Saturday, January 2, 2016

Dec. 2015

I started out the new year by finishing a project that I've been dreaming and working on for months. It's a combination of bookbinding, weaving and koyori (Japanese paper cord).

Most of Dec., I've been visually impaired due to impending cataract surgery.  First I had to wear my coke bottle glasses (extremely nearsighted) for 3 1/2 weeks.  It was disconcerting, since I had no depth perception. Then one eye was fixed, and I was lopsided for 2 weeks. My poor brain!  Then the 2nd eye, and now, 5 days later, almost perfect.

So needless to say, it was a difficult month for completing artwork.  Doing ceramics helped, and I could weave items that didn't require a lot of detail work.

For my book, 8 Paper Moons, I've used paper cord that I spun by hand, or with an electric drill.  (If you want to know more about this process, I'm teaching a workshop in Portland, OR. very soon.

I tried a variety of weaving techniques and lots of leftover paper cords.  The cover is birch bark.  Photos of some of the moons follow.  The closure cord is also paper cord, and the rabbit is a special addition.  In Japanese folklore, there is a rabbit on the moon, instead of our man on the moon.  This rabbit bead was in my mom's collection.  I don't remember if I gave it to her or not.  (She collected miniature rabbits.)

title page

Woven right onto the paper

  I wove this moon on a little circle loom first.

Moon woven onto the paper

Woven on a circle loom

Right side is tapestry weaving


  1. Glad your eyes are recovering. Love this work!

  2. donna, i am glad to hear that your precious eyes are better. the book is quite fine, well done!

  3. Your work is truly inspiring. Especially so with all the vision challenges you have had to deal with. Good luck with your eye surgery.

  4. Thanks, for your comments! I'm doing much better now!

  5. Very inspiring, Donna, beautiful and joyful to look at.

  6. Thanks, Debra! I appreciate your feedback!