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

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

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

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

Calligraphy book

December 12, 2010

For a class project we made a book using the text of our choice. I chose Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “Spring and Fall” and wrote it in humanist bookhand on cream-colored Frankfurt paper. The lines, written in watercolor, change color gradually as the poem progresses. The leafy paper I used for the endpapers is the background in this photo.

Spring and Fall calligraphy book

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