Patty Arnold, Designer

Patty Arnold, Book Designer

Patty Arnold, Menagerie Design

PATTY ARNOLD is the owner of Menagerie
Design and Publishing–a small company
specializing in book production. She has a
BFA in sculpture and printmaking, a BS in
Graphic Communications and an MFA in
Photography and Digital Imaging. She also
teaches Graphic Design, Typography and
Digital Arts at the local community college
and is an exhibiting photographer.

You can view her fine art at and her design projects at

"Calligraphy of Walls"

"The Calligraphy of Walls"

The Calligraphy of Walls

by Patty Arnold

Walking along the scraped, scratched, graffittied walls of Viet Nam, I am struck by their relationship to the palimpsest pages of illuminated manuscripts—the simplest definition being a manuscript that has been scraped and reused. The photographs in this series are printed on rice paper in the manuscript page size of 6″ x 10″. The palimpsest process is extended with hand painting using mixed media: pencil, charcoal, sumi ink, gold leaf, acrylics and watercolor—making each print unique. The images carry faint traces of inscriptions from an earlier time. Reading, language and interpretation is open*.

* misericordia Domini inter pontem et fontent; “the glories of the Possible are ours”

  • The Emma Lea Books

Book Reviews

This is a very special book about family traditions, bonding and growing up. The story of Emma Lea is delightful. If you like Fancy Nancy, you will love Emma Lea. ~ ~ ~ Jill Vanderwood
This is a wonderful story of a little girl's dream with the magic lamp. To my delight, it combines fantasy with family values and reality. My granddaughter loves it. ~ ~ ~ Marianne Kummell
Both the watercolors and the well thought out story are beautifully done. I liked the fact that Emma Lea's best friend is a boy. I appreciated that logical explanations were given to the little girl for the wishes being "granted" and how she realizes the teapot not actually being "magic" didn't make it any less "special". ~ ~ ~ K. Lio
Oh, I do love these books. They are perfect for an afternoon read with a cuddly grandchild. Lots of information and the art work is enchanting. ~ ~ ~ Judy Wright
Babette Donaldson tells this story with a beauty and sparseness that mimics the rituals of the ceremony and Jerianne Van Dijk illustrates the scenes with an impressionistic style, drawing the reader into the folds of Emma Lea's kimono and into the tea house with purity, tranquility, and harmony. ~ ~ ~ Ginger Manley
I read Emma Lea's Tea Party and was immediately moved to send it to my niece Emma. She is 4 years old. She absolutely loves the book and thinks it is about her. Such a beautiful tale with illustrations to match. A little girl can weave fantasies about this book. I can hardly wait until the next Emma Lea book! ~ ~ ~ Penny Hastings
This story brings to life family traditions and the value of giving 'real' and meaningful gifts from the heart. It also shows the importance of family in creating great moments in a child's life. I read this to my 5 year old niece, and both she and her mother were captivated by the story. ~ ~ ~ Carol Scuderi
This book takes a look at tranquility, purity, harmony, and respect taught through the experiences of the Chanoyu tea ceremony. I know that this book will be infused into the study my students do of the Japanese culture. Once again the author and illustrator together have created a beautiful keepsake book for children. ~ ~ ~ J. Gilmour
I really enjoyed this book with my little girl because I felt it introduced children to "helping out" and lets them know just because we have to do chores and make preparations, even for tea parties, that it doesn't mean we can't have fun while doing so and the biggest lesson to be learned from Emma Lea's Tea With Daddy is that spending time together is the most important gift of all!

Author, Babette Donaldson

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