I got into this whole printing business for the love of words. I have quotations posted in every corner of my home, on every page of my journal, running on reel loop in my soul. The wisdom and thoughts of others wrapped in poetry wind their way around me, shape my life, don’t let me go.
Some of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s words first published in 1838 still resonate deeply in this human heart. His verses have been my own “Psalm of Life,” for many years, as I’ve navigated the thick brush that is the life of a twenty-something. Winding roads that have lead to dead-ends. Detours that have directed me to accidental, yet unforgettable vistas.
In 2009, it was a the Penland School of Crafts that I came to the press with serious intent. I had no idea what it would look like for me to join my life with a 2000 lb hunk of metal, but I knew what began in that light-filled studio was far from finished. When I read Henry’s words, my spirit sang “Amen!” The future was a mystery, but my hands could be working in the meanwhile.
So, I pressed those words into thick cottony Crane, and I posted them in front of my eyes to remind my heart. We’re not on this earthly plane forever. We’re Canaan bound. But, for now, we have work to do.
That said, I’m at somewhat of a crossroads again. And, I’m drawn back again to these worn and familiar lines that remind me that I shouldn’t sit idle as time churns, bringing forth new tomorrows. I’ll try and be patient, I’ll aspire to tire myself out living hard, longing expectantly.
Suffice it to say…that’s some of the backstory. The quote chosen for the DIY print event tomorrow is an excerpt from that poem. Please come and join me as I go back to the press to imprint these words on paper and memory both.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need directions! 11am-3pm. See you soon!