Creating this structure felt very similar to draping fabric around a mannequin/creating a garment! My fashion design past came alive, the spinning sensation while waiting for the show to start, the models to enter, the collection to become alive for that short time of dreamy floating eternity...
"fully bloomed" is a paper sculpture composed by a variety of traditional printing methods monotypes as well as computer generated patterns and imagery on coffee filters, draped, layered and incorporated into a folded reclaimed book.
The reason behind this digital transformation of a folded book sculpture? My Valentine's Day wish! Yes, I wish everyone in the world of book arts, artists' books, art on paper, ART in all forms and fronts... a very Happy Valentine's Day!
left: book sculptures as centerpieces for INPRINT's Poets and Writers Ball - Houston Country Club, February 7, 2015 I designed and folded six book sculptures to be used for this event. Some are now available at Hooks Epstein Galleries, Houston, Texas.
Yesterday I came upon a video demonstration of the Japanese technique of paper yarn making, and had to try it! So I got some paper, and followed Susan Byrd's amazing instructions and voilà! I managed to form some very yummy looking stringy lengths that I am totally thrilled with. Of course I couldn't just stop there, I had to photograph the stages of transformation and before I knew it... my straight forward images were changing into imaginary white worlds... Susan Byrd's video was posted on Facebook, at: Paper Threads, Yarns and Textiles. You can access it there.
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...
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...