The Xmas Card Factory on our dining-room table is in full production mode. Tuck put in an order for 25 this year. We got the idea for the gold seal from President and Mrs. Bush's Christmas card. [Note: White House website caption for Jamie Wyeth painting featured on card misidentifies black cat India as "Willie the cat." We've notified the WH webmaster. Update: India's nickname is "Willie," according to her webpage within the official WH site.] Our message this year expresses "the tidings that dare not speak their name" by artfully implying without spelling out the forbidden word: "Hang a shining star upon the highest bough . . . [And have yourself a merry little Chrismas now]."
Beauty in unexpected places strikes again, this time as the morning sun backlights a fistful of frame shapes left over (behind card in top photo) after cropping. Note whisper-thin black crosses articulating the space, the cropmarks and centerfold lines that had guided our hand now transformed into gestural accents guiding our eye.
Our throwaway handful of paper scraps backlit by the sun called to mind the effect of Noguchi's akari light sculptures: "the name akari, which I coined, means in japanese 'light' as illumination. it also suggests lightness as opposed to weight."