Wednesday, November 25, 2009

from a distant past, always present!

We are first shaped to who we are by the people who bring us up, hopefully with love and good intentions; then we begin forming our own texture and eventually our own patina sometimes acquiring a special luster -if we are lucky-, resulting from the mirroring of certain people we meet and get attracted to, friends we grow to trust, admire, love and respect, the ones we feel this special affinity and who years later we recognize in who we have become.

For me, one of these very special people I was so fortunate to meet and who I feel has influenced who I am, the person who left an indelible mark in my being is the girl in this photo. I met her in my late teens, she became my very best friend and although we have lived in different continents with no contact most of these past decades, her presence has remained in my mind, my thoughts and heart uninterruptedly.

Getting into this Thanksgiving season's mood, I feel the need to express thanks and gratitude for so much good I have been so fortunate to have known, to have felt, to have received. Among other things, I am also so thankful and grateful to be able to talk about this friendship and know that the girl in the photo is going to read it: Thank you Carla! Happy birthday my dearest friend, with all my love, always!

Friday, November 13, 2009

fold, fold, fold and... voilà!

One sheet of paper folded, refolded and ending up with a self bound book; the pages resembling envelopes, ready to accept and store whatever one's heart desires! I inserted samples of imprints from my collection of Chinese seals, ending up with a content fitting perfectly with the materials used to form and illustrate my "envelope" book. I used a washi type of paper marbled by me using the suminagashi method. The cover comes from a stack of some of my not so successful monoprints...
This structure was "invented" by the genius Hedi Kyle, the most respected bookbinder/designer/restorer/ paper expert I so much admire. She named it "blizzard book", because she constructed it during a blizzard, while stuck in her Philadelphia home unable to go out... I call it "envelope book", a more prosaic name but with that charming aura brought by the endless number of possible messages it may contain, store and hide! I know I will be making many more...

Friday, November 6, 2009

autumn everywhere...

"L'automne est un deuxième printemps où chaque feuille est une fleur"
Well, what can one say about the change of colors, the feel in the air, the mood reacting to nature's aesthetics of automne? As far as the color palette change, for sure I cannot express it better than the simple words used by french writer Albert Camus. Yes, I so much agree with the simple and elegant  statement that autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower!
For the rest... like the crispness in the air that one morning suddenly tells you of the season's change? The mood that also suddenly takes you to the familiar reflective state, progressing to the deep awareness of life's cycles' presence, so amazingly illustrated by nature's plan? I certainly have no words for such magnificent happenings, but only the joy and thrill to fully participate and enjoy the magic surrounding me. And yes, I do end up looking outside my window much more frequently!
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