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yorukamome [userpic]
...along the path...

so, our dearest wicapis said "gab, why don’t you show on LJ the proceeds of your scribe/illuminator’s work?", and my reply was like
"ehr...uhumm...well...oooh I don’t know..." - obviously, NOT because of any "secretness" or whatever – I’m just very shy about it, mostly
because I don’t think to be such an excellent gilder, I wish I could get to those SPLENDID results that you all can see if you surf a little
around the web – but I’m on LJ to make of it my "virtual desk", like many of us, and to collect my friends’ suggestions/comments – so I took
some (very bad, my fault, the camera had a collapse in my hands) photographs "along the path", from the dry gesso stage until the very final
burnishing, done this time first with the stone, then with one of my Japanese brushes (swan’s neck feathers, the most delicate one I have)
to give the final shine – I must say, silver is not gold, so that most of the times the final result can be far rougher and rather UGLY, but as I’ve
just repeated I’m a very poor gilder – anyway, here you are the pics/phases and a short colophon/comment...ah, by the way, this "first step"
is what I call the PARALLEL ESSAY, a different folio made with the SAME items, in order to realize my faults and not make the same on
the "important work"...which, this year, because of many reasons taking my attention far from my SCRIPTORIUM, runs the serious risk of
not getting to be my best folio ever...:


vellum XVIII century, ram’s shoulder, binding parchment from a Bible - “W”(ill be one of Shakespeare’s sonnets);



first step, the raised gesso at its dry stage (this vellum being one of Cowley's beauties instead) – and a shortcut
(yes, such a horrid pic!) of the first gilding passage, made with a "warm" agathe on the dry gesso surface;



my favourite burnishers – just smoothest small stones of agata and ematite – and the same with one booklet of 925% gilding silver leaf;


what the work looked like after being burnished with the “cold” ematite;


a shortcut of the latest work (one more horrid pic) after my “all-personal” feather burnishing finish.

I never knew how to put it words...

Since I am not well-versed to say in words what your works have meant to me and still means to me, allow me to then borrow Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's words from his book, The Invisible Allies.

Every historical period produces it's share of otherwise inconspicious individuals who have the gift of preserving the past,though not setting down their memoirs for posterity. Instead, they evoke it in conversation with their contemporaries, their recollections can be borne across decades even to the very youngest listeners and when the narrator's own life is drawing to a close. As long as the head holding these memories remains steady, as long as we stay receptive to its kindly silver-haired glow, we can continue to draw on it for the past it has preserved. But the use we make of these insights is then entirely up to us.

I think that about sums it for me and Thank YOU for your friendship.


Re: I never knew how to put it words...

oh c'mon, wic, always SO VERY kind and praising to my funny work!
you KNOW it's not a good job this time, and you also know WHY
I'm not concentrated....but thanks for your splendid friendship
and sincere presence in my life - it felt SO GOOD to hear your
HAPPIEST voice on phone, NE!

Hey U

Hey U,

This is the piece for the London Exhibition, no? Marvellous. Especially now that I can see the process.

I don't know where both you and Bette get the patience to sit through such a task. Inner discipline no doubt about that.

It was so funny when you said, Hi Wic and I laughed out on the phone. Now, you know how much I laugh in real life and I enjoyed hearing you laugh too.

Have a great day, gentle soul and oh, do you wear ties to work?

Re: Hey U

YES it was SO VERY funny to laugh together, NE!
as for the "marvelous", well...at least wait until it
gets to the end before being so OPTIMISTIC, lol!

(hey U...what do you mean, WEAR TIES?!?)

Edited at 2009-03-03 07:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Hey U

I mean do you wear neck ties to school. Most of our male teachers where I worked wore neck ties. Just curious.

Re: Hey U

I don't even HAVE a necktie! ONLY two
papillons - but THAT is different, ne?

fichissimo! ma che cos'e' sto "burnishing" pero'?

BRUNITURA, sarebbe poi il termine italiano: cioè, "sfregare" la
superficie del metallo per farla diventare lucida e splendente
come un OGGETTO TRIDIMENSIONALE di quel metallo - e si deve fare
PRIMA anche sul gesso, poichè senza una perfetta superficie al di
sotto il metallo sarà pessimo...più o meno quello che succede a me
adesso, ho usato un ottimo gesso READY-MADE comprato in Francia, ma
sfortunatamente non ho avuto tempo abbastanza per impararne al meglio
le proprietà e i difetti...e come puoi vedere, il risultato è pessimo!

capito, grazie! per me il risultato e' benissimo)))

NAAAAH, non vale un accidente, GRUNT!

lovely lovely gilding.

and such beautiful burnishing stones.

you do such wonderful work.

you do nicer ones, bette, and with the same dedication:
as you can read through all my replies, the proceed was
badly done this time, both after the little time I have
and for the qualities themselves of this new gesso - not
to mention silver, which I find the hardest metal to gild!

i've never tried gilding. the calligraphers in the guild i use to belong to have done gilding alot. some of them are professionals like you, dear kamome.

i do know how you feel when you do work that you're not totally satisfied with. it happens to me in woodblock too. and in all artist's works. part of the beautiful process. and some mistakes or boo-boos aren't noticable to anyone's eye but mine!

does Gaia have names picked out for the baby? does she know if its a boy or a girl?

I'm envying your PROFESSIONAL art mates tonight, bette dear! I'm a
totally self-taught one, and right tonight I'm the grumpier one, ne!
...although you're right, ONLY our eyes see the ENORMOUS mistakes in
our work - as for gaia, yes, we're going to have a new girl in family,
and her parents funnily "picked" an unexpected LUDMILLA as her name...

i think most of us artists are self-taught. i had one woodblock workshop. taught by a japanese man living in new york who can to Ohio to teach. after that i have worked solitary.

i'm sorry you're feeling grumpy tonight. i have those days too. hope you get to feeling better soon, sweetie :)

Ludmilla is an interesting name. is it similar to a name in english? is it a family namesake?

absolutely not family, neither a latin nor "local" name:
I hate people asking for having grandsons with their own
name, so I don't mind, the most important thing being the
good health of both mother and daughter - but I must say
that there was a very ancient name in use here back in
our golden centuries (I mean back to early middleages)
which I love lots: KINZICA...I proposed it, but gaia
didn't agree, LOL!

Okay I rushed with my following commentaries and noticed terrible mistakes.

How much money did it cost you to purchase all of these products? I can hear the Ka-Ching Ka-Ching money machine when I look at your work-in-progress.

Also, what the author Aleksandr was able to do with with his words, you do it with your art.

hey Ma'am...you've deleted also my replies!...and YES,
HOW DAMN' IT COSTS, ne!...kaching kachING KAACHIINGGG!!!

Edited at 2009-03-01 10:30 pm (UTC)

I did? Oops! Sawwy!

Lovely set of photos--so you rub the stones over the silver to make is shine? What a wonderful process.

yes about like you said...it's a long and careful step,
and I'm an idiot: after so many better than this horrid
one, I chose to post right this RUBbish...!


Edited at 2009-03-01 10:41 pm (UTC)

Haha! Took me a minute to get the joke, but then I saw it :D

...you should know I'm a RUBber faced clown, NE!

Thank you for sharing
beautiful art

I'm taking the Ladies on a roam
more later