Inking up!

Inking up!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My week in Los Angeles

Arrived on Monday, April 17th, as a guest in a beautiful Mission style house built in 1926. 

Hand crafted details throughout.

Tuesday, April 18th I taught 5th graders about color, emotion, and the senses 
through rubbings we made using shapes and crayons.

After class I headed to the Craft & Folk Art Museum. 
They are hosting a great book arts show as well as a gallery of Iranian artists. 

Wednesday I spent much of the day at the Getty Museum. 
Loved that concrete poetry exhibit! 
(I only took pictures of flowers.)

And then the Fowler Museum which has an excellent group of shows at the present.

Thursday it was back to school, to make rubbings with crayon and ink

as well as printing from wood and metal type. 

We designed faces and landscapes (for the most part).

Friday I spent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
This is from Monsoon: Indian paintings of the Rainy Season.
I also saw Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso, 
The Inner Eye: Vision and transcendence in African Arts
and Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause.
This last was remarkably powerful. 

The evening wrapped up with the Craft in America "Nature" 
episode premier on PBS.
I was on Cloud 10 when I went to bed. 

Saturday was a print action for Earth Day at the 
Craft in America Center.
Here I am with Katherine Ng and Gaye West.
Anyone that wanted could come in and print on two 
presses I drove down to L.A. in my trunk. 
It was a very fun time meeting so many lovely people.

The next morning it was time to head home. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Re-Fashioning Identity

Thanks to the University of Puget Sound community I am taking part in this project introduced to us by Diana Weymar who creates inspiring collaborative community stitch projects.

This is due the end of next week, so I must get stitchin' to finish. (Binder paper lines provided, the rest is up to me.)

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Craft in America has posted a one minute promo video - catch it here! I don't know what to say. Bill and I feel very overwhelmed by this grace all over again. The episode airs April 21st on PBS!

Monday, January 2, 2017

To the Nightland

To the Nightland is my newest artist book and will be one of the pieces I talk about in my presentation on Saturday, January 14th, at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (3pm) in the auditorium.  

I am appreciating the slowness of sewing book texts, adding bits of lace and beads, finding ways to use all the pieces I've been hoarding for decades, as well as new ways to present a story. I am deeply indebted to Melissa Frykman-Thieme for making the heart around which inspired the design of To the Nightland. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Catherine Alice Michaelis: Imprinted & Unbound

 Pressure printed clothing, including my baby brother's little 
blue outfit and Bill's grandmother's christening dresses. 

 My unofficial autobiography . . . Sola.

Lots of eco-printed paper! 

My show is half over at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. It's been a thrill every day I am there to meet and interact with patrons and staff. I could not imagine a more kind or caring group of people to work with. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Monday, October 3, 2016

Early October Eco-Printing in the Garden

We  got in some eco printing on very large pieces of paper this weekend. 

I felt like I was making a very large bouquet of flowers 
and wrapping them up to go. So fun.

It's always finger crossing time once they go into the vat. 
The paper gets so very fragile and easy to tear. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Where's the Button?

Only a few more buttons left to arrive. It's so exciting. 
I feel extremely grateful to everyone who submitted 
writing (and buttons) for this project.
It is indeed a Magic Land when creating in collaboration.

As soon as all the buttons are in
Jim and I will choose the pieces to become broadsides.