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I BLAME IT ALL ON THE RENOIR EXHIBIT AT THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM ART’S 2010 EXHIBIT OF RENOIR PAINTINGS.  The gift shop had an amazing display of gossamer scarves & I wanted to take everyone of them home with me & wear them always to remind me of the beauty of seeing the world through Renoir’s eyes.  Of course, I didn’t even get one scarf so to fill the void I starting collecting scarves at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s & good old thrift shops where scarf beauties hung on racks calling out to me to take them home with them.  Sigh.  Fast forward to my closet all these years later & you can only imagine all the scarves I own.  Have I ever worn them?  Sometimes and usually they make me sneeze from the dust they collect hanging around in my closet!  So today I pulled them all out.  Scarves made of silks & linens, embellished with sequins, pom poms, & lovely tassels.  Scarves of turquoise, aqua, blues & purples.  Scarves from India sheer & diaphanous, embroidered with elephants.  Scarves that really are dreams of the kind of life I dreamed of living.  They are not just lovely strips of fabric.  They are dreams of romance, of beauty, of a kind of elegant life I simply don’t lead.  Sigh.  I filled up a grocery bag to go back to the thrift store, but I need to let go of more.  Also I’ve now been reminded that all of these scarves state Dry Clean Only.  I’m hand washing those I want to keep.   It may be just the motivation I need to give more away!    


A SCURRY OF SQUIRRELS! – Japanese brush painting

“A Scurry of Squirrels” – Japanese brush painting


COLOPHONS WRITTEN AT THE BACK OF A HANDMADE BOOK ARE USED FOR EXPLANATION OF THE KINDS OF MATERIALS USED TO MAKE THE BOOK.  In published books Colophons list the typeface.  In handmade books the Colophon lists the type of papers used to make the book, the bookbinding technique, pen types, paint mediums & even extra embellishments that may have been included in the book.  The Colophon page shown here is from my “The Moon Viewing Party” handmade book, which I created after taking a writing and illustration workshop at The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library.  The print of the Mt. Fuji painting shows Mt. Fuji during the autumn when the moon is fullest.