Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Glazier Codex: 2 new books!

Well, I haven't posted much for a long time, but I'm really happy to share my two new works! These books are in the style of the Glazier Codex and based on a model from 500 AD. I'm not going to pretend their exact replicas, but they are certainly 'in the style of!'
One book has a wooden cover with mahogany goat leather for its spine and wrapping. There are two carved bone toggles which I stained with terracotta coloured ink. That book has leather wrapped that continues off of the spine and wraps around the edges of the book.
The other book's cover is paper covered davey board. The leather used on it is deer hide. It will soon have toggles, as well.

Sunday, 3 March 2013


This afternoon, as I was driving to a friend's for a visit, I saw a young man with a heavy backpack and his arms full of what looked to be books. Snowy rain was falling and he was obviously struggling. I looped around the block and pulled up half a block ahead of him.

I got out of the car, and looked up the block to him, said hi, opened my trunk and pulled out a cloth grocery bag. When I turned toward him he was closer and I smiled and began to say "Can I help you."

He spoke over me and said "I don't want a ride." I said, "Oh, I was thinking I could help you. It looks like you're having trouble and I thought you'd like another bag."

I held it open and he began putting his books inside. I noticed that the reason he'd been holding the bag close to his chest was because it was not only full, it also had a broken handle. As we filled the bag, I asked if I could give him another for the rest of his books, so he could manage better, since the handle was broken. He said no, he would be getting another soon, and this was enough.

All through our exchange he kept on saying "Why?" More than once I simply said it looked like he needed something to carry his books in and I'd wanted to help.

So, what's the big deal?

Well, this young man was also a man with a disability, obvious to anyone who looked at him.

As I drove away, watching him continue on his way, I was struck with an overwhelming sadness. I realized a simple and painful truth. His question of "Why?" had brought that painful truth.

In my own privileged world, of health and what people refer to as 'normal,' an offer of help is welcomed with thankfulness. It's not that I expect it, or assume I deserve it, it's just that it is a part of my life experiences. This young man I'd met, however, did not have this happen as a regular occurrence and as I drove down the street I realized that for him this simple act had been so out of the ordinary that he'd had to ask, why.


Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Book Arts

Some time ago I made my first book sculpture. Recently I had it photographed professionally for a show entry. Love these photos!


Makes me want to curl up with a good book!




Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Perfection.....or not?

Well, I've been struggling a bit with letting go....letting go and of making things just right....you know, ...perfection.

It's kind of funny, really, because I don't really care if many things are perfect, but the more I delve into the world of art, the more I seem to be looking for perfection. I find myself wanting to discard things that I think aren't perfect, I find myself being more and more critical of the work I am doing.

SOOOOOOOO, I need to let go. I need to breathe and accept. I need to explore the possibilities. If something isn't exactly to my liking, what if it were allowed to become something else? This is what I am striving for, this is my new goal for my art.