Tuesday, October 26, 2021

The Warmth of Friends & Friends Gather

At last, some more stories about some of my work for The Red Thread. 

Starting with Friends Gather.

I had set Pauline's poem in  a small typeface, aiming once again for a layout similar to the one she uses in her book; to keep the rhythm the poem as close to the way she wrote it.

I printed it on a beautiful Japanese paper - Goyu.  It is hands down one of my favourite papers: strong and yet so light and ethereal.  I don't have much of it left, eek!

Here is the poem from behind - you can see how fine the paper is.

For the pieces called Friends Gather I printed the poem once, on differing widths of paper.  They dried and then I dipped them in the most beautifully fragrant bees wax.  It is warm as honey. And I rolled them into a scroll-form.

Inspired in my thoughts by my piece Memorial to Birds Having Flown

I gathered three scrolls together in pleasing combinations and wrapped a red thread around them. 

With The Warmth of Friends; I ended up using much longer lengths of the Goyu paper (hence why there is not much left I guess).  And I chose to print and overprint, to print the ghost prints and layer the words of the poem on top of each other.  The same process of dipping and rolling into scrolls happened next.

With these ones, I stitched the red thread into them as an anchor of sorts for the loose wrapping.

There are still some of these available for purchase (A$75ea for Warmth; A$75 for the trio of Gather), so feel free to get in touch if you'd like to work something out...


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you C - the beeswax is warm and honey-like...

  2. I usually think of wax as softening/blurring whatever imagery lies beneath, but here it seems to sharpen and define the printed text ... brilliant

    and the encircling implicit in your scrolls, simply beautiful

    1. Liz, I think the wax responds brilliantly to the goyu paper - somehow they meld and become one. The encircling, the wrapping, the enfolding...ahhh for friends who do just that.

  3. F - beautiful work - strong, fragile - a little like friendships themselves. B

    1. Yes B - warm, encircling, a little bit fragile...


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