The Book Maker

Patent model for inking apparatus for printing presses National Museum of American History

If you are curious about linotype printing, here is a wonderful gem of a video about the printing and binding techniques of fine arts book printer, and master craftsman, Chad Pastotnik.

No Garden, But a Book Emerges

~February 2021~ Update
Well, the gardening did not go as planned. I was unable to get ripe goat manure and good top soil to start my little 4 x 7 ft. garden. I did manage to start rooting some fruit trees like mango, pear (avocado), lime and orange indoors. These I transplanted a few weeks ago. Hopefully they will thrive. What also did not go as planned is that instead of ending my Jamaica series with the Falmouth book (not yet available for sale as I am still hand-stamping them), my grocery shopping excursions steered me to create a book about the Chinese in Jamaica and their grocery store, corner shop trade. Here is a photo I took in the town of Duncans, not too far from Falmouth. It is what the Chinese corner stores looked like when I was growing up on the island in the late 1960s.

Here are some rudimentary sketches that may end up in my new book:

~September 2020~
Don’t laugh when I say I am creating a 4 x 7 ft. garden. This will be my first foray into no dig gardening and too, I am starting the garden right in the middle of the hurricane season. I have not been back on the island of Jamaica in many years so I will have to figure out what to plant when, and in which section of the garden to plant different kinds of vegetables, flowers and trees. This is why I am starting out with a 4 x 7 ft. garden bed. I have loaded myself down with seeds and will start first with an edible garden. If this no dig garden goes according to plans, a 4 x 7 ft. garden will give me more than I can eat by myself! I hope to source some calalloo and scotch bonnet seeds to include in my garden and will visit the local 4H Club to see what I can find. Stay tuned!

Silent Hare Studios, Greetings

UPDATED 9/7/2020

Dear Readers,

Thank you for your interest in my writings and happenings and for visiting my site from time to time. I should have updated my home page a long time ago and let you know that I am making great progress and strides in my art and so, have reverted to writing only on my new artist’s Website. There will be a type of blog there when I begin posting about my Jamaican seaside garden in September/October.

All the best,

-Kay R.

Duppies & American Indians, Huh?

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Duppy,” mixed media on linen, 11 x 14 in. 2015

My next door neighbor is about 85 years old. She loves the piece above, called Duppy. I explained that it is based on my childhood imagining of what a duppy would look like.  “What’s a duppy?” My best explanation is that it is akin to what Americans would call the boogie man or a  very scary ghost. Her response to that? “We were afraid of Indians.”

Wildflowers and Such

Here is “Discus Thrower,” the first lino carving to come out of my new studio. And, the seeds for these plants were sown sometime around mid-April. Today, June 30th, and just look at them! Some will undoubtedly show up in my art.

thumbnail1 blue flower2 blue flower close up3 pink flower

4 pink flowers, white flowers and cow5 white flowers and cow in the sun6 long view of small porch7 wonder what color this sunflower will be

Setting up my New Studio

A lot of thought goes into setting up your studio. So far, I’ve laid down a floor cloth (hand painting/stenciling with chalk paint in progress) to catch paint messes, set up my standing easel, and figured out the best place for my table (where I’ll be drawing and making hand-made prints). Outside my windows is a lovely view of a farm with many cows out to pasture, the Tassajara Hills and directly behind them, Mount Diablo.

 

 

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