Heavy bear…

March 27, 2019

“That inescapable animal walks with me, Has followed me since the black womb held, Moves where I move, distorting my gesture, A caricature, a swollen shadow, A stupid clown of the spirit’s motive, Perplexes and affronts with his own darkness, The secret life of belly and bone,” Excerpt from “The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me” by Delmore Schwartz;
design by Meredith Eliassen, 2019.

A Foo-ey kinda day…

March 6, 2019

Stylized Foo dog drawing by Meredith Eliassen, 2019.

Bible tells

“Jesus Loves Me” is a hymn written by Anna Bartlet Warner (1827–1915) based upon 1 Corintians 6:18. The lyrics first appeared as a poem that her older sister Susan Warner (1819–1885) used in a novel called Say and Seal (1860), in which the words were spoken comfort a dying child. The Warner sisters often collaborated, and Susan is best remembered for her The Wide, Wide World (1850). “Jesus Loves Me” design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

A little Gospel may help, the tune is easy… Here are the complete lyrics:

Jesus loves me—this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to him belong,—
They are weak, but he is strong.

Jesus loves me—loves me still,
Though I’m very weak and ill;
From his shining throne on high,
Comes to watch me where I lie.

Jesus loves me—he will stay,
Close beside me all the way.
Then his little child will take,
Up to heaven for his dear sake.



14 features tonal parallel intervals, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.


15 features experiment with intersecting color (middle mixture color) that would have been more successful using paper instead of ink; the result was too murky. According to Albers this exercise should illustrate a new deception the “fluting effect” found in a Doric column, which shows the illusion of volume. Fluting in architecture is the shallow grooves running vertically along a surface. The term typically refers to the grooves running on a column shaft or a pilaster, but need not necessarily be restricted to those two applications.


16 features trail bead motif, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.



17 features letterform “Q” with eye bead motif, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Shakespeare’s ability to create linguistic imagery established a symbolic connection between the color of green and the emotion of envy, yet green is also the color of paradise… the garden… growth… and the emergence of spring:

Merchant of Venice (II,ii,108) “How all the other passions fleet to air, As doubtful thoughts, and rash-embraced despair, And shuddering fear, the green-ey’d jealousy.”

Iago in Othello (III,iii,165) “O! beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-et’d monster which doth mock The meat feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger; But, O! what damned minute tells he o’er Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet soundly loves.”


18 features Yerushalmi letterform of “tzadi” with trail bead motif, designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.


19 features Sephardi letterform of ‘kopf” with ancient eye bead designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.


20 features Tibetan letterform of “tsa” with ancient eye bead motif designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.


“One catfish does not make a creek make, nor one hero a nation,” words by The Iconoclast, and image by Meredith Eliassen, 2018.

Catfish Notecard


Some flow’rets of Eden ye still inherit, but the trail of the serpent is over them all.” Words by Thomas Moore from Lalla-Rookh (1817). The name Lalla Rookh or Lala-Rukh means “tulip cheeked” and is an endearment frequently used in Persian poetry. Tulip design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

The dragged trail bead motif is a pattern on glass that is created when a contrasting color is trailed onto a base color in parallel lines then an instrument is used to drag the trail in a perpendicular direction with a combing motion. This is a feather design where the dragging alternates up and down.


Photograph of dragged trail bead.






“Grace went searching for the first couple who dared to open their eyes in Eden.” Poem called “Evolution” by Gabriel Zaid and imaginary “Eden” designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.




“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right heart within me.” Words from Psalms 51: 10, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.


LIFE * TRUTH * LOVE designed by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.