A Little Book About Shifu and Botanical Pressure Printing

I decided that it would be nifty to have a little instruction book that was also inspirational. In preparation for teaching in Australia in 2016 I wrote a text and sent it to Carol J Blinn at Warwick Press, and she designed and printed a standard and a special edition which I took with me. I have reprinted it myself in a second, special edition which is now available. The book is covered in a printed sheet of Arches Text Wove (Velin), and includes several tipped in photographs. In the very center lives a tiny shifu square, made of lokta kami-ito, spun and woven on a stump loom by me.

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Here's a response from a happy reader! 

Thank you so much, Velma, for the delightful little book. I have toyed with botanical dying and bundling before, but tend to get fearful and drift away. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration, I shall get going again and experiment with what I have rather than what I think I should have. The kettle is waiting and the yard is growing a variety of plants to try. Again, thanks, your little book is a joy. --Susan



November, A Map

One half of a full sheet of Arches text wove (velin) cotton paper, eco/contact printed by Velma at Wake Robin. Velma's poem about November (her favorite month) was letterpress printed by Velma and Mark McMurray at Caliban Press. It was then folded and torn down into a map or meander book. It is presented in a Strathmore paper case, die cut by Mark and hand stitched by Velma with linen thread. November, A Map was printed on an antique Washington Hoe Press with by Mark with Velma's help. November, A Map, the printing journey, began in March 2016 and was completed at the autumnal equinox.

Review: Here is what Hazel wrote to me after receiving her copy:
"November, a Map" is so very beautiful.  I just finished spending some time with it.  

Aside from imagining a wandering through your autumn world, it brings to mind my life long love of Fall, memories of making similar "puzzle" books with students over the years, and how the honoring of the things we love is a poem.  I love that the words "book", "paper", "cloth", "stitch", and "thread" are in it, along with the ten tender stitches that follow the plant printed curve on the page.

It felt like a ceremony- 
first reading through it in book shape, 
opening it up on a quilt in the sunshine, to see the whole of it, and how the textures and patterns in each page connect, 
flipping it all over to see new designs and places to touch.  

It is now slipped back into its envelope (blue!), leaning near, on my desk, and shining its peaceful rich autumn moon.  

I feel enriched and grateful to have this to gaze at and hold.


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Poor (Wo)man's Asparagus

Poor (Wo)man's Asparagus is a tiny celebration about a big thing in my life as a papermaker, milkweed paper. It includes seven pages of narrative, and a sample of my first milkweed paper. That batch was gathered while I was skiing in my meadow,  the milkweed stripped and cooked in my kitchen, and made with totoro aoi that I grew here on my place. This little book was made in memory of my friend John Green who taught me about the North Country, took me hiking, and cooked up some milkweed for me to eat. Varied inks and covers, open edition.

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These are tiny soapstone carvings, from about one inch in the largest dimension to three inches. They were carved while I was teaching ELA and reading Crow and Weasel. I've given away some and these are the ones I kept. They're not quite spirit animals, but almost. It's time for them to find new homes. The prices are as follows: Bear  *SOLD*, Coyote  *SOLD*, Selkie $45, Squirrel-bird *SOLD*, Songbird  *SOLD*, Pflump (a sort of bear) *SOLD*.  Above--top left to right: Bear (sold), Pflump (sold), Coyote (sold); middle Selkie, Squirrel-bird (sold), bottom, Songbird (sold)                                                                                    Below--top left to right: Bear (sold), Pflump (sold), Coyote (sold), middle Selkie, Squirrel-bird (sold), bottom: Songbird (sold).                                          *****Update December 3rd: Still available only the Selkie*****

These are tiny soapstone carvings, from about one inch in the largest dimension to three inches. They were carved while I was teaching ELA and reading Crow and Weasel. I've given away some and these are the ones I kept. They're not quite spirit animals, but almost. It's time for them to find new homes. The prices are as follows: Bear  *SOLD*, Coyote  *SOLD*, Selkie $45, Squirrel-bird *SOLD*, Songbird  *SOLD*, Pflump (a sort of bear) *SOLD*. 

Above--top left to right: Bear (sold), Pflump (sold), Coyote (sold); middle Selkie, Squirrel-bird (sold), bottom, Songbird (sold)                                                                                    Below--top left to right: Bear (sold), Pflump (sold), Coyote (sold), middle Selkie, Squirrel-bird (sold), bottom: Songbird (sold).                                          *****Update December 3rd: Still available only the Selkie*****

Until I figure out the PayPal thing, email me if you'd like to purchase one. We can do this!   vdbolyard@gmail.com

Until I figure out the PayPal thing, email me if you'd like to purchase one. We can do this!   vdbolyard@gmail.com