Monday, April 30, 2012

Beads, Buddha, and Bondaweb

It's time for Puget Sound Book Artists' second members' exhibit, and I just finished getting my books photographed and documented and jpegs sent on their merry way. Here are my three entries. The first book, Journey, is small, about 3"x3" bound by sewing over tapes. Remember the mess I had trying to sew over that overspun sari yarn? Well, I gave up and took that little book apart, and started over, sewing over nice, well-behaved Ultrasuede, and this is the result. The cover is made from brown grocery bag, one of my favorite papers to embellish, and beaded (of course). I like the way it turned out.

The parts of the pages that look painted, if you are curious, is actually bondaweb, painted and then cut into shapes and ironed onto the black hemp paper. The fun part of this book was the stitching, because each stitch shows on the reverse side of the page as well, so I had to place each bondaweb design so that the stitches would make some kind of sense on both sides of the page. It was an interesting experiment that I will for sure try again.

The next two books are maze fold formats. When Mr. B's brother Mike died a few years ago, he left stacks of etchings printed on lovely paper that I just could not bear to send to the recycle bin. I have begun using those repurposed prints in my own work, and these next two books are part of that series. I have blogged about both books before (here). I did finally finish the cover for the one I call Rain, as well as add a bit to one of the pages.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wayzgoose Was Fun

As usual, much fun was had by all at this year's Tacoma Wayzgoose. The weather cooperated perfectly, providing the best, sunniest, warmest, most happy Spring day we have had so far this season. So here is a little recap, and a photo of the prize I bought myself. I had to buy it. It Spoke to me. Some of you will take one look and know exactly what I'm talking about.

My prize, letterpress print by artist Keegan Onefoot of Portland, Oregon.  See what I mean? You know you've been there.

Friday, April 13, 2012

April Means Wayzgoose!

If it's April in Tacoma, it's Wayzgoose Time. This  year Wayzgoose takes place on Sunday, April 22, 11-4,  at King's Books. Please join Puget Sound Book Artists and a wondrous gathering of talented and amazing letterpress artists for this FREE celebration. More information about Tacoma Wayzgoose and participants can be found here. The big draw, of course, is the steamroller printing.

But inside there are so many things to see and do (yes, FREE hands-on activities), plus, of course, it's Kings Books-- open for business! Buy a book! Make a day of it. There are some great places to eat lunch without having to move your car. I highly recommend Doyle's Pub (next door) and the Harmon Hub (family-friendly, on Court D, the street behind King's and Doyle's).

Wayzgoose is a great place to bring the family, because it's a hands-on celebration. But if you are kid-free, don't feel you are too grown up to stand in line and try your hand at printing. It's fun. Then, like me, you can come home, spread your treasures out on the kitchen table and feel happy.

Blogger Issues?

If you have tried to post a comment on my blog and could not, my apologies. Something must be up with Blogger, because when you go to the Help forums, the issue seems to be widespread. The last straw was this morning when I (logged in to Blogger and everything even!) could not post a comment on my own stinkin' blog.

Ah well. The Internet is bigger than us all and mostly we are at its mercy. My response today is to shrug and Wait for Someone to Fix It.

And in the meantime, I plan to go do something more creative than staring at a monitor gnashing my teeth.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

What Color is Your Town Today?

Thunderstorms predicted for yesterday never happened.

I took that as an omen and headed for the beach with you-know-who. It was low tide, which means lots of things to smell. For me, of course, it was just that general Eau de Tide's Out, but for a scentmeister like Cody, the world is not only his oyster, it is also his goose, osprey, barnacle, snail, and crab.

Yes, I too have a canine version of Buck Moss, and as dogs go he is one of the very best. So what color is my town today? It is the salt-faded, storm-on-horizon, bleached-out colors of a northwest rock beach. In spring. I am so lucky to have this place walking-distance from my house. I always wanted to live near a beach. This is not the kind of beach I had in mind when I was 10, but I'm happy with it.