I just returned from a short residency at Penland School of Crafts. The Penland Core Retreat was a generous gift of five days of studio time for former students of the Core Fellowship Program. While there, I had the chance to meet, reconnect, and work alongside artists Jana Harper, Rachel Mauser, Beth Schaible, and Julie Leonard in the school's beautiful print studio. I am so thankful for the school for hosting the Penland Core Retreat. It's so rare to have concentrated time like this, and it allowed me to complete this book, which I've been mulling over for about a year.
The book is inspired by the time I spent in Iceland in 2013, it is letterpress printed and hand drawn. Edition of 20.
We are walking together,
the alder and the oak.
Carrying a desert of lapwings,
under our coats.
Back to the beginning, back to the seabirds and foam.
The bull slides across the pitch ocean floor.
the names are gone.
White lepiota grows.
our mossy hearts - the grind of planets -
songs of tallow and bone.
One foot in the water - two far travelers -
setting fires along the road.