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All box all the time

IMG_9401YES. LOOK AT THEM ALL. Our week at the Wells Summer Institute is over and we have had a total box victory. I forgot to count before we packed them all away and headed on our merry way, but I think that between the six of us we made thirty boxes. We made lidded boxes and hinged boxes, partitioned boxes and clamshell boxes. We made wee boxes and giant boxes, we made boxes with labels, boxes with buttons, boxes with handles. We made boxes all week long and then we said goodbye, and last night I slept for eleven hours and dreamed of box making. I am so sad that it is over that I am going to shift now into the present tense:

On our last day we take stock of our progress:


Beth shows us her suitcase styled box:


David and Jane contemplate their clamshell boxes:


and we discuss the virtues of this  marbled lable on top of a marbled lid:


All the while, other things are happening everywhere. Tricia Treacy’s hand press course pumps out enormous prints on Victor Hammer’s press.

IMG_9373Amazing book shaped chocolate arrives from Caroline Anderson, who attended last year’s institute and explained to us who the Kardashians were.


We all get a high power sneak peak when Robin Price’s brand new book, Love in a Time of War, arrives fresh from being bound by Daniel Kelm.

IMG_9345 I poke around the Center to find examples of Emerson to send to Ben Mitchell to aid his revival.


IMG_9446And we watch the sun set on our last day.

IMG_9441Until next year, Wells! The box making continues for me, however. I’m just setting up in my mother’s living room to teach a three day box course for her and her friends. I CAN’T STOP.


IMG_9469Boxes until Thursday, back to England on Sunday morning. Kablam.

5 comments on “All box all the time

  1. judyrobbinsart
    July 15, 2013

    Wonderful photos, wonderful work. I admire all of it.

  2. velma
    July 15, 2013

    oh, my, wells….

  3. Crimson Owl Creations
    July 16, 2013

    LOVE all the boxes!

  4. suzanne coley
    July 18, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your fantastic photographs and work! Wonderful boxes.

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