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ABCD: Borrowed

December 14, 2014

We met at The Dove Studios yesterday and shared books on the theme “Borrowed”.


Jane borrowed some of Bron’s wooden letters to print by hand. She used corrugated card to make an extra block for the background texture. The book is a “French doors” structure, made from Khadi papers. On the left hand side the letters spell “borrowed”; on the right the same word is, as it were, returned! Some of the blocks can be seen in the foreground. My photo does not show the elegant bamboo closure on the front cover.


Clare was inspired by The Borrowers, a series of children’s stories by Mary Norton, and by her own story “The Key Famliy” about a family who lived in a keyhole; Clare has been a writer since early childhood. Her tiny book features a painted model-railway figure inside a keyhole.




Karen’s flag/star book contains quotations concerning sun, moon and stars, borrowed from “A Map of the Territory” by poet, actor, broadcaster, composer and musician Nigel Forde. It also includes a booklet with Ross Young’s poem about the moon.


Karen made a tiny seasonal book for each of us.


Gillian was inspired by the saying “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”. It seems to be derived/borrowed from Wendell Berry:

We can learn about it from exceptional people of our own culture, and from other cultures less destructive than ours. I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children…
(The Unforeseen Wilderness, 1971)

Her book is a hand-painted zig-zag landscape inhabited by small crochet animals made by a friend. The other side can be seen in the photo at the top of this post


Caroline’s book has a piece of borrowed braid on the cover, and a compendium of borrowings inside: pieces of old prints, borrowed quotations, borrowed time (her mother’s watch in a green pocket), borrowed memories.

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I didn’t make a book this time. I borrowed words from a well-known carol by J.M.Neale  to make Christmas cards for my fellow ABCD members.


And there was indeed a “good feast”! Enlivened with locally-produced Wild Beer and Clare’s home-made sloe gin …


Next month the word is “Cat”. Dr Seuss got there first, but we’ll do our best!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen Young permalink
    December 14, 2014 3:36 pm

    Dear Ama
    Thanks so much for, yet again, a super record of our “borrowed” meeting at the Dove. Also thanks for researching my friend Nigel. A talented man! I hope you enjoyed Mr Turner and Isend you all good wishes for Christmas!
    Love Karen

  2. December 14, 2014 8:33 pm

    Karen, I have bought his book – thanks for the introduction. I hope you and those you love have a wonderful Christmas.

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