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Someone I know recently    made  a    beautiful  comment  about  my  hands.  This  post  was inspired  by them.  Thank  you,  JM.   ~kmk
“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.”
Rumi, The Essential Rumi
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I love it when I leave it up to coincidence to answer a question or a dilemma for me. Today, despite grand intentions to write a longer post and indeed, make a list of future posts so that I don’t get stuck on what to write, it happened anyway….. The day got away, and at 10:15 pm or thereabouts, feeling tired, and spent for myriad reasons,  there I was, pondering too late what I was going to write when all I wanted to do was crawl into bed. So, during a conversation with a friend on some deep topics, he brought up wholeness. And then after that, I bumped into an email from Heron Dance, a favorite journal…. and then, I thought, surely Heron Dance will have something I can share, as this journal and artist has inspired me many a time. And what better way to end an evening but on a note of inspiration to take to bed with you ?  Heron Dance has good products and I love their cards, journals, and books. The journals contain fine quality paper so that even if you think your writing doesn’t have substance, at least you can rest assured that the paper does. 🙂

“Wholeness may be thought of as a kind of inner equilibrium, in which all our capabilities have been brought into functioning as an organism. . . . In wholeness I sense an integration of those characteristics that are uniquely ME and those interests which I share with the rest of mankind. . . .I believe that pots have the smell of the person who makes them: a smell of tenderness, of vanity or ambition, of ease and naturalness, of petulance, uncertainty, callousness, fussiness, playfulness, solemnity, exuberance, absent-mindedness. The pot gives off something. It gives off its innerness, that which it holds but which cannot be seen.”
– MC Richards from Centering: In Pottery, Poetry and the Person

http://www.herondance.info/about/m-c-richards/

 

As someone who has a small pottery collection, this was food for thought.

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2 other things that I think deserve more credit: Book artists and art therapist. This from Gretchen Miller, art therapist and book artist. ” I can do anything, spread my wings, take to the sky…” Yeah baby!

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A new class I will be teaching at my favorite suburban gallery and art space/shop, TLD Designs in  Westmont, IL:

scroll down to paper arts.

http://www.tlddesigns.com/pagethree.html#kat

 

 

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Sad news, indeed.

I have never seen one of their installations “live”, nonetheless, I have been very inspired by their work, by their collaboration, by the vision of their projects, by the faith they have in their own work.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/19/jeanne-claude-artist-is-dead/?hp

Some of their work is documented here:

http://www.amazon.com/Films-About-Christo-Jeanne-Claude-Production/dp/1891024949/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258660177&sr=8-14

Well worth watching. Beats the stuff that is on TV, hands down.

Their website is : http://www.christojeanneclaude.net/

Running Fence and The Gates, are favorites of mine. All of their installations require untold amounts of work, planning, cooperation, details. But Running Fence, also required permission from ranchers and farmers to install the fence temporarily on their personal land. Watch the film about this one to see what happens when something literally bigger than you are, is put in place, even though it is temporary. But it is NOT temporary in the mind, as anyone can attest who has seen their work live, or even on film. I can still hear the wind, running through the fence….

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Well, it is rainy and cold here tonight in Chicago, but I am happy, because tonight is the opening of Broadsided, where one of my indigo prints is making an appearance. Alas, I cannot be there in person, as it is in Portland, Oregon, and not around the block, so to speak. But I am definitely there in spirit! All of the broadsides in the show can be seen in the catalog here: http://www.23sandy.com/

In one of the photos of the gallery, you can even see my broadside hanging on the wall! (not too hard, as the background is entirely blue)

This looks like a great little gallery and I will visit it when I get to Portland someday…

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These images are of a custom journal I was commissioned to do, for a friend’s daughter.
It is a 7″ x 9″ leather bound book with an archival longstitch binding (this means there is one thread that holds together the entire thing. You could throw this against a wall and it would still be intact, perhaps with a few bent pages, if the strap came undone.) The paper inside is Mohawk superfine, a lovely archival paper, with endsheets of handmade paper dyed with rust. The interior pages were detailed with the markings of an ethereal dragonfly who fluttered aboutIMG_0001IMG_0003 and randomly touched down on certain pages, but did not stay for long in any one place. (the dragonfly is a favorite insect of the client). The back cover contains a small envelope with one of her favorite poems, with a bit of room for a few more to be tucked in.

The first page also has an excerpt from another of her favorite poems, and an image of a dragonfly from my photography collection:

“Then listen close to me
Anything can happen, child
Anything can be…”

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