The Opening Weekend

After the very long relocation process the opening was absolutely fabulous. All three newspapers in the area had been reporting on Saturday morning, the sun was shining, people were streaming in, we had full house on all three days. On Sunday evening we were, so to speak, flat out like a lizard drinking. Even the white tulips in our garden opted …

Rilke

Rainer Maria Rilke was  born in Prague in 1875. He traveled a  lot throughout Europe and settled in Switzerland, where he died in 1926 of Leukemia. He’s been writing in German both novels and poems. His language is powerful and he is perceived as mystical. He met Leo Lolstoi, Paula Modersohn-Becker and was married to the sculptor Clara Westhoff. I printed …

Cumbria

When on holidays in Scotland some years ago we went into an antiquarian bookshop where we found “The British Encyclopedia In10 Volumes Illustrated”. It was ever so cheap – for the simple reason that volumes 7 to 10 were missing. Being book lovers we couldn’t resist bying it anyway. It had been published back in 1933. Vol 3 said “CHI-DUN”, …

Printmaking Lady

This is me: Annette. I’m a bookish girl. How could I possibly not end up in the book arts? This image was taken at a colleague’s workshop, at Heinrich Buser’s Greno Printing Office. I was assisting with printing at his Heidelberg windmill which was, I admit, a very special experience. I myself don’t own such a magical machine. My presses are …

Escaping the Embers

The deliberate demolition of books, libraries, schools, bookshops, publishing houses, archives to me is unpardonable. The loss of knowledge and cultural heritage thereof cannot easily be made up with. Much will be lost past recovery. People need free access to all sorts of knowledge to become educated. It is education that will give us the competence and strength to face …