Slow Art, Some Lettuce and a Tangerine – San Francisco

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Foods have a special significance during Chinese New Year because of the way the Chinese word for it sounds. The Cantonese word for lettuce sounds like rising fortune, it is common to serve a lettuce wrap filled with other lucky food. Tangerines and oranges are passed out during Chinese New Year as the words for tangerine and orange sound like luck and wealth.

http://chinesefood.about.com/od/chinesenewyear/a/symbolicnewyear.htm

Slow Art relates to creating art in a slow way. This practice is about being mindful of detail, valuing the history inherent in re-usable materials, putting time into creating small items. The practice encourages the maker to be naturally meditative as they create. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_Movement

Early in the morning I decided to write some thank you notes.

Why not make  original drawings of items bought at the Farmer’s Market the day before?

While propping them up on the table to review,  the sun came up – gorgeous light!

I ran to get my camera. Here is the result.

A very productive day and it was only 7 o’clock in the morning.

I kept a dozen drawings with the thought of printing notecards.

Maybe they are the beginning of an Artist’s Book.

Where shall I get them printed?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Zellig, an Artist’s Book – Morocco

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In Morocco, moushrabiyas or geometrical screens keep Muslim women hidden from view. These screens allow women to observe their surroundings without themselves being seen.

When making an Artists’ Book with this beautiful young lady, I asked her in sign language if she had some scissors. She took me to her room where she flicked on the TV. A static zig zag pattern filled the screen. The room was set up for her family, three outfits hung on rope across one corner of the room. We tore the sheet of paper, folded it and sewed it together with a piece of thread we found. I wondered what this girls’ future was going to be. This idea was the impetus for my book.  Zellig, also spelled Zellige, is a collage of patterns making up the tile decoration in Morocco. When making the book I used a collage of my work made up of my poems, paintings, drawings and photography.

Iris printing, on Somerset 175 gram soft white, by Urban Digital Color.

Typography and letterpress printing by Norman Clayton One Heart Press.

A limited edition of twenty copies and three artists proofs
Bound by John DeMerritt, Emeryville.
Copyright by Carla Trefethen Saunders
San Francisco, California 2000 $750.00

Zellig   2000

Limited edition of 20 with 4 artist’s proofs

Letterpress, iris prints, vellum UV Ultra 11 white, Somerset 175 gram soft white,

Rives heavyweight buff and Lamili Lokta paper

Images and poems by the artist

Original drawing

8 x 8 inches

This book is in the following collections:

F.W. Olin Library, Special Collections, Mills College
Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, Artist’s Book Collection, La Jolla, California
Private Collections
Zellig is for sale on Amazon.com