spelling

As a saver of every pretty scrap created in the making of things, whether paper or fabric, I love being able to use them in the creation of something new. So to create a book for an exhibit, I gladly revisited the strip binding method I learned last February from Claire Van Vliet. Among other [...]

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I am so very pleased that my gilded Spelling Words book is currently on exhibit in 23 Sandy Gallery’s show “Sacred|Profane”  in Portland, Oregon. From juror Jim Carmin’s statement: “In the beginning books were saturated in the divine. The words they contained brought forth the word of God and in early times few objects could [...]

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Superstition 13 Exhibit at SFCB

by Cari on 10/18/2013

in Book Art

“Superstition 13, Book Arts from the Shadow World,” is a juried show devoted to the occult and magical, currently on display at the San Francisco Center for the Book. It is indeed full of mystery, not least because the books are behind glass. We can see only a page spread and that just whets the [...]

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The words of women seeking safety and strength for their reproductive lives speak across time. These childbirth charms first came to me by way of a book I read over twenty years ago, Women and Writing in Medieval Europe. Amid the excerpts from queens, nuns, and advice for wives, there is a short chapter called [...]

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Summertime Paste Papers

by Cari on 08/16/2012

in Book Art

The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are when I usually find a chance to puddle around in the studio, painting papers for later use in bookworks and whatnot. The hot dry summer heat is very conducive to this activity, allowing me to work in layers, adding letters, paste and inks to the paper and [...]

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I’m pleased that my first variant of Spelling Words will be on exhibit at three venues in the San Francisco Bay Area over the next several months. Opening today at the Book Club of California, a flourishing institute for bibliophiles in San Francisco since 1912, is the 39th annual members exhibit of the Hand Bookbinders [...]

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Most of us know this little rhyme, to wish upon the first star we see at night, and if we say it with all our heart, it will come true. We learn it as children. We remember it because it rhymes. We repeat it as adults, just in case it might really be true. This [...]

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En-chant-ment

by Cari on 02/07/2011

in Book Art

I’ve uploaded another new gallery to this site, of the three variants of my book Spelling Words. I’ve written extensively about the creation of this book elsewhere in the journal – you can follow the trackbacks at the bottom of the gallery page to read some of those posts. What I’ve probably never done is [...]

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Spelling the Internet

by Cari on 11/30/2010

in Writing

Everyone these days bemoans the loss of spelling ability, as our screenagers spend more time in front of screens than with a book in their hands, and the internet is full of quite imaginative spelling. But there is one time when your spelling must be completely immaculate, and that is when coding a website. If [...]

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Borrowing Words

by Cari on 05/23/2009

in Writing

My last post about binding words inspired a calligrapher in England to create a painting with the words of my spell. She has written about her process on her blog, Spirit Whispers, and shared the self-doubt mixed with the thrill of creation. Having her borrow my words, and ask for permission to sell her resulting [...]

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