I have always had a complicated relationship with art and money and made the decision a long time ago to make art for its own sake and not worry about selling it. My income came first from commercial calligraphy and then from bookmaking workshops in schools. Now I publish books—catalogs of my work and stories and lessons from my life in the arts—that I write, illustrate, and design. They make wonderful gifts if I do say so myself. Feel free to contact me for quantity purchases and do take a look at my Zoom Book Club.
Suffragists Speak: Hand-Lettered Quotes To Celebrate The 100th Anniversary of Women's Right To Vote
Suffragists Speak celebrates the 100th Anniversary of women's right to vote in the United States through the words of the women who were engaged in the fight. Artist and author Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord chose 14 powerful quotes from both well- and lesser known activists and hand-lettered them in a bold and lively script. Accompanying each quotation is information about its author and its origin.
Using the first Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848 as the starting point, the journey to suffrage for women in the United States took 72 years. It was long, arduous, and complex. Issues of race and class arose as generations of diverse women grappled with abolition, immigration, and temperance, as well as the question of when and if to compromise. Suffragists Speak offers a deeper understanding of the women whose lives were dominated by the struggle. Since the fight for equal rights continues, their words still resonate with meaning and inspiration.
8.25" x 6", 32 pages, black and white
20% of the sales from Suffragists Speak will be donated to Fair Fight, the organization founded by Stacey Abrams which fights to protect the vote.
Words For Our Time
Words For Our Time is a book of text-based artworks created in response to the 2016 election. Based on eight words (strength, hope, truth, peace, justice, love, courage, and compassion) which are accompanied by 58 quotes, they remind us of what is important in our personal and civic lives and provide encouragement and support in these difficult times. Each was created from one large sheet of paper that was torn into separate sections. After the writing was complete, the pieces were sewn back together in an act of healing as the torn paper was mended and and made whole.The eight pieces are collected here with the quotes and their sources in type for reference.
8.5" x 11", 36 pages, full color
Calligraphy: How I Fell In, Out, and In Love Again
Calligraphy is an illustrated memoir of my sometimes all-consuming, always challenging, and ultimately freeing relationship with calligraphy over forty years. The story, told through images of my work and a few photographs, is about more than learning to hold a pen and form letters. It's about growing up and growing older, questioning and slowly finding answers—an inspiring read for artists and non-artists alike.
2020 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist
"Calligraphy is a levelheaded look at the artistic process from someone whose relationship with words constantly shifts. It functions both as a crafter’s catalog and as an autobiography, as well as the record of a Merrimack Valley artist whose work spans decades and has remained invigorating, and grows more profound over time."
Doug Sparks, Merrimack Valley Magazine
8.5" x 11", 154 pages, full color
LIBRARIES AND BOOKSTORES: Book is available through Ingram
The Spirit Books
5.5" x 8.25",78 pages, full color
Eric Hoffer Award Honorable Mention
Art Lessons: Reflections From An Artist's Life
Art Lessons is about my relationship to my work—what inspires me and keeps me going. Part personal story and part reflection, the book contains seven essays which begin with hand-lettered quotes. Each contains hard-won truths that I have learned during my years of making art: the role of patience, the development of the critical eye, the struggle with perfection, and the idea that an artist's best teacher is the work itself.
4.5" x 5.75",40 pages, black and white
Handmade Books For A Healthy Planet
Handmade Books For A Healthy Planet is a how-to book with a purpose. With fascinating facts about the history of books and illustrated step-by-step directions, the sixteen earth-friendly projects (including a Wish Scroll from Ethiopia, a Medieval Book of Hours from Europe, and a Book of Haiku from Japan) promote cultural understanding and environmental awareness.
8.5" x 8.5", 130 pages, color cover, black and white interior