll include the reading and hymn numbers here, just in case you are UU and might like to know.

Just Say No
Jennifer Schlick

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Opening Hymn #360 – Here We Have Gathered

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude

Chalice Lighting – Reading #448

Hymn #90:  From all the Fret and Fever of the Day

Children’s Story

A Cup of Tea

Adapted from a traditional Zen Koan

Once upon a time, there was a professor who had been teaching at the University for a long time.  He knew many things and was highly regarded by everyone.

One day, he learned that there was a very wise Zen master who lived high in the mountains above the town.  This Zen master was also highly regarded by everyone.

The professor decided he should meet the Zen master, to…

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Happy Birthday to me!!

Today is my birthday – another year gone by – but FINALLY I can say – she is finished – yes! A Woman’s Work is finally done! I finished the sewing earlier this week, but was stumped on the covers – I opted for a textured but plain paper, as there is already a lot going on with this book. I snapped some quick pictures with my phone – she has a date with a real photographer later this week. Really, I can’t believe this two year project has finally ended, (unless I change my mind about those covers – it could happen).

It began with this idea during my residency at TLC.

It began with this idea during my residency at TLC.

and then I started collecting the LISTS

and then I started collecting the LISTS

poor book - still in progress - will I ever finish?

poor book – still in progress – will I ever finish?

the book block ready to sew

the book block ready to sew

and FINALLY all done!

and FINALLY all done!

except - a woman's work is NEVER done

except – a woman’s work is NEVER done

bottom of the block showing all the lovely strings

bottom of the block showing all the lovely strings

and the cover - hmmm still not sure

and the cover – hmmm still not sure

I want to give a huge thank you to Turkey Land Cove for the residency where this project was born, and to all the brave women who shared their to-do lists with me. This project had a LOT of help, and much encouragement from many of my readers & friends – THANK YOU everyone! Next up – snowflake bindings & a serious windfall of maple leaves!