Saturday, September 25, 2010

Etsy Shop is here!

As promised, Petite Cabbage Press's ETSY shop is now open!

Find it here:
Petite Cabbage Press (the shop)


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bookmaking Classes Head to Japan


Tomorrow I will be teaching the first children's bookmaking class of the fall at Green Bean Books on Portland's Alberta Street!

I hope everyone has settled into a new school year and is ready for some after school bookmaking! The fall line-up includes six structures from six countries. First up: Japan.

After reading a popular folk tale and looking at some calligraphy, we'll take our own brushes and ink and try our hand at drawing and writing with these traditional (albeit child safe and washable!) tools. We'll use our newfound skills to fill a "Book of Great Happiness," a book made of separate pages with a single hole punched into them that are strung on a ring.

These books are based on shop record-keeping books used in ancient Japan. These books were used for inventory: keeping track of what the shop had sold and how much money it had made that day. The books hung in clear sight by the shop's door (I like to think that the "Happiness" part of their nickname, "Book of Great Happiness," is about the joy in a hard days work and in supplying the community with items it needed rather than just the money!) In our books, we will draw pictures and write words (and some Kanji characters, perhaps?) of things that make us happy. The ring that the pages hang from makes it perfect for hanging on our own bedroom doors: maybe to sneak a peek at when we are having a "no-good, very bad" day? (to quote everyone's favorite grumpy literary character, Alexander!)

3:30 p.m.! See you there!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A (Semi) Daily Painting

acrylic on panel, September 2010, 4" x 4"

Friday, September 17, 2010

A (Semi) Daily Painting

acrylic on panel, August 2010, 5" x 7"

This painting may not be new, but it's a good one to post in honor of my soon-to-be niece's third birthday today!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A (Semi) Daily Painting

acrylic on panel, September 2010, 5" x 7"

($75 with custom made white shadowbox frame. Please contact for purchase.)

Cause all the cool kids paint alphabet blocks.

And yes, the letter colors are wrong with my synaesthesia.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A (Semi) Daily Painting

acrylic on panel, September, 2010, 8"x8"

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Sauvie Island Interlude

Beautiful days like this in Portland are to be taken advantage of in the late summer and fall, before the long rainy (but still kind of awesome) winter.

Day trip to Sauvie Island, 10 miles north and half a world away from Portland.

We also saw some wild pheasants. That was neat. And some farm-raised pheasants at the Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch.

Also grabbed some sweet potato butter at the Pumpkin Patch. We'll see how that goes. Anyone ever had it? What does one put it on?

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A (Semi) Daily Painting

acrylic on panel, 4" x 4", September 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Cereal books

Making these should keep me busy for a while (and some people think I eat too much cereal!) Comb-bound mini notebooks, hopefully to make their debut at the OCAC book arts sale this fall. I'm just so drawn to miniatures... wonder what that means under psychoanalysis?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Between the Leaves

I think I need to meet the person who had my latest library book before me and take them out for coffee. And then we could proofread the coffee menu together.

A kindred editing spirit is almost as good as the surprise I got in my library book in June (below). (Recognize the book? It's Water for Elephants!)

Yet another reason to love the library. Anyone else ever find any good surprises in a used book or a library book?

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's On: Books from Around the World

It's official! I will be teaching a set of six bookmaking classes at Green Bean Books on Alberta St. this fall for Portland area kindergardeners and first graders. Classes start September 23 and continue every other Thursday through December 2.

The theme? Bookmaking from around the world! We'll explore ancient and contemporary storytelling structures hailing from six continents. From palm leaf books to Ethiopian wishing scrolls, our creations may challenge our ideas of what a book can be--but help us realize that storytelling, and bookmaking, are practices that link us all.

Here's a sneak peek at our take on the palm leaf book, a structure that has been used for centuries in several Southeast Asian and Pacific Rim areas from Tibet to Indonesia. Traditionally, the books contain spiritual passages, poems, mantras, and sacred writings--matters of calm importance. We'll fill ours with images and words of import in our own lives.

First image courtesy of Green Bean Books, of course!