Once upon a…haiku?

Fairy tales are one of my recurring fascinations, and I entertained myself recently by distilling many of the well-known tales into haiku glimpses.  The result is 3 maxi mini-zines (page size is 7.5 x 10.5cm but each mini-zine contains 16 pages plus covers), featuring haiku alongside classic illustrations from artists including Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, Walter Crane etc.

I had lots of fun writing the micro-poetry & hope you will enjoy the poems, too. ūüôā An ideal stocking stuffer for a fairy tale fan, the mini-zines are available individually, or in a money saving set from the¬†TangleCrafts Etsy Store.

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Zines again!

I’m not really into poetry (with the exception of the ‘found’ poetry, that I included in some of my recent posts!), but I love haiku – capturing fleeting glimpses of moments (like a photograph) in condensed, image-rich words. ¬†I have put together a 3-part mini-zine, with a booklet of Corey’s haiku, a collection of my haiku, printed on individual cards, and a little booklet of my thoughts about my own and traditional haiku. ¬†If you are intrigued, check out the full listing for ‘head-space’ in The Tangled Press Etsy Store.

I also received a wonderful bundle of zines myself this morning, from Kristin Roach of Craft Leftovers.   I would love to add a photo, but my lack of home internet prohibits that, just now!  The July issue of Craft Leftovers Monthly is a fantastic themed issue, which will give you lots of practical tips & resource ideas if you are thinking of making a zine of your own.

Also, arriving just at the right time for me, it includes a great relief printing tutorial. ¬†I’ve recently done some lino cut experiments, but made the best of what I had, materials-wise, and used stamping rather than printing inks. ¬†However, while I was bemoaning the lack of clean prints this resulted in, to a colleague at work, a customer who overheard offered to bring me printing in exchange for copies of the prints I had already done. ¬†I felt terrible accepting the offer, but at least it was a trade, and I’ve felt even more guilty since, as even though I bought a brayer to use the printing ins with, I still wasn’t brave enough to try it out. ¬†Well, with July CLM as my guide, I will definitely be trying it out this month. ¬†Honestly. ¬†Well, maybe…

Zines update

In my hasty post the other day, I forgot to mention that I have listed some new zines in my Etsy stores. ¬†The culmination of my French knitting experiments can be found in ‘Make Your Own…D.I.Y. French Knitting‘, in the usual TangleCrafts store.

For something a little bit different to my usual offerings, please check out The Tangled Press Etsy Store.  Yes, I have finally started adding some non-crafty zines to this store, and there are more to come.  The first two listings are

  • ‘The Beast: Requiem for a Vibraphone’ – the life story of Corey’s sadly deceased (well, definitively retired, at least!) vibraphone; a photo story featuring & with commentary by ‘The Beast’, and a collection of Corey’s haiku. ¬†‘The Beast’ comes as a 3 part set, bound into a wallet, with 2 integral pockets.
  • ‘On Flowers & Fairy Tales’ features the 3 lino cuts I mentioned doing recently, as illustrations to a collection of thoughts & poems on, well, flowers & fairy tales. ¬†There are also a couple of extracts from literature, a list of flowers & their meanings, and a bibliography. ¬†If you have a passing interest in fairy tales, I think you’ll find it interesting!

There are several more works in progress, but given my current lack of home internet access, these will have to tide you over for a little while…!

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    5.¬†¬†Haiku Tins (photo to follow). ¬†I found a good source for tins with aperture lids recently, and have woven several freeform pieces to fit the different sizes. ¬†For the smallest tin (pencil box-sized),¬†¬†I tried something a¬†bit different.¬†¬†Using beautiful yarns in graduating variegated shades, I¬†wrapped¬†the yarn, rather¬†than wove.¬†¬†This is a ridiculously simple thing to do, but because of¬†the blending and shading in these particular yarns, really very effective in the end result. ¬†I think of them as meditations on colour, which led me circuitously round to haiku. ¬†After reading quite a lot of haiku, and being aware of them as a source of strong natural imagery, I decided that they suited these wrapped tins perfectly. ¬†So I have bought some recycled fibre paper, onto which I will print individual haiku, and a little collection of these printed slips of haiku will fill each tin. ¬†(Obviously if someone has an alternative use for the tin, they are welcome to remove the haiku, once they have bought it!) ¬†If you like haiku, can I strongly recommend ‘Clear Light’ by Alan Spence? ¬†¬†The Haiku Tins will contain a mix of traditional and contemporary haiku.

    Night swallows dew-damp meadow / casting velvet shadows / that will pass
    Spring evening

    6.¬†¬†Meditations. ¬†¬†I’ve woven a few freeform pieces for the craft fair, and while they evolve quite naturally, I also find that after weaving one, I tend to want to go back to basics, back to the basic, essential flow of weaving. ¬†The wrapped Haiku Tins gave me the idea to just weave a very¬†plain block, allowing the colours of¬†the yarn to do all¬†the work for me.¬†¬†This allows me to really get lost in the rhythmic, soothing process of¬†weaving, and becomes a meditation on both¬†the process and¬†the random evolution of¬†the colours.¬†¬†The pieces¬†you¬†see to left and right¬†are examples, unframed thus far.

    Muddy fields
    Muddy fields

    My idea is to frame them, individually, in very¬†plain, simple wooden frames.¬†¬†Within¬†the frame will also be a handwrtten haiku, composed¬†by me, relating to¬†the images evoked¬†by¬†the¬†weaving.¬†¬†I love¬†the clarity and economy of haiku, the condensed images retaining a simple appreciation of¬†the mysteries of the world around us. ¬†I think¬†they work perfectly with¬†the meditative process involved with the¬†weaving of¬†these pieces.¬†¬†I’m in¬†no¬†way claiming¬†that my own haiku compare with¬†the masters of¬†the genre;¬†but¬†the pieces¬†are personal to me, and using my own poetry makes¬†them even¬†more so.¬†¬†I¬†guess it gives¬†the viewer of¬†the work an insight into my own perceptions, whether¬†they agree or¬†not.

    Fading autumn sunlight,
    glowing
    over muddy fields

    Night swallows spring evening,
    casting shadows
    that will pass