Jill Berry Design Blog

Mapping a Memory

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mapping a Memory

This weekend I taught lots of mapmaking at Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, Colorado. The classes are small (6) and intimate. I want to share the one map each person made that was based on a memory. Each one is beautiful. Each one is personal. Each one is a story. Each one is entirely unique to the mapmaker. Each one is compelling. I am grateful for each of you that shows up, and especially with this cold challenging weather. Thank you arty cartographers. Thank...

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Mapping my Way

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Mapping my Way

     

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Taming Chaos

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Taming Chaos

This last weekend I taught a Painted Papers class in Colorado Springs for the Summit Scribes. This group is a slice of heaven. A cheerful, willing, generous, brave and lovely group of women that are a treat to be around. We threw paint around for two days and came up with some wonderful papers. One of the techniques is something I came up with a number of years ago while flinging things around in my studio. I discovered that dish soap makes a very cool resist, and works well in contrast with sumi ink. The sumi is moved around the page with a...

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Leah’s Chickens of Hope

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Artist Friends, Real Life | 3 comments

Leah’s Chickens of Hope

Support Leah and Scott DeCapio lost everything in a flood. You can help!

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The Road Ahead: 2014

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Uncategorized | 7 comments

The Road Ahead: 2014

I am sitting in my warm house watching snow, and a new sleeping puppy. The sky is grey, the earth brown and the branches black against my window. 2013 was challenging for me. Perhaps because I am in the very middle of my life and that crisis rumor is real, perhaps because teenagedom has transformed my darlings into temporarily odd creatures, part family issues, fires, flood and some professional challenges too. My hope is that 2104 is easier because I get more skilled at making all the pieces and parts of this colorful life fit together. This...

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And the TEXTures 2 winner is…

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Giveaway!, Stencils | 2 comments

And the TEXTures 2 winner is…

  Patsy DuBos. Thank you all for participating!

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Gera, Miró, Bird, and Picasso

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in My Products, stencils, Stencils | 35 comments

Gera, Miró, Bird, and Picasso

To celebrate my new stencils I did a spread in my journal for each of the stencils with the person who inspired them. Gera is an Ethiopian artist and doctor who made paintings of talismanic characters for his patients to heal, them using what he called “the secrets arts of heaven.” I found his work in the book Afrikan Alphabets.  and was instantly drawn drawn to the shapes and the context of his characters. This is another page of healing in my journal I did with the Gera Stencils.   Joan Miró and I have been friends for...

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It’s not easy

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in My Heroes and Sheros | 0 comments

It’s not easy

It is not easy to do the right thing. It is hard, and sometimes so hard it seems impossible. Easy is looking the other way, allowing sad, lonely and oppressed people to stay sad and lonely and oppressed. I say this to myself every day, and I say it to my children. We  do the best we can, in a perfect world. I admire this man, and the woman who celebrates him...

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TEXTures 2 Stencils are OUT!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Uncategorized | 15 comments

TEXTures 2 Stencils are OUT!

Lucky, lucky me and if you are here now, lucky you! I have another set of stencils out with Artistcellar as a part of Artistcellar Signature Series Stencils. This set is called TEXTures 2, and it is abstracted calligraphic poetry inspired by people I admire. You have 13 chances to win a set of all four of these stencils. All you need to do is visit the list of blogs below and see what amazing things these talented people have done with my stencils. I can hardly wait to see them myself! 12/7 Artistcellar 12/8 Kecia Deveney 12/9 Sketchbook...

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Thankful Thursday

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Thankful Thursday | 1 comment

Thankful Thursday

I want to be thankful today, to fall into the gratitude I feel for the people who treat me with such wonderful generosity and kindness. Sally Livermen, a friend from just south of here and a talented calligrapher, gave me this very tiny book press that her husband made. The cuteness factor is only slightly outweighed by the fact that it presses the very small books that get lost in my big press. Suzi Brown was in my class at the Summit Calligraphy Conference. She made this sweet felted pouch for me, and inside are my brand new Moo Business...

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