Author Archives: nancyruthleavitt

Contemporary Illuminated Manuscripts: the work of Nancy Ruth Leavitt

I am pleased to announce that a small retrospective of my work is on display at the University of Southern Maine until 30 April 2019. Over the course of 40 years as a calligrapher I have created 120 unique hand-lettered … Continue reading

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It is quiet here in summer. Most of my neighbors are away and the university students don’t return until September. Everyday I work in the studio and the garden. In the afternoons I enjoy listening to BBC PROMS online from … Continue reading

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A word about the snowflakes. . .

Hope, 2018, MS #114, 14.5 h x 10.75 w x 2.5 d inches. Description: This box houses a hand lettered copy of Emily Dickinson’s poem 254, c. 1861, “Hope is the things with feathers. . .” and a flower illustration … Continue reading

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Snow Flurry

The snowflake installation at the Church of Universal Fellowship has become an annual display during the months of January and February. This year’s offering, ‘Snow Flurry’, consists of hand cut snowflakes rolled into and hanging from three clouds of snow … Continue reading

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New work

My 2,000 plant specimens have been sorted, labeled, boxed and passed on to a New England university herbarium where they will be cared for properly. Over the last 3 years I have enjoyed sifting through the plants collected as early … Continue reading

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An Immigrant Garden

The garden is lush and green from the cold and wet spring – a condition that plants love so the garden is in good shape. In spring one is engulfed by the garden. Cleaning up leaves and twigs, pruning, weeding, … Continue reading

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Sorting it out

Several years ago I came into possession of a small plant collection of herbarium specimen mounts. While sorting through the collection many ideas surfaced for bookwork. My plan for organization seemed to change daily. It was easy to say, “I’ll … Continue reading

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