My interest in book arts has led me develop skills in other kinds of crafts, as well. Paper, pigments, cloth, and wood are all elegant and sensuous materials that have captivated me. They call out to be massaged and informed with new meanings. A beautiful book requests the courtesy of being stored in a lovely box to protect it and give it an enduring home. A piece of driftwood pleads to be saved from the storm surge and restored to its inherent holiness. Cuts of fine lumber whisper 'touch me, shape me' as they display their grain like ephemeral veils blowing in the wind. Walking down a forest path I see a twisted branch. It has been waiting years for someone to notice it's beauty and immortalize it as a border design. Indeed, I am surrounded by voices and patterns that cry out to be elevated into art and displayed in fine craft.

And so I have listened and obeyed....


Illustrations for The Song ov Elmallahz Kumming