These are a few of my favourite things. Parcels and books, boxes and bundles, sticks and stones, or stacks and piles of anything for that matter .... all tied up with string. Or tied up with ribbon ....or wire .... or whatever will serve the purpose.
Winter Pressings by Mary Ellen Long. These wrapped scroll forms hold gatherings found at the "burial" site.
"Each year before the first snowfall, I lay paper of various sizes and forms on the earth. This paper becomes buried under the winter snows to then be harvested in the spring. This ritual documents the passage of time and the amount of snowfall that particular winter. This method is a little like printmaking with nature - the earth being the plate and the snow being the press." - Mary Ellen Long
Language Bound by Mary Ellen Long
Whilst trying to decide which images to post I asked myself why I was attracted to each piece. What was it about each piece that spoke to me? And then I remembered a poem I had read on Paper and Word by Chris Gray.
What can I know of these things?
Many things appear to me strange and wondrous
Remnants of times past
Yet speaking to my soul
In an unknown language
That I seem to understand.
Chris Gray 2006
Rapt Rocks by Nancy Neva Gagliano. See Neva's blog, here
I was thrilled to find these amazing wrapped rocks by Nancy Neva Gagliano.
" .... some are wrapped with their own sort of fossils, and silk/waxed linen threads, silver or copper wire, various papers. the latest rocks also are wrapped and then waxed." - Nancy Neva Gagliano
Rapt Rocks by Nancy Neva Gagliano
Beautiful images of aged papers, stacked, collaged or painted on Linda's blog, here.
Qirky little clay parcel made by Don Madden. Visit Don's blog, here.See post about the parcel inside Peevay's head, here.
Textile art by Chris Gray. See Flickr photostream, here and textile art blog, here.
Package 2 by Jeane Myers. See photostream here. Website, here.
Jeane Myers is a warm and generous artist who shares her process and progressions on her blog. A progression can involve anything from hacking and ripping an old painting in two .... or three, scratching, scraping and wiping off layers of paint, adding this, adding that, stomping on it, throwing it out into the rain, rescueing it after a few days, turning it upside down, reworking it and ..... quite frankly my heart can't take it, but Jeane has taught me to loosen up and have fun while making art. Go and see for yourself!