Here are some clues, I mean "views" of love and fun projects I am involved in and tackling with grand enthusiasm, all at the same time! A short progress report: my star quilt is about to be assembled, baby shower invitations have been designed, reproduced, addressed, mailed and as of this morning my first post following my inclusion as a Book Art Object contributor has been written and posted!
All in all in this rainy, steamy, unbearably hot summer I am producing some real cool work;
I am totally satisfied!!!
the actual dried leaf and its cyanotype (photogram) print
Since I remember, I've always collected leaves; I took great care in selecting them, drying them flat in between two sheets of paper, and eventually placing them inside books. In my teenage years I would try to match the shape of the leaf to the mood of the story in the book that would eventually house them. Those were the years I was studying French, my books were all the musts of the littérature française, century by century, and in the mind of the girl I was, the stories demanded leaves of a certain caliber...: they had to be the most special leaves, preferably with scalloped edges or at least with a heart shape form and a rich autumn tint.
I am still collecting leaves today, without a particular reason, almost with that same sense, the total lack of purpose we collect shells on a beach... Now days my leaves find a way out of the pages where they are suppose to lay flat; they enter my work surfaces with a persistence as if all those years in the company of French heroines has given them the right to rebel... I welcome their intrusion and allow them to guide my narrative in ways that I would have never consciously chosen; I realize their presence and influence in the shape, pattern, movement, even the thought in certain compositions and... I smile gratefully.
I live in a big city and yet I am surrounded with all sorts of creatures, some wilder than others, some cuter than others and some less friendly but way more interesting than others! I can't help but thinking of "all creatures great and small", and of the time I lived in England, when some nights holding my children by the window behind the curtains with the lights off and looking at the back garden, we would watch the foxes coming to visit! There were foxes and there were badgers and for some years there were moles ruining the harmonious continuity of our typical english very green and smooth lawn. They did give us though a spectacle of amazing beauty and charm, and with punctuality brought Mark, Christiana and me close together in this unique and so beautiful nocturnal nature watch.
Well, now there are different animals visiting my garden and I still get the greatest kick watching their moves and ways... Without my children's company, with no more need to make up stories for them, I lift my head from the work I do and right in front of this window of mine nature still presents me with the greatest gift: many creatures..., not too great and mostly rather small offering me snippets of their lives right in front my eyes.
I bet if Mark and Christiana were here would have also loved to watch!
It was yesterday early evening when I saw him (or is it her?) on my patio, enjoying crawls and jumps around the plants, the flower beds, the wall...
I started following with my camera snapping the elegant and rather smooth movements, getting closer and closer and immersing myself in to his misty humid environment, happy for the chance to meet and have a glimpse of this early evening crawl.
I can't explain or describe the thrill I got from this encounter...
I love books, so it is very natural to also love bookmarks! I collect them, they are given to me and sometimes I even design and make them. It seems I never have enough, and sometimes I feel I have so very many... And yet, as it usually goes with collectors and their sentiments on adding to their collections, yesterday I was thrilled with a very special gift: six very beautiful bookmarks, a give away gift from a fellow artist-blogger and friend: Egmont.
Egmont, among other things, is an excellent photographer who recently started experimenting with HDR photography (high dynamic range imaging); he used some of his amazing beautiful and sophisticated HDR shots in bookmark format and generously offered them for download at his blog!
Thank you Egmont!