Thursday, 29 December 2011
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Armstrong Beach QLD, August 2011.
Just a beachwalk and a random pattern. It looked like a Tolkien map of the Shire, and it looked like Aboriginal art. This moment has already become a slice of dreamtime to me.
When I was a student and we read Caedmon's Hymn and Beowulf I got fascinated by the cosmic notions of the Anglo Saxons and the world picture of the Dark Ages
Se Middangeard - under heofones hrof.
Maps have fascinated me ever since I was a child and became aware of travelling distances.
Dit is it wurk jong! As wie it fanút e himel wei, sa kinsto yn ien eachopslach it hele ryk oersjen: grinzen, djippen, stêden.
A slice of Dreamtime
Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
But to what purpose
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves
I do not know.
[TS Eliot, Burnt Norton]
Sunday, 30 October 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Monday, 8 August 2011
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Nor is it Uluru, but Mount Coolum (QLD) is essentially a similar shape.
Less iconic perhaps, but still enormouslyinpressive to me.
The name would appear to be derived from local Aboriginal word "gulum" or "kulum", meaning "blunt" or "headless", referring to the shape of Mount Coolum, which has no peak. According to Aboriginal legend, Ninderry knocked off Coolum's head and it fell into the ocean and is now Mudjimba Island
Saturday, 23 July 2011
I bought this vellum-bound Concilium Tridentinum/Index Librorum Prohibitorum more than 20 years ago on a book fair in Amsterdam.
There were scraps of parchment from an earlier manuscript on the inside, which had been used to sow the sections on, thus producing a book block. In addition, it contains pieces of a text printed in italics on vellum. These Membra disiecta can be quite difficult to identify, but these were easy to google.
Partial transcription: [...]iti sunt. Qni ego i[...] meus in co[...]
Vulg. Ps 37:17-18
...et dum commoventur pedes mei,
super me magna locuti sunt.
18 Quoniam ego in flagella paratus sum,
et dolor meus in conspectu meo semper.
KJV 38:16-17 For I said, Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me:
when my foot slippeth, they magnify themselves against me.
For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me.
Partial transcription: [...]magna ecce labia[...]
Vulg. Ps 39:9
...adnuntiavi iustitiam in ecclesia
magna ecce labia mea non prohibebo Domine tu scisti
KJV 40:9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation:
lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
About Membra disiecta
Published Cologne, Germany 1664.
Hand-written Ex-libris on title page, name struck through:
Ex libris B. S**ellmayr
Hand-written Ex-libris on left endpaper:
Ex libris Ioannis Fransisci/Wagner IV[=JU] Doctoris
Bookblock dim. app. 177x109x44 mm
Laced vellum binding.
Printed contents of the book.
Note Martin Luther [as Martinus Lutherus] banned.
JMM Hermans, Het Middeleeuwse boek in Groningen, verkenningen rond fragmenten van handschrift en druk
Groningen : Universiteitsbibliotheek Groningen, 1980.
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Bent, splintered and very blunt.
On Friday, fully restored and razor-sharp.
And I finally managed to make that adze from an old plane's cutting edge.
This started in 2009
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Didge in the making... with my new Aussie woodcarver from Arbortech
With the Arbortech I could finish the whole process of felling, shaping and hollowing out within one afternoon.Not exactly slow carving, but it does leave more time for finishing.
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Pigment made by grinding the typically North West Frisian brick (lytse gieltsjes) with fresh egg yolk.
I added a little red pigment(ground terracotta) to get a slightly warmer hue.
I'm still in doubt whether I should make the helmet gold-fah or perhaps iron-fah.
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Monday, 2 May 2011
Saturday, 30 April 2011
...syððan ærest wear(ð)
feasceaft funden he þæs frofre geba(d)
weox under wolcnum weorðmyndum þah.
oð þ him æghwylc þara ymbsittendra
ofer hronrade hyran scolde
gomban gyldan þ wæs god cyning.
A foundling to start with, he would flourish later on
as his powers waxed and his worth was proved.
in the end each clan on the outlyling coasts
beyond the whale-road had to yield to him
and begin to pay tribute. That was one good king.
[Transl. Seamus Heany]