Welcome to On a Paper Road!
It’s the New Year, and the beginning of a new decade – an auspicious time indeed to reflect and take stock of the past year, and think about next steps. Am I living in sync with what matters to me? Are there things I can let go that are draining my time and creativity? Refining choices is hard, but accepting that we can no longer ‘do it all’ is a step or two along the path of authenticity, and that feels good.
Letting this process unfold has shown that my old love of paper and book arts is beckoning. There’s so much to revisit and enjoy here: origami, paper sculpture, linoleum block printing, my love of Ukiyo-e and Japanese woodblock prints, haiku, photography – where slowing down to the speed of noticing is a good thing. On a Paper Road mixes together all these elements, and more, along with making traditional bound books, artist books and of course, little ‘democratic multiples’ to sell and trade.
On a Paper Road is a play on three things: the fact that a paper road runs alongside our house here in Bath, that our lives unfold one step at a time and often on unexpected paths, and Japanese haiku poet Basho’s lovely account of a five month journey called The Narrow Road to the Interior.
I look forward to walking this paper road with you.
My first event for On a Paper Road is the Book Arts Bazaar at USM, Sunday April 5, 10-3