Wednesday, April 13, 2011

I am a Part of all that I have met

I remember that line from a poem that I had to study so long ago...I was thinking about it when I was making this composition.  Sometimes inspiration comes in little wee bits and not as an entire concept.  That is the story behind this little book. 

It's about 3" by 3", so rather small as far as journals go, but I have found that the larger ones are a bit cumbersome to make. I am afraid the clay might not withstand the larger flat size without some sort of wire interior, so I tend to make the books smaller these days.  Lately, most of my books do not exceed 5 inches in any one dimension.   I realize that is not ideal for their intended eventual use, but sometimes we have to deal with the 'dictates of the medium'.  (Or that is what my friend who believes in crystal ball reading tells me, lol)

This book may appear rather bland, but it does have a lot of 'background' to it.  The central focal part is an impression made from a block I carved with a v-gouge.  My v-gouge is not the normal type, but rather an ancient nib pen holder that I salvaged from my calligraphy supplies.  It feels so comfortable in my hand because I have used it for so many years. (It takes direction better than the holder they sell!!) The crevices in the carving contain a bit of powdered gold material.....not the usual Pearl Ex or even Fimo Pulver...this powder has a history that goes back farther than that.  When my Dad was alive, he did a lot of painting and when I had to clear out all the items from my parents' house several years ago, I found three vials of gold pulver he must have used in mixing his paints.  Of course I knew exactly what to do with that material.  Those three vials will probably last my lifetime and beyond.  I don't think I've used more than a few drachms (do they still use that measuring unit???) in my clay work.  A little certainly does go a long way. I am wondering if it is actually gold pulver or mica.  Ah well, I am not going to have it assayed, lol.  On the inner linings of the book, I used a neat texture from what I figure is a type of sanding tool.  It is made of metal (rusted because it's so old) and it produces little irregularly-shaped holes when it is impressed in the clay.  Hard to imagine, but a truly lovely earthy texture!  I picked that tool up at a Patio Sale for 25 cents...It has proven to be one of my most treasured texture-making materials.  The back cover, (not visible here, lol) is of a setting Arizona sun...the sunsets there are so beautiful.  And the patience it took to make the book?  Well, thankfully I inherited that from my Mother, who was extremely gifted in making so many things. 

I suppose all my creations could use the same title; they're all a little snippet of this, a fragment of that, a smidge of something else and thankfully, it all comes out in the end, even with no preconceived idea of the direction I am headed in.  Sometimes ya just gotta go with your intuition!!!
I just went and reread the poem Ulysses, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who originally penned it.                      

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