What is generosity ? Really, on a deep level. I think I am again learning this. Experiencing this. Participating in this.
This weekend I received an act of generosity . . . and it was and is both humbling and deeply meaningful.
This morning I made a cup of cappuccino in a mug that was given to me in 1975 in another act of generosity.
Fritz gathered his own clays & glazes, grew grapes, had a collection of rocks & minerals, and worked an organic garden.
He worked with his hands. And he was a generous and kind man.
Whenever you visited him he gave you something he had made with his own hands.
It’s a bit chipped and I’ve broken, given away or lost most of these over the years, but this one remains a favorite.
A place to work. A place to make. A good place really.
A new hand printed edition of forty on 236# Flurry cover, numbered 1/40 - 40/40. In three hand-mixed colors. Available in the toMake™ store. Castellar 24 pt with Bixler 18 pt ornaments in a letterpress and a hand carved stone matrix run; 6 by 9 in.
And then there has been the recent terriorists attack and loss of the alleyway flamingos.
The yellow beak’d flamingo made it to the protected area in the garden before the killing.
Busy printing an edition of 40 cards today; inside. I lost two flamingos this week to alley terriorists. Sad, they had been with the press for many years.
Put Earth First Letterpress Broadside
'Put Earth First' is a 18.5” by 25” letterpress broadside on Sakamoto kozo, hand-rubbed, copyright by Steven R Holloway, and designed & produced by toMake™ Press & Editions. Suitable for framing and making a statement about your priorities. Shipped domestic USPS Priority in a tube. S+H not included.
Meena the Cat says; “We Voted … You Lost … Now Leave.”
Meanwhile in the toMake™ studio we’re back at work.
May all living beings be well, happy and peaceful.
May no harm come to them.
May no difficulties come to them.
May no problems come to them.
May they always meet with success.
May they also have patience, courage, understanding, and determination
to meet and overcome inevitable difficulties, problems, and failures in life.
To “go viking” is to strike out on an epic adventure, unsure of what you’ll find.
On the press this week a little card with an important message to all the travelers on board.
and on the alleyway bulletin board at toMake™
Do I live my life or that of my fathers, or mothers, or society ? Finding my voice, that is the work before me.
Letterpress printed at toMake™ 100 days out on 118lb Flurry Soft White Cotton Cover, using P22 BLOX modular type (in a hand mixed P368 Green with Transparency White), and Skyline 18pt Calendar, 36pt Cloister and 24pt Castellar types (in VS195 Blue).
Available as a 5 by 6 in. card in the toMake™ Press store in bundles of five.
On the letterpress press; some reminder cards.
Help from Meena the Cat of course; transparent green using BLOX modular type.
Setting the text; ink will be reflex blue.
A dash of orange for the 3rd of November.
Final rubbing to test layout, design and kerning.
Wendell Berry speaking about the commonwealth; that which belongs to the people.
“How soon do we get to the point where we just don’t want to have a past at all?”
Limited Edition Map :: The Collapse of Memory
“You ask me what I think of so-called nature writing? I think the same thing about any beautiful writing [beautiful maps]. There is no time for it. There is time for only one thing: saving the earth. The world is being slaughtered and we need to stop it. At this point writing is beside the point: the only — and I mean only — thing that matters is to stop this culture from killing the planet. . . Everything — including beautiful writing [beautiful maps] — emerges from and is secondary to the land.”
Derrick Jensen as quoted in My Green Manifesto: Down the Charles River in Pursuit of a New Environmentalism by David Gessner.
In 1912, soon after our house was built just a few miles north, lower Miller Creek had settlers working in the valley and a schoolhouse. All this would change. Section 12 is outlined on the 1912 USGS 1:125000 map.
In 1955 lower Miller Creek was still mostly undeveloped, open field, range and habitat. . . Providing shelter for the other than human beings.
All that has changed in the ensuing years.
Miller Creek is For Sale :: $700,000 5 bedroom 4,642 sq. ft.
Edition #130 “Bearing Witness on Miller Creek” is a response to this place and this devastating loss of shelter for ‘other than human’ life; “the only — and I mean only — thing that matters is to stop this culture from killing the planet.”
The limited edition map uses six matrices; plate and stone lithography, relief and letterpress. The edition is intended for inclusion in Guerrilla Cartography’s upcoming Shelter Atlas.
Draft idea for the map uses a full sheet of Somerset Velvet 22 ½ by 30 inches with a 12 by 12 inch chine-collé on Section 12 at a mapping scale of 1:5280.
Stone matrix 4 responds to T12N R20E Section 12.
AND sometime in the early morning along the river trail east of Missoula a rockfall. Tumbling down jagged raw rocks and trees onto the trail. The ancient seabed raised and falling, breathing.
The world is interwoven, rising & falling in her breath and always in motion, connected by desire. These events . . . YA) one great interconnected moment of breathing and desire.
SATOR AREPO (available as a two-colour letterpress print) is based on the oldest datable representation of the Sator Square, found in the ruins of Pompeii. Others have been found in excavations under the church of S. Maria Maggiore in Rome, at Corinium (modern Cirencester in England) and Dura-Europos (in modern Syria). . . One likely translation is "The farmer Arepo has [as] works wheels [a plough]"; that is, the farmer uses his plough as his form of work. Though not a significant sentence, it is grammatical; it can be read up and down, backwards and forwards."
Working in the gaden :: as the Sator Square would suggest we practice, caring for what we sow.