2014 BOOKPLATE "LOVE LETTERS"
Every year I create an original, stippled, ink drawing while my students work on their ink assignments. I attempt to commemorate an important event or experience with these year end drawings. This year's drawing is finally completed and I will now reproduce it on personalized, adhesive labels for use as bookplate gifts for friends, family and coworkers.
This year has been wonderful in many ways. I have had lots of fabulous adventures but one of the major events of the year was the wedding of our youngest daughter. We used lots of sentimental touches at her wedding which was held at a former post office. One of the special decorations was built using letters my parents had written back and forth to each other in the 1930's. I reproduced the treasured envelopes my mother had kept, tied them up with ribbons and displayed them under glass cloches.
I knew I wanted to use these letters in my 2014 bookplate. A few weeks ago I gathered some vintage keepsakes, pictures of my mother and father and laid them out with the letters. I was shocked to discover that I even had my parent's wedding license in a box I'd kept after my mother passed away. I also had a pair of my mother's old eyeglasses.
It was very emotional to build this drawing. It is created with millions of tiny dots so it took an enormous amount of time to complete. I was surprised to find myself feeling so close to my father as I rewrote his letters trying to replicate his handwriting. My father passed away when I was 19 so it was bittersweet to follow each stroke he made on the page.
My parents eloped to nearby Tucumcari, NM to marry. It was right at the beginning of the depression and the dust bowl which ravaged our Oklahoma prairies. My parents returned to live separately with their parents until they could make their home on the family farm. They were brave, courageous people who didn't just save the farm but lived out their lives working that land. My siblings and I still own the farm together as tribute to their hard work during difficult times.