And adding Rebecca Guyver - a book that Rebecca says was an experiment - I have to say a successful one! A constructed container which acts as home for words and images.
O Henry may be partly to blame...
Just now when the whitening blossoms flare
On the apple trees and the growing grass
Creeps forth, and a balm is in the air;
With my lighted pipe and well-filled glass
Of the old farm I am dreaming,
And softly smiling, seeming
To see the bright sun beaming
Upon the old home farm.
Included was a sheet of memory writing about the photographs - here's a snippet:
How did I come to this pink house and knowing
the secret of egging hens, hedge tapestries and
black handed- walnut trees?
Rebecca - you have not helped my farm-envy AT ALL!! Many thanks for the continued correspondence XX
I have been receiving small books at quite a pace, and travelling means I have not been able to show you much lately at all! But anyway – here’s a sneak preview of what you COULD see if you ever visited the library. It would NOT be a wasted journey - I don’t know about lending though – I don’t think I could let these gems leave my sight. I visited a book owner once – I was not allowed to touch – no, I was not three at the time…
From Christopher Skinner (England) Lestaret.
The tiniest , well made palm-book I have ever seen. Palm-book meaning a very small book which fits perfectly into the palm of ones hand. 5-hole pamphlet stich binding, burnt pages that are tenderly bandaged and waxed. When Isabel threw off her cloak and knelt beside him, at the intensity of her touch he was set aflame and his ashes were scattered to the four winds. Time leaves no traces in this place.
See www.lestaret.com - AMAZING stuff!
From Lesley Magwood Fraser (South Africa)
Muriel and her three sisters.
This book was drowned in seasonal rains – in fact two were from these four - spring is a dangerous time for books…
They were descendants from The Great Alexander and Olive Margery of Dubllin. They found themselves in the Southern part of Africa in the sacred place called Bulawayo. Of course these four women were held in awe – what Irish beauty isn’t?
From Carina Granlund (Finland) – 4 Portraits.
An interesting thing a portrait.
A visual representation of a person that goes beyond the superficial. I think Carina has managed that in this tiny book – idiosyncratic and without artifice, these four portraits – I think arbitrarily chosen from an old publication are made current because of an artists quirky insightful reading.
From Janine Weiss (Switzerland) – The Secret Garden
Janine send an intensively layered little book, the fragrance of which is overpowering – like a secret garden.
There was a cry in the corridor, the little girls footsteps pounding on the wood, rushing to her secret garden. I shall live for ever and ever and ever, even though YOU cannot buy time. It will not let you for only I know The Hidden. You may not enter my secret garden.
Now that the Mail Art exhibition is on I have of course already booked the next - mad I know...
It is going to be a book exhibition. I am looking to create an encyclopedia of many volumes of A6 hard covered books. Topics of A - Z consisting of one word - for example Agoraphobia/Books/Clutter - whatever - single title books. I will OF COURSE return a book - as I owe for these above - THANK YOU!