Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Other voices from other rooms

It has been several days since I've had the luxury to follow links, to discover.  On a twitchy morning, which is how this began but not how it continues, the sight of the extraordinary and labor-intensive prods me to mutter insults like "slacker" to myself.  How mean, how unpleasant.  Who would spend time in the company of someone just like the library supervisor who used to glare from her desk, mouth pinched in disapproval, at too much hilarity.  Clearly, any two people who could find something to laugh about during the typing of catalog file cards were at best to be frowned upon and at worst to be reprimanded.  It is much too early in the day for criticism.  I'll replace it with admiration for soaring imagination and skill and use it, not as a cudgel, but as a springboard for my own elevated thoughts du jour.

Take your fresh and eager young hearts to see this work at Jay Anderson's blog.  A brief, intricate and magic-affirming video awaits.   Books by the featured artist, Rebecca Dautremer, may be found here.
 
Author, artist Rebecca Dautremer, I highly recommend "The Secret Lives of Princesses."


For today's post, Jay interviews Viv Sliwka of Hen's Teeth Art, an example of whose envelope art follows. (The link no longer takes us to the Hen's Teeth story but here is a link to Viv's etsy shop, just in time for, well, whatever you want it to be in time for.)

Art from Hen's Teeth, Viv Sliwka.

My personal bridges over troubled water require color, humor, simple joy, a deft hand and a facile mind.  An envelope from Hens Teeth meets all my needs.  And apropos of a Simon and Garfunkel hit,  last month on her blog 37 Paddington, Angella offered those of us of a certain age the chance to rekindle our collective passion for the pair and the soundtrack they gave us.  A post worth visiting.


10 comments:

Angella said...

Marylinn, thank you! How wonderful that the song rekindled something for you as it did me. And that art, especially the envelope, thank you for that, too.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Angella - Those fellows really were a huge part of the soundtrack of a certain time and the notion of "a bridge over troubled water" is its own form of deliverance, large or small, for those sandpaper times. I'm happy to share you. xo

red road said...

Always great to find new blogs!!! Thanks for the lovely mention Marylinn and happy creating!!! x

Erin in Morro Bay said...

How times change - at my library sometimes we have the patrons telling us (the librarians) to "shhh" and stop laughing! But with my sense of humour - don't see me stopping anytime soon!
Erin

Antares Cryptos said...

Librarians, the keepers of books and silence.
Thank goodness for the bridges you create.

susan t. landry said...

simon & garfunkle instantly transport us...and, not to detract at all from your fine post, but your title reminds me of how good a writer truman capote could be...(Other Voices, Other Rooms). sometimes the artists/writers/musicians who have paraded through in our lifetime astonishes me...


xo
susan

Marylinn Kelly said...

Jay - So happy to meet you. Thank you for introductions to so many new-to-me artists. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Erin - And we were typing in the back, nowhere near the silent patrons. And we didn't stop either, just became more subversive. Whew, that was nearly 50 years ago. Time flies. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Antares - I always appreciate your kind words and the way you pay attention to what is significant. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Susan - It is a small 'homage' to Truman Capote, a fine writer indeed. What a parade it has been...Pete Townsend of The Who on CBS Sunday Morning, growing up when we still had among us John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, James Thurber. I do envy your NY location and all you were able to witness and enjoy. xo