The days have been very full lately, with working with the elementary students, working at the store, organizing art shows for the gallery, freelance teaching, and putting our house together, but I am figuring out how to still make work within this framework. It turns out that writing new text is an activity well-suited to my time at Tiny Town. Today I had a free afternoon, so I designed, printed, and bound a couple of test copies of a new book. There’s still some fine-tuning to be done, I think, but it feels good to have a physical object in hand.
Yesterday at my job one of the children went through this progression of ideas. Coincidentally, I have been reading this book about Agnes Martin. Grids everywhere!
First batch of lumps fresh outta the kiln. Now I have the interesting challenge of creating an integrated means of display for them. I am thankful for my friend Joseph Sivilli for firing them for me in the midst of a studio re-build.
They are strange objects and I am pleased!
Rocks and cups! Three three-color reductions, all printed on the sign press on transparent paper. I’m looking forward to seeing how this book turns out…
I had a wonderful weekend teaching letterpress to a group from Paperworks. Thanks, ladies!
Type set, type printed! I try to participate in one print exchange each year, so I can check this off my list for the year. Thanks Erin for inviting me to be part of Stronghold: A fortress for women in print.
After a couple of months of moving / bookmaking for the show at Tiny Town / starting a new job / making things for the wedding, I’m back to using CLAY.
After two years of near-myopic focus in grad school, I am practicing using my mind in a different way; I have many different things to do throughout the day, and I’ve historically had a hard time transitioning from one thing to the next (who doesn’t, though?). Since I know this, and also the reality of my Tucson life right now is that there are a lot of different things to attend to, I am working on focusing quickly and deeply. It’s all in the mind, really.
This is also becoming clear because recently my yoga practice became a lot shorter (hello, karandavasana). I thought it would be a relief, and it is, but it feels really short and at the same time really intense; there is no long entry or exit so in a way it feels more intense than before because it is very concentrated. I can feel my mind changing, and I am starting to see how this applies in the rest of my day.