Monday, October 18, 2010

Letterpress Demos

After the Twin Cities Book Festival, Meryl and I headed to the Open Book where MCBA was hosting free demonstrations on letterpress techniques. We saw Monica and Meryl was introduced to Regula, who is one of the mentors in MCBA's mentorship program, a competitive series of one-on-one meetings and workshops designed for an artist in another medium to explore the book arts. Meryl is the winning poet this year, and I truly cannot wait to see what comes out of this experience for her.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tattoo Lit

My tattoo-in-trade has been published in a book, out by Harper Collins, and originally titled The Word Made Flesh, which is now used as the book's blog name. I love the matte feel of the book and enjoyed paging through, seeing how others might preserve the work that they love in unique ways.

Missing from my page is my entire last name (Molly Sutton Kiefer), my geographic location (hello, Minnesota!), the story of the tattoo, and credit to the amazingly talented Shawn Hebrank, whose work I hugely admire. But it is a truly impressive little book with so many wonderful tattoos celebrating the love of literature.

My mother took this photograph last Christmas; it's fully healed and receives much admiration when sported at places such as the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Twin Cities Book Festival.

And the little Kelsey is wedged into the Hebrank / DePasquale basement, preparing itself for a beautiful journey.