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I never cease to be amazed and delighted by the creative stories and art that are shared!

There were two trees.

They are friends.

They have a bird friend too.

Although they can talk to each other through their bird friend.

They cannot play or touch each other.

There was a road in between them.

Then they both grew up.

And one day they can touch each other’s leaves and branches.

They are happy now.

They brid friend sings a song for them.

SDG

I climbed a tree almost.

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Again beating the drum of gratitude for Artists Book House  sponsoring a papermaking event with the Evanston Arts Council Special Projects Grant initiated by community building activist Jamie Thome. Many thanks also to volunteers and papermaking enthusiasts, Laura Antolin and Cori Paulsrud who shared the an incredible autumn afternoon in the “Reading Garden” amongst the trees with all those who came to make paper and tell stories. It was a delight! Thank you, thank you!!!

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It was such a joy to share the creative papermaking process with adults and children alike last Sunday. Parent’s taught children. Children taught parents. Onlookers eased in to join the fun. Stories were shared and trees were celebrated.

Many thanks to Artists Book House for sponsoring the event with the Evanston Arts Council Special Projects Grant. Additional confetti to celebrate community building activist Jamie Thome ; amazing artist, fiber and pulp provider Melissa Jay Craig; Evanston Library and librarian (now papermaker) Laura Antolin; volunteers extraordinaires Michael Swierz, Katie Kucera and ABH Intern Kerrigan; and to all who shared in the papermaking/tree storytelling event. It was beautiful!

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Story and art by A. Kaunuda

Visiting the willow was my reason for joining my uncle and cousin on their spring/summer fishing trek to the Washington Park Lagoon.

Three blocks from our house was my grandmother’s flower garden where they dug up the worms for bait.

I packed a picnic lunch because they never ever caught any fish.

While they baited the hooks at the water’s edge I climbed into the welcoming embrace of the sturdy weeping willow branch that extend out over the surface of the lagoon. With my back against the trunk and my feet dangling over the branches just inches from the water’s surface, I sang and cloud surfed and danced my whispered dreams.  I skipped across the water with dragonflies, floated on the surface with willow leaves, inhaled spring and exhaled summer into the last autumn sunset.

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Artwork by Jacqueline Sullivan

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Artwork by Luce Zolna

In anticipation and celebration of the upcoming 2023 exhibition at Audubon, I’m combing the archives to honor the commensalistic relationship of birds and trees.

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Photos by Sandy Libertini

Papermaking workshop with Sandy Libertini and Columbus, OH Grange Insurance Audubon volunteers in anticipation of the upcoming Jan/Feb 2023 Exhibition. Watch for further opportunities to get involved. Everyone is invited!

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Handmade paper and Mary Oliver story revered by Emilie Eklund, Grand Rapids, MI

In anticipation and celebration of the upcoming 2023 exhibition at Audubon, I’m combing the archives to honor the commensalistic relationship of birds and trees.

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Families shared time at the Grange Audubon papermaking event last Saturday.

It’s always fun to hear the stories they tell. I particularly enjoyed hearing how impressed they were with their dad’s artistic skills!

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We had a great day making paper and sharing tree stories at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Many thanks to Sandy Libertini, Senior Coordinator and Leigh Ann Miller, Center Director for the invitation and the assist; to the eager and talented volunteers including my daughter, Cori who’s always willing to schelp pulp; and to all those who showed up to engage in the process. Looking forward to the workshops to come and the exhibition of the work in Jan./Feb 2023.

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Handmade paper and artwork/calligraphy by Kaligrafos Guild member/Dallas /Fort Worth Metroplex

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Handmade paper and artwork/calligraphy by Kaligrafos Guild member/Dallas /Fort Worth Metroplex

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Handmade paper and artwork/calligraphy by Kaligrafos Guild member/Dallas /Fort Worth Metroplex

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Handmade paper and artwork by Kaligrafos Guild member/Dallas /Fort Worth Metroplex

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Handmade paper and artwork by Kaligrafos Guild member/Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex

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