Storing scrolls in ancient Rome from A History of Reading by Canadian author Alberto Manguel.
January 2002- Issue 9
Happy New Year!
Well, here I am, late again.... I'm trying to make New Year's resolutions and I'm not having any luck! I'm already a failure! :-)
An online group I have the honour to be part of has been talking about creative "daily practices" tied in to New Year's Resolutions (some of you already know all this or, ahem, even brought up the topic!). Some members are planning small daily collages on 3x5 cards, others to practice lettering everyday (something I used to do...), some to write in their journals. I think this is a brilliant idea! Any takers from this group? Let me know if you're up to the challenge and how it's going!
Before I can even think about that kind of thing I have to clean up! I can tell I'm getting old by the amount of stuff I have. I want to try everything, every technique and toy! - and I have so much trouble organizing all this stuff. So I guess this boils down to is the Year of Organization. Doesn't sound very creative does it? But it could certainly be a daily practice....
I've heard that it takes 12 weeks of "doing" to make something a habit (hmm, I thought that was to help break a habit.... oh, sorry that was 12 steps..!). So, if I can stay organized for 12 weeks it'll be a habit? Anyone want to test me on that? This reminds me a bit of that fellow Oprah had on her show. He wrote a book about making just one change and how small changes can greatly affect your life. Now, do you think I can find any more information about him right now...? Sigh.
Well I hope this year brings you new creative challenges and that perhaps a daily creative practice might flame new passions (artistic, please!) and improve your abilities!
I look forward to seeing you in classes and online this year. All my best!
and I promise to add more graphics next month....
I have added a printable general supply
list for bookbinding classes to my website. Click
here to see it!
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Alphabet Tag Swap
Seventeen inspired artists are poised to create fabulous tag art for our Alphabet Soup Tag Swap. The letters have been assigned and my creativity heat sensor has pinpointed 17 spots across North America where tags are being made at this very moment. Right? The tags are due to me by Jan 30, but any time before that is just fine, too!
This is just too much fun!
My friend Cathie has this website that is sure to bring cheer to the dreary days of January.
First let me tell you a little bit about Cathie. When I first met her she was working in the University of Victoria library as the Telex operator. At home she was extremely creative making wonderful stuffed animals, exquisite embroidery and quilts. (Cathie has really classy taste) By day our cheery heroine with the conservative demeanor continued at UVIC as an admin. assistant in the School of Child & Youth Care. By night, our wicked genius poured over books about learning HTML in 7 days and in March '95 hatched her first website.
Back then most website were academic in nature (yawn here) and she noticed there was no central humour directory. Thus was born the Centre for the Easily Amused. (trumpet fanfare here)
Popularity for the site grew (click, click, click...). I guess she knew she really had something good when Netscape put her site in What's Cool on their start page. One small problem.... her server couldn't handle the traffic and it was constantly crashing! (snicker - I love success stories like this!)
As time went on she began incorporating more articles and graphics and the site received more and more attention. Four years ago she sold the site to Uproar, but remained the creative genius. She left UVIC for a full time salary (overnight becoming a thousandaire - her expression!) and a staff (plus perks, like flying monthly to New York). She had a weekly mailout to over 40,000 subscribers.
Alas, Uproar was bought last year by the nasty corporates and the beloved Amused.com site is no longer the same. They denied Cathie's request to return the name to her and no amount of corporate wrangling could reclaim Cathie's birthright (or something like that....).
Now Cathie, proudly wearing her tiara and feather boa, is on to her new venture www.sillybuddies.com
Her site is a family site, but you may occasionally find warnings of a naked bottom... Make sure you get on her mailing list - her newsletter has a selection of quick jokes and links that you can pick and choose from. It's guaranteed to produce a mid-winter snicker!
To get more details go to my website Calendar of Events page. Use the back button on your browser to return here.
starting Feb 6 Port Alberni Beginning Calligraphy and Continuing Calligraphy for Parks and Recreation. Six week class. Tuesday evenings 7 - 9 p.m. To register please call (250) 723-2181 after January 3, 2002.
