Word Broadsides

I’m making ten broadsides in 2017.  Each piece features a word that is created with the watermarking process and is meant to provoke thought and perhaps even action! 

New broadsides will be added almost monthly. I’ll also be offering sets during my online paper sales: stay tuned for sets of five in July and all ten in January 2018.

JANUARY’s word is Equality


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I have been thinking a lot about equality (for years actually, but the recent election and women’s marches brought my thoughts to the forefront). There are so many ways to think about equality: women’s rights, human rights, sexual and gender bias, religious freedom, income inequalities, etc, etc, etc. Why do we feel powerful; when do we feel weak? This is my humble attempt to voice my feelings through a love of letterforms, watermarks and design. The root is love, the letters are blooming, and I was delighted to discover the grid/ladder that formed when the roots of the letters intertwined with the rainbow earth at the base of the image.

FEBRUARY’s word is Justice

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When I was considering this word, a vision of standing for justice popped into my mind. These letters on legs represent justice for all, which sometimes feels like an improbability since we don’t all agree. And how can we if we don’t speak the same language, live in proximity with those we need to agree with, or spend time getting to know our neighbors. Not to mention the fact that the concept of justice differs in every culture!

MARCH’s word is Participate


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My vision of participation is circular, like a wheel. How can you participate; how do you participate; how will you participate?

APRIL’s word is Harmony

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Harmonics is a word used in physics, in music, and it has many synonyms, such as agreementpeace, peacefulness, amity, amicability, friendshipfellowshipcooperationunderstandingconsensusunitysympathyrapport, likemindedness, unisonunionconcertonenesssynthesis. The lines in this piece symbolize wavelengths. 


June’s Word is Continuum


I love how the image lies subtly within the sheet of paper and without backlighting, is only slightly visible. I often think of my ancestors and descendents and how my life fits into the continuum. The image to me conjures a labyrinth-like path that we have all walked/are walking/will walk.