Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I Have Been Thinking About...



From a post dated April 27, 2008:

I have been thinking about…hands. The importance of hands. The utility of hands. The beauty of hands. The meaning of hands. I use my hands to draw. I use them to paint. I use them to write. I use them to turn the lens on my camera and to press the shutter button. I am using them to type this post. Hands as nouns. Hands as verbs. Hands as adjectives. Raise you hand to ask a question. Raise your hand to answer a question. Lend a helping hand to your neighbor. That piece is handcrafted. This piece is handmade. And what beautiful handiwork they both are.

Hands up. Hands down. Hands on. Hands off. Hands across America. Clap your hands to show appreciation. Handles open and handles close. Handle with care. I can’t handle it anymore. He is handy. I've got my hands full. One hand washes the other. Employees must wash their hands. All hands on deck. The winning hand. Hand out. Hand it over. I want to hold your hand. On the other hand...








32 comments:

jill z said...

Love the slow reveal of each layer on your new page, one by one, unique layer by layer-with your hands..... Building your page-showing each step along the way-one of your infamous journey's of creating texture and depth to your work! Beautiful post for a beautiful handbook page! Love the framing with your metal lattice work, and contrast of the materials you incorporated into your handbook!

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

What a wonderful post about hands and, as always, love your art!

Kim said...

Handsome work LOL! Love the pullout effect from all the pics in the line! I love this book Seth. Although the pages are constructed with lots of textural layering and contrasting, it remains focused, not too busy. Wonderful words too!

Marie-Aimée said...

a really beautiful post and fantastic creation

Gillian McMurray said...

And from my point of view, hands across the ocean ;o) Love the detail in the meatalwork. You put it to great use.

MrCachet said...

The textures are one thing, but I get hung on the eyes and mouths, and once that happens - they're the only things I have eyes for!

La Dolce Vita said...

sigh... I must confess to be in love with your book... but I know I am not the only one, it has so many other suitors! oh well, I must resign myself to being one of many admirers...such is life... sigh!

Judith Stadler said...

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands. I can hear your wild applause ringing in my ears all the way up here on the other side of town. Hands down this is one of your absolute best! Profoundly beautiful and moving. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Judith in NYC
P.S. Did you know that a classic exercise in practicing being in the present moment is to just watch your hands at work?

Patti said...

love the way you photographed this so that we could savor the layers.
the piece is fabulous! I would say "hand it over," but then, that would be rude:)

love your art and blog - and the Secret Sundays!

nina said...

so very very beautiful! xx

ArtPropelled said...

I'm racking my brains to come up with a clever hand-something but everyone's beaten me to it. It really is a handsome handbook, Seth.

Marit said...

Time flies... but here I am in oooh and aawe over all the previous posts (secrets!) again! Keep those hands working Seth... creating and typing... love it!

Fran Meneley said...

Love this post...the handmade is the soul of the world. Thanks, Seth.

Bea said...

Well, that deserves a hand. clap,clap, clap :)Bea

Julie said...

Cool...nice to see the progression of the post and the art work over such a long period of time. Inspiring.

mansuetude said...

lovely where it is frayed ...

manual : another eymology of hand.

hand some! You!

mansuetude said...

Etymology...

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=manual

Lisa said...

beautifully portrayed post...the photographs revealing the layers are just sensational as is the beautiful handbook cover. just curious how you distessed the tapestry fabric to get the shredding effect?

Kelly Kilmer said...

Claps hands!!!

nancy neva gagliano said...

as i was scrolling down, i was thinking exactly what jill wrote...that one layer at a time reveal...just getting better and more interested with each frame
/\/giving you a hand!

layers said...

Put your hands up to rejoice a great piece of textured work

Art said...

Aw, somebody already clapped. I was totally going to do that. : )

Bill Evertson said...

I agree with Art...*silently clapping one hand*

Chris said...

A great revisit. yum.

Lost Aussie said...

Handsdown a great job!

rivergardenstudio said...

I love the way you have photographed your work here... each time showing more and more... and your final page is amazing. I love the torn fabric background the best... and the woven metal frame... roxanne

Dale said...

the concept of a]hands is such an interessing one... looking forward to seeing more

deb said...

gotta hand it to you (sorry couldn't resist) beautiful!!

Leslie said...

Loving that handbook and your analogies!

steph said...

wow seth..
great post, and thanks for the continued inspiration with your art! i love to come to your blog to 'catch up'!!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Oh My Yes, Precious, Precious Hands Seth...

and the tales told by One's Hands could fill Volumes...

vintage moon studio said...

What a wonderful piece and interesting progression of layers! I also have a fascination with hands and have a large collection of antique hand forms in different materials... you are always an inspiration ~ Deb