North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Thursday, December 19, 2019


It's holiday celebration time at the Humboldt County Library in Eureka! Currently on display in the kiosk by the checkout counter are many handmade cards made by members of the North Redwoods Book Art Guild. Members who wish to join in the exchange sign up in advance and make an edition of original cards for all the participants. The cards celebrate winter holidays such as Hanukkah, the solstice, Christmas and the new year.

One display shelf features original cards made from recycled cards and papers. On another shelf there is an origami wreath card in tree print papers that collapses to a star shape with the flip side a sunny yellow with a celebratory solstice message. On an easel fold card a deer carries Hanukkah candles in its antlers. Other cards feature original calligraphy, lino prints from hand-carved quarter and full size stampers, marbled, handmade, and eco-dyed papers, and specialty inks. And to add to the beauty of these artistic cards are many meaningful messages and poetry by John Muir, Joseph Brodsky, and others. Inside one multiple folded card is this message based on writing by Friar Giovanni (1435-1515). "The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach is joy. Take joy."  

Our book art guild wishes you a joyous new year!

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