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

In 2010-2011, I was honored to have my work shown at The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Washington at a show I titled “Line of Sight”. These photos of works in the exhibit taken from Doug and Judith Garnett’s collection. In this show, I was also able to document some of my process […]

By the early 1980s, I could clearly envision the kinds of books of images that I wanted to make. Now it was time for serious ratcheting up of my skills at making books – so that their quality matched my own demanding vision of it. Artist stories often omit this part – after all skilled making […]