Everyone is talking about Leonard Cohen. At book group last night, we talked about his poetry, novels, and song lyrics. It’s a sweet sorrow – the sad circumstances of his death have awakened interest and nostalgia, and it’s wonderful to talk about him and his work, and to read lots of articles and blog posts about him, but all with the underlying sadness of his loss.
I work with vintage letterpress and blocks, as a volunteer, in the caseroom at Robert Smail’s Printing Works in Innerleithen – lucky me!
Yesterday, I worked on my typesetting skills (thanks, Gen, for being such a patient teacher) by setting wooden vintage type to make a poster featuring Leonard Cohen’s words from Anthem. Second to Halleluiah, it’s one of his most popular songs, and this quote is used extensively across the world:
I think it resonates so deeply, because in this world where nothing less than perfection is deemed acceptable, many people suffer misery at what they perceive to be failure. I’m very self-critical and strive for perfection, like many of us, and of course, perfection never happens so, as a result, I suffer constantly from low self-esteem. Leonard Cohen, in his amazing wisdom, reminds me that nothing, or nobody, is perfect, and that’s okay, in fact, he intimates that imperfection is how it should be.
This work needs some refinement – will post a photo of the final print when it’s complete (not perfect, but good enough!). It will start life printed on paper but will, undoubtedly, find its way onto fabric for my own personal use. I’m mindful of copyright issues and would never break the rules!
Thanks for visiting. Musical quilt update coming very, very soon. (And it’s anything but perfect!)