Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Bubbling Bindery

These days I feel like I need to clone myself, 
so various me's can be at work at once. 

A bit here, 
a bit there, 
oh and can you please vacuum that, and pack those?

I admit to feeling a little overwhelmed at times, but I can only do so much with one pair of hands.

Meanwhile, I wanted to share with you some of the books I have made and sold over the last few weeks. These are enormously time consuming - each tiny detail has a story behind it; a process of its own. My studio practice is extremely slow which I struggled with for years -  but have realised over time that binding is my teacher, and I am the student. 

I know this saying 'There is always a teacher, and a student. Which one are you?'

It slows me down - allows breath, meditation, creativity and intuition to flow. The more I slow down, the more work I can do. It's a funny paradox.

Some creations here, all sold. More will be coming in the next fortnight.

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  1. The life of a maker is an art in itself, and a lot of hard work. Most don't see the behind-the-scenes blood, sweat and tears. Those things dissappear in the glories of the finished product. In the end, one sees something that seems like it was just breathed into existence, and yet...imagine the hours and years of development, the painstaking making of mistakes and learning from them, it is a real journey.

    Your work speaks volumes, Louise.
    Everytime I hold one of your journals in my hands (one of my three that I own), I feel and see it. Beautiful.

    1. Dawn your words mean so much. Thank you for taking the time to stop by. You are so right - no magic wands to be seen (perhaps they are invisible) xox

  2. Louise,
    Your work gets increasingly more beautiful with time! I find myself journaling more so I can justify buying another one of your incredible creations!
    Many Blessings.....I record all of mine in your books!

    1. Thank you so much Penny, how lovely of you to stop by! <3

  3. Louise, first of all those are AMAZING creations!

    I experience much the same effect when I slow down and accept my role as the perpetual student. I still find myself thinking of a day when I may have it all figured out. And then I shake that off knowing such a day will not come. For what would there be to do after that? :)

    I feel like my work got better by leaps and bounds when I stopped trying to push it through to meet a quota, to make some imagined deadline or time-stamp in my mind. Instead, I think of the joy the things I create will bring to others and the time spent on details, design, trial and error etc is all just part of the lessons from the "teacher".

    I recently had a discussion with someone who was thinking of getting into sculpting. They asked how long I had been sculpting before I felt I had attained some command of it. . . I told them I had been at it for over 8 years and the light seemed to go out of their eyes at that statement. "8 Years? It took you that long to master it?" I laughed and replied "Oh, I never mastered it, not even close, I'm still learning every day. . . and the sum of those 8 years is irrelevant, what matters is that I went at it almost every single day of that 8 years. One day at a time."

    And I still do!

    As a side, I was researching daily life in Victorian London not so long ago and was reminded how hard it is to put ourselves in any other time period other than our own. To read of people who woke at 2 in the morning, dressed and walked SIX miles or more to the London markets, in whatever the weather may have been, while pushing a barrow or a cart or carrying buckets or baskets full to sell their goods and then walked home again the same day, often arriving home again at 9 or 10 at night. . . and this was done 6 days a week.

    And by comparison how often I hear people today say they don't want to go to the store for something because they'd have to drive 5 minutes to get there. . . so I've decided that the book I read is another recommendation I am going to make to any young, hopeful artists I meet. Understanding the lengths people did and will go t to achieve what they need to do (and art should, at it's most potent, be a "need") We simply can't allow ourselves to be lulled by the idea of a "normal" modern work life complete with evenings weekends and factions off.

    It' an internal, unending process. . . a spirited if not spiritual practice. . . a discovery of something more. A slower pace that leads to a more attuned eye and heart.

    A deeper experience. :)

    Thank you for sharing YOUR words and thoughts, as always!

    1. Thanks so much for your words, Nicolas. Much to ponder here, and I agree with you in regards to being in a rush with most things. Our modern lives have a lot to answer for... I knew bookbinding was going to teach me alot when I started to try to bind a book by looking at another one I had. I took it apart and bound it, over and over, till the pages nearly fell to bits. I couldn't let it go, I had to keep returning to it - I would think about it when in queues waiting - it wouldn't leave me alone. So I kept returning again and again.. and I'm still here. You and I could talk for hours over these things! I always appreciate you stopping by my fellow artist friend. <3

    2. Louise, I love that you were so taken with the process and how it kept calling to you with that first book! YES!!! I get that! :) What I love most is when I think back, even now, and the truer "lessons" learned just seem so obvious though I had no idea at the time where I was going or why I was so madly pursuing them! :) Time reveals those secrets and that's one thing the modern world takes from many. . . the sense that time spent in anything is worth it and will reveal more and teach important lessons that you can't read about, can't teach and can't explain because they are individual and, I believe, quite necessary! Convenience and ease never hold the same depth. . . though I DO imagine that the difference in say, holding a handmade creation, a book like yours, versus one store-bought and mass-produced SHOULD give the bearer an insightful glimpse. It should inspire. It should shake their world to it's core. . . thats the palpable energy of devotion. The alchemy of experience, imagination and hard work. So I always have hope. :) Always. . .


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