September182014
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But for real today was the coolest, start to finish.

I got to bookbinding class, and somehow the conversation turned to natural dyeing, which turned to black walnuts (which are vastly in season right now), and when I asked my professor if I could spend the workday out looking for them not only did she say yes, she showed me her book she’d bound with walnut-dyed paper, and then emailed the head of the program to find out his method. He emailed back and offered to set up a messy workspace for us, and gave us their papermaking facility’s recipe! 

Two of my classmates and I wandered far and wide to find walnuts, which we then hulled by smashing them into the sidewalk with rocks. Then we picked them to pieces (which resulted in black/brown/green fingers), Then we boiled them, and after my letterpress class I dyed some paper. I think they ended up dyeing cloth later. My favorite part was how no one thought we were insane or weird and just said “oh yes there are paintbrushes” and “here is the dye pot”. 

After my evening class, I invited two people over to make pickles and ricotta, which turned into pickles, ricotta, bread, olive oil/garlic, caramelized onions, roasted garlic/shallots, and pasta with onion, tomatoes, squash, etc. And tea. One of them brought her one-eyed dog. They just left at almost midnight. 

So essentially everything is as it should be. 

September172014
with-grace-and-guts:

absinthemindedswede.vsco.co

with-grace-and-guts:

absinthemindedswede.vsco.co

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11AM
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Weird kids doing weird stuff. For class.

Weird kids doing weird stuff. For class.

5AM
modfarm:

Alert: A Cow Is Wandering Through The Boston SuburbsTo all Modern Farmer readers in the southwestern suburbs of Boston: please keep an eye out for cows.

modfarm:

Alert: A Cow Is Wandering Through The Boston Suburbs

To all Modern Farmer readers in the southwestern suburbs of Boston: please keep an eye out for cows.

September162014

bookpatrol:

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library

There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.

Thanks to Sarah Peters the contraption above is open for business on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. Designed by Molly Reichert the 8 foot structure will hold upwards of 80 books for water travelers to peruse and check out.

Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, rowboats, or even inner tubes are invited to paddle up to the Library and browse the shelves from inside their watercraft. The library has both circulating and reference collections of artists’ books contributed by artists nationwide. A staff of friendly floating librarians facilitate the check out process and make reading suggestions

There are even drop off boxes on the shore to return the books.

About the project, Peters told the Minneapolis Star Tribune “Art books are not a widely known art form..And so there’s an element of delight and surprise. First of all, canoeing along and coming across a library. And then having it stocked with books that are totally unique. It’s like this double whammy of inventiveness. It can expand people’s ideas of what art is.”

True enough but it could also ruin a lot of those unique books. Granted one cannot enter the library but the confluence of books and water rarely ends well.

Perhaps a shore-based library by the landing dock could have achieved the goal of exposing people to the pleasures of book arts and artists books without  the high risk. But then again maybe the reward is in the risk.

Story at the Star Tribune: The land of 10,000 lakes now has a floating library 

Floating Library website

Flickr set of the Floating Library, 2013

h/t Shelf Awareness

(via libraryadvocates)

11AM
goldenerasuits:

Blacksmith with horseshoes, ca.1930

goldenerasuits:

Blacksmith with horseshoes, ca.1930

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5AM

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September152014

I am the luckiest. I stumbled onto some just very cool and interesting people at grad school. Two of them were tweeting at me all day, which made me smile all over, another one went to a late night drag show with me last night, and another group is VERY invested in going to EVERY book arts and library lecture that comes along. 

I’m the happiest. 

5PM

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5AM

themadeshop:

Nothing better than designing typography in tile. When you finish it already feels like it’s been around for 50 years. And hopefully it’ll be around for at least 50 more.

September142014
Morning Show.

Morning Show.