Wednesday, August 22, 2012

NEW ON ETSY

"clann one" approx. 1.6 x 1.6 x 0.7 inches, antiqued copper plated box with framed glass door hinge, featuring handmade accordion book.

So many choices – can I make anymore iterations of these series? I sure hope so. I plan on making at least one of these accordion books for each of the painting series I have been doing lately.

See different views of each one on etsy.

"clann reading lesson 43" approx. 1.6 x 1.6 x 0.7 inches, antiqued copper plated box with framed glass door hinge, featuring handmade and collaged accordion book.

This one includes collaged strips of the first stanza of The Barefoot Boy. When I was in early grammar school, it was one of the poems we had to memorize. I never really thought about it, just would say it back by rote. When I found it in my collection of children's readers I just had to include it in the book. Its meaning is quite different to me now.  

The Barefoot Boy (read the whole poem here)
by John Greenleaf Whittier

Blessings on thee, little man,
Barefoot boy, with cheek of tan!
With thy turned-up pantaloons,
And thy merry whistled tunes;
With thy red lip, redder still
Kissed by strawberries on the hill;
With the sunshine on thy face,
Through thy torn brim’s jaunty grace;
From my heart I give thee joy,—
I was once a barefoot boy!
Prince thou art,—the grown-up man
Only is republican.
Let the million-dollared ride!
Barefoot, trudging at his side,
Thou hast more than he can buy
In the reach of ear and eye,—
Outward sunshine, inward joy:
Blessings on thee, barefoot boy!

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