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

Broadside

January 8, 2013

This work is a commission based on Job 38:4. The client chose a short verse, but I wanted to include some of the delightful language from the surrounding chapters about the mysteries of the sea, the wind, and the creatures of the earth. The flowing lines of poetry grew from an early concept that involved geological layers—the foundation of the earth.

Job 38:4

Letterpress Christmas cards

December 25, 2012

I took a letterpress class, and for the final project I printed our family Christmas cards using my own calligraphic image on a variety of papers. The tree background was printed with a handmade photopolymer plate. To print the second color, I traced my own calligraphy in Illustrator to create a digital vector file and ordered the plate from Boxcar Press. It was helpful to learn the letterpress process firsthand, and I was very pleased with the cards, but I’m not sure how much chance I will have to personally print letterpress projects in the future.

Christmas cards

Thank-you card

July 4, 2012

A thank-you card for a babysitter.

thank-you card

Accordion book

March 20, 2011

I completed my second handmade book for the calligraphy classes I’m taking. This time the script is italic, and I used watercolors on wave green Canson Mi-Teintes paper. Click on the image below to see more photos.

The Sirens

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