Little red bug book

I don’t have a shot of the interior with me but the end papers are marbles and cut in sequence.

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Later some new metal work. Nothing like making things to put the world right!

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Head down working, no posts ;{

Currently I’m at a workshop at Peters Valley in Layton, New Jersey. I’m also bookbinding at the Center for book arts. I don’t always have access to the Internet so I thought now that I have a few minutes I’d share a few photos and poetry on survival:

Rushing green life tantalizes in circles
where the air is pungent with possibilities
Gone are the sorrows of the past
sparkling conversation reframes the image
reframes the ennui of the destitution
We cannot always be in crisis
it is too exhausting
enervating sluices of the creative act
pulsates through the remade body

Your red lips give hope
luscious sensuality blooms without regret
I stand in the honey glow
and know it is good.

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The Making of Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

Illuminated manuscripts are some of the most beautiful artifacts to survive from the Middle Ages. Their production involved transforming animal skins into parchment; copying texts; painting and gilding miniatures; and binding folios between boards, a process that reveals much about medieval scribal and artistic practice.The other lectures in this series are: Drawings in Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts Illuminated Psalter Manuscripts

via The Making of Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts.

This is a marvelous lecture on a topic dear to my heart. Whenever I’m out of sorts, I find that beauty and passionate intensity makes me feel like life is indeed worth living. I am often in a world where people do not rate being enthusiastic highly and, shall we say, may not possess deep love of a person, place or thing. Often that behavior can be contagious, especially if it’s is all you’re surrounded by. In the video I posted the other day about Aesha Mohammadzai, her surrogate mother repeats something she said that anyone who has endured outrageous violence would understand. No matter how much love she may receive it will never quench that black fiery spot within, the eternal spot with a beginning but no end.

For me, it is necessary to have a fine lecture, a good book, a project or a class to take me away from that spot for awhile. This is all we can ask for and must live with that.

Art from Bosnia

I wanted to share this video from Elgin Smille (Great name, yes?). I enjoy the artwork and the content. I felt refreshed by an art opening that was full of fun and love. This is not something we have in America, especially New York, where this kind of sincerity is often lacking. I wish I spoke the language just to be with these very interesting people. There are English subtitles so don’t forget to make sure captions is on when you view it.

I included the entire YouTube site so you can view his other vids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy5IfTG9gD4&feature=c4-overview&list=UUf44q_feXMLm9l2NP5LooKQ

Still from Prva izlozba

Still from Prva izlozba


Here is his website:
http://eldinsmilleartpage.wordpress.com/my-films-and-videos

Valley of Blood and Henna

To the men who are not our enemies.

Poems & People

Scarlet I must always turn to
scarlet of burnt summer eves,
golden flakes of passive heaves
dirt and dust which redden hue
of wine’ful taste, scent’est henna
unto’ich spake the flowers of war,
naught a reason they grew for
but which due I dub them scilla.
Drunk on fallen dew their’s yonder,
memory mine is tempt to wander
far from this sweet valley Wana
fragrant as deep scarlet henna.
Passing I must always turn to
passing suns in mournful too,
fading fragrance with each noon,
to Hearkened dark, O! come thee soon.
Of where to has trodden darling
and where hath joy trodden to,
scent no more, no more of parting
henna burning summers through.

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Honor Diaries

As you know, my current work focuses on violence against women, often in the Middle East. One piece in particular concerns ghastly trials and impressive strength of Afghan Aesha Mohammadzi. Here is a poignant video of the family who took her in and the odds she faced for recovery after in Talibanland her husband and father-in-law cut off her nose and part of her ears: http://nbcnews.to/1kxGXZu

Also there is a new movie Honor Diaries, which is playing in AMC Loews Theater in East Hanover NJ on June 26. Melanie Gorleick of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking emailed the information. You can follow on Twitter and Facebook. See http://www.honordiaries.com/. Another place to connect about the serve oppression of woman is a helping outreach site: http://www.girlforward.org/.

These small postings may seem like a drop in the bucket but the more rain falls the bucket becomes full.

Detail of Metalsmithing from 2014 Kean University exhibition.

Violence has nothing to do with honor.