|the yellow garden|
The preparation of the materials used to create my books often takes up to 5-6 times the actual time of binding the book itself. It's possible I could move that scale up to 10 times for some books. When I get to the stitching stage I feel much excitement, and while stitching - nothing could disturb me; I'm lost in a mode of my own.
I had this same feeling of 'losing-myself-whilst-feeling-centered' in the darkroom. I also feel it while I'm running. I have found it again through binding however it is different as I am not working with imagery. This is something I miss every.single.day. The more I miss it, the more I crave it, and the closer I become to fully opening a door that remains slightly ajar...
Like a secret garden, down a long labyrinth, and i'm in there somewhere lost, and can't find the door.
Every day I get further along the myriad of lanes and winding roads. I just have to keep going. Don't we all?
I had a visit from my lovely sister who I have not seen for almost a year. Along with our gorgeous mother, the three of us went to see 'The Boss' live in concert, it was an absolute blast. This family time was very nurturing, and wonderful for me and I hope for her too. We tend to get so lost in our lives and at the day's end it's your family that matters the most! They love you warts and all.
So here is the yellow garden.
I've also created another batch of vintage blue stained paper - it's going to be an interesting journal and I have begun to work on the leather cover... I hope to complete this soon.