Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Found Poetry Scroll no.1

I'm experimenting with yet another method for presenting the found text poems as objects and will finish this little scroll up properly and have it for sale in my shop in the next day or so.  It's made with cut words sandwiched with bits of teabag on a 2" wide length of Japanese paper adhered with teabags.  The poem came from a children's book from many decades ago that is filled with a variety of stories that include multiple choice vocabulary reviews throughout.  I selected the words from one of these creates quite the whimsical poem!  Enjoy!

To investigate is to 
run frantically
saunter     backward    forward
scamper    walk     run
To wallow means
to wail.
Calico is a kind of

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Love And Reasons (March 23, 2011)

and possibly
Instead of is
it could be
every day again
and a little sad,
lovely silent

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A New Conclusion to Conclusion!

Hi Everyone....I'm getting quite behind schedule these days and am having a hard time, it seems, even getting one poem done each week.  But, since I'm already a day late, I thought I might show you how last week's poem evolved.  Since the actual poem only occupied the bottom half of the page, I thought it would be a good opportunity to keep going with the piece to see what would happen.  So, I dipped it in beeswax and collaged a couple of elements on...a stamped dragonfly on a teabag dipped in beeswax and a cut circle fragment from a printout of an old family photograph from the 1940s.  Both are hand sewn to the page...enjoy!  More views of this piece are available here. Actually, all the poem are from this year are available for sale in my Etsy shop MissouriBendStudio...enjoy!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Conclusion (March 2, 2011)

Poem reads:

we know
what little we know
driven to act the clown
with one side weak
and the other strong

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Guest Feature: Phillipa England

I'm just a day behind with my plan to feature a guest poet here at MissouriBendPaperWorks, as I usually do this on the first of the month!  But I'm here to introduce Phillipa England whose tiny poetry reels I find delightful. I saw these a short time ago in her Etsy shop Feltathome and thought I'd introduce them to you here on the blog...I contacted Phillipa and she has graciously given a bit of background on how she came to make these little reels!

I have a love of old and found things. I love to think about the 'fingerprints' each item carries......the life it's led, the owners it has served. Each has a story to tell but will carry its secret forever...long after it has left our hands. I had a few old wooden cotton reels given to me and knew that they would transform into a piece of artwork when the time was right. They sat & waited. Then one day I found their purpose. Coupled with some beautifully aged ribbons I had and some cloth covered buttons, I wrote a few words of poetry and transferred them to the ribbon. In wrapping the ribbon around the reel, the message became a secret whisper meant only for the 'intended one'. My poetry is sporadic and usually inspired by my own life's happenings and emotions. The one shown here was inspired by my Grandparents. When my Grandfather died (with whom I was very close) my Grandmother's heart was sad. These words are how I imagine she felt when they could no longer be together.

Tomorrow I'll be back with a weekly found text poem post of my own and that will get us back on track!  Hope you are having a fine start to the month of March!