Some time ago during a super energetic session of paste-paper making, I ended up creating several tapestry like patterned works on both sides of cotton rag paper. The other day I got in the mood for some straight forward bookbinding activity and one of those paste papers gave me the inspiration and excuse to create this art journal. dimensions: 8 x 8 x 1", five hole pamphlet binding variation signatures: Rives lightweight and other art papers linen cord, PVA, satin ribbon
When I was a child sunflowers meant summer and sunflower seeds! I remember watching the giant flowers growing so very tall, turning their faces towards the sun, then bending, looking down while their brilliant yellows disappeared, their centers' surface changing into a rough world of black seeds... That's when I knew summer was over, winter was near, and the golden glory of the tall flowers just a memory of a season gone.
The flowers in these photographs are store bought and much smaller than the sunflowers of my homeland, but still evoking my childhood's emotional associations. Only in this different age, in this different landscape and reality I can capture moments of their life's cycle to illustrate my mind's stories of summers long gone.
These photographs are examples of "work time" becoming "play time".
While photographing this paper structure I folded some time ago, I became a child playing with a brand new toy! I got so excited discovering so many more forms and shapes I had initially aimed for, I just couldn't stop refolding, reshaping, looking through my camera lenses, being amazed...
No. I don't keep a journal of my dreams, just notes... scribbles actually, that often become real drawings! When I look at those scribbly notes of mine, sometimes I don't recognize their source; other times figures and situations become once again vivid scenes that beckon me to join their dance in an absurd moving landscape.
It is a very hot and wet summer, and my garden truly loves it!
Everything is in a blooming frenzy, bees and butterflies are constantly around and I have to admire all this magic from a distance. Despite all the protection I take, the mosquitos are after me, attacking me en mass; as a result going outside to check and photograph my plants has become an agonizing, painful and itchy experience.
So here my solution/consolation; bringing the blooms in, and using scanography to record their intense beauty and discover their silk chiffon like softness and preciousness still intense at the end of their lives, at the very end of a summer day.
I am super excited to have my cyanotype works in print!
These works were created several months ago, they were exhibited in the beginning of this year, which means that for me -the artist- their chapter has really closed. Now days I am immersed in new rhythms and new creative rides, and I was totally surprised by the strong connection I still felt while designing this book. The sense of my deep commitment towards that project was alive again, and the realization of the effort and the emotions I invested in its development... startling!
I will be happy to hear from you, your comments and thoughts on this type of work presented in this type of book.
Talk to you soon.
I love books and all things related to paper and paper art... In this blog I present examples of my own artists' books, works on paper and with paper, and all sorts of arty "views" that make me stop, reflect and smile...