Wow! What a busy holiday and post-holiday season I've had! I am grateful to have a number of projects and workshops ongoing. Please see Workshops for upcoming events.
Feathers shall raise men even as they do birds, toward heaven: - that is by letters written with their quills. (Leonardo da Vinci)
In December I visited a special exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester at the North Carolina Museum of Art. On display were the pages of a 500-year-old handmade (duh, the only kind available then!) book that da Vinci had journaled in, doodled on, and expressed his thinking in as he worked through various problems. The exhibit was informative, inspiring, and fully absorbing. It occurred to me that one does not have to BE da Vinci to journal, doodle, and otherwise work out one's thoughts within the pages of a handmade book.
One customer followed up on the da Vinci idea remarkably well: She commissioned a leather bound book, proceeded to draw and write out various herbal recipes, and gave the filled book as a Christmas gift.
I ended the month by teaching an introductory papermaking workshop at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC. It was a one-day affair in which students had opportunity to practice the technique of pulling sheets of paper and got to play with a variety of pulps and decorative methods with inclusions. Most importantly we all had fun!