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Book work

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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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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Plant Speaks, 1

Plants Speak, 1. 2015. Manuscript #109. 11 x 6-1/8 x ¾ inches. 54 pages. Since September 2014 my research has involved culling through historical papers, correspondence, and publications on the subject of early Maine botanists at the University of Maine … Continue reading

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The Herbarium: a new investigation from found materials

People are often curious about how I come up with ideas and topics for my books. “What inspires the creation of a book? Where do your ideas come from?” I can say very simply that my ideas come from things … Continue reading

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Workshop, Exhibition, Summer, and MS 108

Upcoming workshop with papermaker Katie MacGregor and calligrapher Nancy Leavitt. Registration is now open for the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers Mini-Conference: Exploring the Tip of Maine. Spend a weekend in downeast Maine with a community of … Continue reading

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