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Surprise Packages

I received in the mail today a lovely surprise: a letter and a gift from The Folio Society.

I write to express my warmest thanks for your support of The Folio Society.  We do hope you are enjoying the editions you’ve ordered this year.  As one of our most valued members in North America, your enthusiasm for our books is especially important to us.

We wish to express our gratitude in a tangible way and are pleased to enclose a gift of special edition Folio [letterpress] notecards, each one featuring a different quotation from Shakespeare.

(We needn’t dwell on their sense that I am one of their most valued members in North America.  I’m quite certain that my bibliophilia is not in the least extraordinary.  At least it’s not shoes, at least it’s not shoes, at least it’s not shoes…..)

But, honestly, there could be no more fitting a gift of thanks than a set of letterpress cards on deliciously heavy stock.  I’m thrilled to have received them.

Thank you, Folio Society.  Long may you reign as quality publishers of covetable books.

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Personalized Cards

found on etsy

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Miniature Books

found on etsy

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Here is a marvelous Ted Talk by Béatrice Coron, a paper cutting artist.

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I happened to catch this movie on PBS on Sunday night, and I have been haunted by the images and the information ever since. 

art by Chris K. Palmer

Vanessa Gould’s film Between the Folds is about origami and the myriad ways in which artists and scientists have worked within its tradition, pushed its boundaries and even adapted it for practial use in the sciences.  The rule is to fold a square piece of paper and to create a three-dimensional form only by folding, no scissors, no tape, no glue.  You will be astounded to see how wonderfully various the responses to those parameters are. 

I love paper.  I get giddy in paper stores.  I lived in Japan for two years, and although I never got the hang of origami, I came home with a suitcase full of Japanese paper.  I learned to make books from washi and chiyogami, and I took what I learned and adapted it to other purposes: a paper quilt, memory boxes, photo frames.  This film has become part of my magpie paper collection.  Art that stirs the soul.

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