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Silvan & Spring retreat next spring in England

Cotswolds_walkingpathsJoin us next spring as we explore and share two magical places in England for a beautiful and nourishing seven-day/six-night retreat in the Cotswolds and Bath. We will explore the forests and landscapes of the Cotswolds and enjoy the sacred waters in Bath as we create art, write, and explore our surroundings between April 26 – May 2, 2018. We’ll celebrate the ancient Gaelic festival of Beltane together as we mark the transition between spring and summer, and learn about the history and traditions of this important annual celebration. You will have plenty of time for relaxation and conversation as you explore these inspiring places with our small and intimate group. Both Gretchen and Laurie have traveled to England many times and will serve as your tour guides as they show you the best parts of this enchanted country.

Bath_RomanBathsWe’ll start and end in London, taking the train through the English countryside west towards the Cotswolds where we will spend four nights and three days in one of its charming villages. We will enjoy the cobblestone streets, thatched roof houses, and access to walking paths that weave through woodlands, along ancient hedgerows, and cross sheep-filled fields. Then we will take the train south to Bath and stay for two days and two nights near the heart of the town’s ancient Roman spring-fed baths, within steps of Pulteney Bridge and its artisan-owned shops. This is the same town filled with the Georgian architecture that inspired Jane Austen. We will return to London by train. We have a lot of fun things planned including: natural plant dyeing, watercolour studies, tarot and oracle card explorations, journaling practice, guided plant walks, sketching, DIY herbal facials, and more.

PaintingInCotswoldsFor more information please visit: silvanandspring.com

Or email us at: info@silvanandspring.com

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Seeing these women watercoloring at Director’s Park reminds me of the magical month of August I spent watercoloring in and around Siena, Italy twelve years ago. We sat on little chairs like this in piazzas everywhere.

the typography of new orleans

As you know I’m crazy about letters – typography, monograms, fonts, letterpress, you name it. In fact, my new diptych project, photomot, incorporates typography into photographs that my friend Chris and I take each week.

Maybe it’s because of photomot, but I feel my eyes have been implanted with magnets that can’t help but be drawn to a bold modern ‘a’ or an elusive cursive ‘z’. It doesn’t really matter what it says, I just look at the curves, the colors, the simplicity or complexity, the layout, and how they all work together. I’ve also been lamenting the scarcity of good fonts in my collection – it’s time for a few key acquisitions to spice things up.

Regardless, New Orleans, especially the signs in the French Quarter and engraved marble crypts in the cemeteries gave me a great deal to drool over. Any favorites from this collection?! Or any favorite fonts I should check out for my collection?!

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typography art

I’ve been obsessed with typography for over 25 years – everything from monograms to fonts to letterpress. My house is filled with letters. Put a letter or a word on something and I’m drawn to it like a bear to honey. So I was intrigued by Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book which celebrates the word and an overlooked paper art – the die cut.

I think many people, including myself, are wondering what the future of publishing holds. I love technology, but can’t imagine a world without the printed word. JSF’s new work celebrates what makes books unique in an otherwise digital age.

a small taste of new orleans

New Orleans is just what the doctor ordered – warm weather, amazing food, and stimulating discussions with former colleagues. Here’s just a taste…

Stay tuned for more from New Orleans including a review of my new favorite restaurant – Coquette.