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 […]

“Creativity involves not only years of conscious preparation and training but unconscious preparation as well,” wrote Oliver Sacks in outlining the three essential elements of creativity, adding: “This incubation period is essential to allow the subconscious assimilation and incorporation of one’s influences and sources, to reorganize and synthesize them into something of one’s own.” In […]

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 […]

While in England on my NEA grant, I met Philip Smith – an encounter that spun into a lifelong friendship. Most bookbinding texts focus on journeyman work – the skills needed to begin the process and to contemplate mends, repairs and the conservation of rare works. During my self-propelled apprenticeship I found many books covering […]

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 […]

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 […]

I can’t believe it’s already the end of day three… Well, things move fast at Planetary Collage. Now, off to tonite’s open house at my studio. (My able studio assistant Randall Hankins gets credit for this video.) Copyright 2018 – Timothy C. Ely – All Rights Reserved