Saturday, March 28, 2020

Situational Haiku Series - 01

Situational Haiku Series 01

I made an accordion style book that has eleven pages in it.  As I usually work I wanted to add something to each page but I did not know exactly where I was going.  In front of my work station was the smallest gelli plate.  The AHA moment was that I would add color to each page through the mono-printing process using the gelli plate.  Instead of laying the paper on top of what I was printing I flipped the gelli plate over and printed down on the pages of the accordion book.  You will notice a slight hint of a second color other than the blue.  It is cadmium red and it was left on my gelli plate from a previous use.  So far so good.

I have been culling some of my papers, you know the ones that you just have to keep and never use.  Out they went but in one box I found some great images from a vintage book.  My next thought was to use either one element or maybe even two or three elements for the collages.  I just love how this woman looks walking toward something.  Now you might think that is the end of the story.  No!

I have been writing a bit of Haiku lately and thought I could write a Haiku about this woman.  I wanted to give a bit of narrative via the poem to the collage.  Then I got to thinking I should put the Haiku right on the finished collage.  How to do that?  Another AHA moment.  I wanted to use vintage type.  I found a vintage typewriter font online.  So here goes..... Oh, yeah!  I photographed each of the eleven collages without the Haiku first because perhaps you might want to write your own Haiku.  More on my Haiku experience tomorrow.  Mine is below....


jacki long said...

I love these, John.
And I love haiku, so win-win!
Also my favorite blue-grey.

Robert said...

What fun John! Love your detailed explanation of the process!

Elsa of Lake Forest Park said...

Ditto what Robert said. What I don’t understand is how you got the typewriter font onto the page?
It is such a perfect mini narrative.
I have sent halvzie collages out to five people to finish with haiku or writing of any kind.
We will talk.
I just love this

amy of studio four corners said...