Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Journals, collages, and an amazing auction.
It's amazing how quickly one forgets things. A little over a decade ago, I enrolled in a few courses offered by the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists' Guild (or CBBAG, affectionately pronounced "cabbage"). I was trying to find a way to marry my love of paper and books and of making things with my hands. Seemed a no-brainer. It also helped me with my blank journal addiction: I couldn't - and still can't - walk through the journal section of a stationary store without having heart palpitations. For a few years, I made quite a number of journals: I sold some, used some, and gave some away to my long-suffering friends and family members ("Not another danged journal for Christmas...")
When I made my latest one last week, it had been so long since I'd done it - a few years - that I found myself making all sorts of cardinal mistakes. I had to refer to my old notes, but they didn't help much, as I'd left out many of the very basic, obvious points which no self-respecting binder would have to think twice about. Oh, well, at least the cover paper is beautiful. While I was at it, I made a mini-journal with the cut offs. I like all things mini, and enjoy these tiny books which are made in exactly the same way as the larger ones.
I've been working on a new series of collages, using leaves and flowers that I've found and pressed, as well as pieces from the old letters I purchased last year in London's Spitalfield's Market, and papers, some of which were already painted, and others which I painted a while ago. I found myself very much influenced by the season's change with the pallet for these.
And I wanted to add my pipes to spreading the word about an amazing auction happening right now within the mythic arts community. There are fabulous items - books and art and more - being auctioned off for a very, very good cause. It can be found at Magick4Terri.