Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Burning Man postcards

Belonging to the Correspondence Co-op, the Co-op was fortunate to have one of the members James Cline take our postcards to Burning Man and have them cancelled stamped from the Burning Man Post Office.  Here are my two I made for the occasion.


On August 30, 2014, Monica Lee, her sister Tracy and I bought a table at the annual Zinefest. Here Tracy and Monica are waiting to get into the San Francisco County building in Golden Grate Park..

Monica showing how to make her mini origami book.  I followed with the envelope book.
Our two books that we taught.

We had 15 students. Students came in late but these were there first.  Lily (standing) was our great helper.

Here we are at our table. M for Monica and D for Dorothy, Made in San Francisco.  Monica's sister Tracy join us. We had a great time.

Calligraphy in Blossom with Marina Soria

 Marina Soria from Buenos Aires, Argentina, through the Society for Calligraphy, came to Pasadena to inspire and pass her expertise in developing letter forms from nature and flowers. Nineteen creative participants and I were lucky to be able to take this three day workshop.  Magic happened for all of us with our brush and pen strokes using sumi ink, walnut ink, and watercolors.  By the third and last day, we all made our garden books with our developed letter forms.  Everyone was successful.

Our first letter 'd' samples, after our initial stroke practice of an ikebana arrangement.

Chris and Janet doing their pieces
Chris Ewen's

part of JanetTakahashi's beautiful efforts

Marina showing Victoria suggestions
Victoria Kibildis

Sabina Bronner and her piece

Stephanie Chao with her piece

Nancy  Kazanjian piece
Jane Kim to finish

Audrey Kincaid's piece

Michelle Cabala's beautiful texture letter forms
Carrie Imai's work in progress...

smiling Debbie Powell and Kristi Darwick

Debbie Powell's piece

Kristi working on her piece

Barbara Close's garden book

Carole Johnson's piece
Wendy Watson-Dietrick

One of Britta Brice's pieces..she made three!
This is Audry Kincaid's piece...

My book with front cover I painted and wrapped with seam binding
back cover umwrapped

my letter forms with my attempt at haiku...gold brittle grasses cracking to the earth, another broom...

opened accordian..with a verse of mine..sew a thread of golden words to weft and warp of a paper loom, spin a yarn and weave a tapestry of collected memories....
Beautiful ladies who got to play with Marina Soria.  Muchas Gracias Marina!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Honorary Award from Ruth's Table

How wonderful and honored to receive an award from Ruth's Table and a certificate of recognition from the State Senate and Senator Mark Leno.

My daughters Yukiko and Miya attended the occasion with me at Art at the Table.  It was held at the beautiful City Club (has one of the murals of Diego Rivera) with a wonderful dinner and entertainment.  This event was also held to raise funds to further benefit different forms of art to bring the community across different ages of people together.
Here are the six honorees with Ruth's Table and Bethany House executives.. Lola Fraknoi, fourth from the left, was not holding hers.

Here I am with my daughters Miya and Yukiko.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

John Stevens - Two Lines Intersecting (Interacting)

The Summer Workshop of Friends of Calligraphy had the good fortune of having master calligrapher, John Stevens give this years summer workshop at the I House on the UC Berkeley campus.  20 of us were lucky to be in it.  John passed on exercises to study lines created by us with brushes and pens...shapes-letterforms-text blocks.  All of us had varying degrees of self imposed success and failures.  I think everyone learned a lot.  I certainly did.  Not only did John give us this class, he also gave a presentation at the San Francisco Public Library. It was standing room only and was well received. He also gave time to sign his book, Scribes.
Here are a few photos from the workshop that I can post.

A practice piece of John's to test his pointed pen and paint.  The smallest sentence is only 1/16".

My attempts using flat brush and have lines intersecting or interacting...
More attempts.....

White board examples of explanation on forms of text.. but first printing with the influence of Roman Caps.

All eyes front as we went around the room for critics.

Piece I did with John's 2" brush...fun...
The accordian folio done with John's suggestions of using our first 2 line stroke statues...need to finish the text..
Only the one folio that I finished..can be seen this way or upside down...still has balance..illustration to text..

John's example of uneven alignment

Here is another great piece. I can't remember who did it.

Christina Schenk did this lovely folio
Joe Boissy had time to do the intersecting line alphabet...this is his first attempt...good! Bonnie Noehr also made time to do them and was successful, I think.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Gloria Soliz needed something for the altar at Bethany Church for Pentecost.  She liked the luminaries we made for Art At The Table, a fund raiser for Ruth's Table.  She thought they would make beautiful ones with colored paper to look like flames.  We bought marbelized paper from Flax Art Supply and began.  Since she wanted them larger, I made new templates and supports.  We also needed a tutorial for future Ruth's Table workshops and so we met at Ruth's Table and took photos and videos of the process. Tomoko Lipp and Gloria both recorded and helped make these.  I will also make a written tutorial. This is a photo of the finished products.  This is all because we had a wonderful inspiration from Aiko Cuneo and her forms for Art At The Table centerpieces.

We did variations of the three red and the two gold luminares.

Today we began by gluing two pieces of the papers to make a long sheet..I showed how to make sure the clean cut edge remains straight and the glued edges overlap nicely.

Next we determined the size of the accordian folds with what limitation the paper gave us.

Then we made the star base support.  Giving each a geometric way to do this easily.

Then the papers were accordian folded as I had learned to do it in book making.  This gives an even and straight fold.

The base of the folds were cut and a center angle fold was determined and I explained about the angle ..steeper, the straighter the folded paper stood, less steep, the fuller it can be.This angle will also determine the bottom cut of the folds that fit on the star support.

We agreed to make three stars supports, one to fit into the other. 

We finished with these 5 and Gloria was very happy.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


My rejected entry for the SCRAP recycled-repurposed art show. Not everything an artist enters is accepted in a juried show.  So many things are involved from the jurors; their personal ideas, thoughts and likes and what they think the show should exhibit.  Many disappointments and many triumphs that one cannot take as the final judgment.  It is just one show and certain judges.  From rejection, one learns humility and lessons to not give up the desire to create.  One show does not define you.
A well known writer was rejected six times before being accepted to publish and it became one of the most sold books in the world.  So, I will try again and make more art. 
This piece I made from a few of the many discarded National Geographic Magazines donated to SCRAP.  The background map of San Francisco was also found at SCRAP as well as the frame and backing boards.  The only part that was not found at SCRAP were the special pins for taxonomy bought at Paxton Gates.  The mod podge, acrylic paints and glues were also from SCRAP.


The title was made from the following the rules of taxonomy...country of origin, state, city, longitude and latitude, species, genius,  name of insect..I named this geonatgami c2s,  then the date and founder.....geonat for national geographic, gami - word for paper in japanese and part of origami, c2s for double sided gloss paper.

Close up of the spacers surrounding the piece made from the spines of the discarded National Geographic Magazines.

Each of the pages were marbelized with Citrasol, then mod podged to give them strength.  I also added paint for some of the backings to highlight the finished folds of the  pieces.  I then cut them into squares or rectangles depending on the origami fold I planned to do.  The origami folds are all different versions of the butterfly.