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A Visit to Reed College’s Special Collections

My co-conspirator in this blog, Doug Garnett, and his son Sam Garnett, have begun filming a documentary about my work. Doug has directed national TV commercials and Sam is an excellent videographer and editor. (Here’s a clip with us busily at work in my studio.) It has been exciting to see film about my work begin […]

SCORE (cont.): A Walkthrough of My Book Recently Delivered to the Lilly Library at Indiana University

Last week I posted about my new work, SCORE, delivered to the Lilly Library at Indiana University. Today I wanted to share more images from the book in a bit of a guided tour. At the same time the following descriptions offer insight into the music which accompanies SCORE. What is the work? My primary […]

SCORE: New Work Delivered to the Lilly Library at Indiana University

SCORE Graphic Notation and composition: Timothy Ely Music and production: Larry Ellingson In February of 2018, fellow artist Larry Ellingson and I engaged in a non-stop conversation in a car, hurtling through space from the east side to the west side of Washington State, and back. Conversing wildly and led by shared interests topics ranged […]

Philip Smith – A Meditation by Timothy C. Ely

In 2016 I was asked to write an introduction to the catalog for an auction of Philip Smith’s work. Given the interest in my prior post about Philip, I’m re-posting what I wrote here. I am a romantic but not prone to great exaggeration. As I have studied deeply the history of books and their […]

OF SCRIPTS AND STARS The Cipheric Aesthetics of Timothy C. Ely’s Cribriform Script by Ian Boyden

It is possible to interpret this confrontation of script and stars.  Just as now and then a star emerges from the host—as a moving planet, as a comet—so also does a cipher, whose ideogram becomes intelligible to us, rise up now and then from the heap of incomprehensibility.  One could draw the conclusion that the […]

“Pigment encrusted fingernails” and Other Thoughts from the Workshop Today

Thoughts on this week’s workshop from Jenn Zahrt. (Thanks for letting me re-post this!) Pigment encrusted fingernails and stains on clothes (forgot my apron in Seattle)… exhaustion of the most perfect kind. A raw moonstone I brought with me screamed out to be on my workshop table and ended up finding a job on Tim’s […]

A New Perspective on the July 16 Workshop

People wonder how I get so much into a one week workshop. This video seems to sum it up (courtesy Randall Hankins). Was quite pleased this week with excellent discussions of subtle differences in materials, glues, pastes, and processes to make them all work nicely together. Books and art on paper all thrive when driven by […]