Feb 9 Port Alberni Instant Letters Parks and Recreation
Feb 16 Courtenay Beginning Calligraphy North Island College
Mar 2 Port Alberni Charmers Parks and Recreation
April 6 Victoria Artistís Journal in a Day Fairbank Callig.Soc.
April 13 Courtenay Instant Letters North Island College
May 4 Port Alberni Spring Craft Fair P.A. Athletic Hall
May 25 Kelowna
Focus on Foundational Kelowna Calligraphers
New! Early June Vancouver to be announced Westcoast Calligraphy Society
For more information about ARTwerx, see the last
issue of byhand or click on the logo above to go to the website.
What is a 'zine?
'Zine is short for personal magazines. They are magazines or pamphlets
one publishes oneself and may be hand-drawn or computer-generated, full
of writing or artwork or both. 'Zines are produced out of a passion for
the subject rather than for profit. They are usually reproduced at a copy
center and have some sort of inclusions. They are really a labour of love
and I applaud anyone with the kind of energy and drive needed to produce
one. I think I will talk more about this next month....
Books to Inspire
I promise next month this column will be about a book! But now I'd like to tell you about a 'zine that I've found - or it found me....(if you are unfamiliar with the concept of 'zines read my little blurb at the bottom of the other column). In the fall I sent away for a copy of ARTitude zine. Now, as far as I know, you won't find this on the news stand, so you should check out their website.
ARTitude is the combination of two very talented ladies, Helga Strauss, who lives in Victoria and Suzanne (Suz) Simanaitis, a Californian. They met online during a tag art swap. Here is how they describe their publication:
ARTitude Zine is a printed art publication filled with artwork, essays, projects, tips of the trade and useful information, delivered in a fun and funky format. We explore assemblage, altered books, collage, rubber stamping and much, much more! Artitude is our zine title and manifesto. We feel that we all have talent. The artist exhibiting in the gallery doesn't necessarily have better talent or skill than the rest of us, but he or she has plenty of confidence. So, this zine is about getting your artwork out into the public eye, and building confidence in your work and in yourself.
Audacity, baby. ARTitude.
Now, who can resist that line?!
Last month we looked at document corners as bookmarks. Well, as life would have it, someone suggested merely cutting off the corners of an old envelope, et voila, a bookmark! I think I still like the idea of having the template, so that it's flat to decorate, but this is definitely worth mentioning!
Another tip sent in by Marilyn in Courtenay, is to use a serger threader for threading difficult jobs. Mine cost $3 Cdn plus taxes.
& Ginny sent me a dental floss threader which
is a loop made of thin plastic and available at the pharmacy - they assure
me it is a great bead threader! I'll bet the price is right, too.
Thanks for these tips, ladies! I need all the help I can get!
For those who will or have taken the Coptic Stitched Hardcover Journal class, let me tell you about something I clued in to.... You know how the wax on the linen thread can sometimes look white? Well, it annoyed me, so I took my heat gun to it (I'm sure a blow dryer will work) and gave the stitching a quick shot of heat; the wax melted and the thread showed it's wonderful colour. I'm happy.....!
I'd be delighted to receive your favourite tips for inclusion here - we can all learn from them and probably save someone - like me - frustrations!
For those of you who have taken the Coptic
Stitched Class, you may still acquire waxed linen thread from me.
It is $0.50/yard.
Here is a list of the colours I current have in stock:
It takes two yards of thread to complete the book as we made it.
I have put together some sewing cradles for sale as some of you have been asking for them. They are not things of great beauty, but really, really handy for when you have a lot of holes to pierce. They are large enough for an 8.5" spine length and are $20Cdn (or $15US -new price!- to the States) shipping included. Email me if you can't live without one! I will try to bring these to classes so you can see them in person!
If there is any information you would like to see in this newsletter,
let me know. Each month I will email you to let you know the new issue
is published. If you know someone who would like to receive notice of
byhand, just have them email me and I
will put them on the list. Bye for now and thanks for visiting!
The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink.