Common Things

April 2, 2014

This book is an entry in the William Stafford Calligraphy Project and also the first in what I hope to be a series of small books that present two poems together. When I read Stafford’s “Allegiances,” I couldn’t help being reminded of Joachim du Bellay’s famous sonnet “Heureux qui, comme Ulysse.” Presenting the two poems interwoven in different hands and colors has an interesting effect, and the combination of lovely papers gives me great pleasure.

The book (along with many fabulous pieces by other members of the Portland Society for Calligraphy) will be on display at three different locations this year.

Common Things photomontage

Ulysses excerpt

July 27, 2013

My entry in the Portland Society for Calligraphy’s fall 2013 member show featured an excerpt from the Cyclops chapter of Ulysses. I once saw these words on a gigantic two- or three-story-high banner in Dublin on Bloomsday, probably as publicity for a local grocery store, and the pungent, tangible list of vegetables has stuck with me for many years. I wanted my piece to have a similarly visceral effect on a smaller scale, so I framed it with some food-related objects.

Cyclops quote
Cyclops quote

Calligraphy book: The Yellow Tractor

April 12, 2013

This calligraphy project displays an excerpt of a book written from the viewpoint of a Haitian boy. He is interested in the world outside Haiti, but he is also proud of his small town and wishes for it to be recognized in the world. I wanted to make a book that was colorful and intriguing, simple and poignant. The body text is an attempted imitation of European school handwriting, and I pasted maps to the backs of the pages before painting them.

title page
first spread
second spread
third spread
front cover

Exultate justi

March 4, 2013

Full of admiration for the scribes of the Book of Kells, I spent some time learning the Insular Majuscule, or Half-Uncial, hand and found it immensely enjoyable.

Exultate justi

Happy Latin birthday

April 15, 2012

A card for a classicist friend.

card

Calendar

December 3, 2011

This calligraphy class project was a calendar featuring photos of one adorable four-month-old baby. The paper is Arches text wove sponged with Elmer’s art paste and acrylic paint. The dates are written in gouache, and I got the 8×8″ photo prints at Costco. I wish I had photos of more of the pages, because there is a fabulous array of colors.

baby calendar

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