Friday, October 31, 2008

I've found a cracker for you today!

Shaz Mandani
What is a Pound Worth?

Look What You've Got

Proposal campaign for Arctic Paper

Also, some more paper related blogs for you to look at. Found via. Crust Station.
- All About Papercutting
- Origami Blog
- Of Paper and Things

Have a lovely weekend!

P.S. I am still convinced that all of my pictures are getting cut in half, maybe it's just my computer?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Deconstructed Artichoke Press

Love Poems

The Tourist

Disconnecting Constellations

Yesterday I posted about some artists' books I had found on Etsy. Among them were a couple of pieces by Nikki Thompson of Deconstructed Artichoke Press, and I just wanted to share a few more of her beautifully constructed and innovative book works. You can buy them from her webite or her Etsy shop.

Nikki's artist's statement, taken from the Deconstructed Artichoke Press website-

Sometimes an artist writes or draws or constructs herself out of existence. It's not suicide really. She just got herself so deeply involved in the work that she lost track of reality and forgot how to get back. The artist kept making and remaking until she found the heart of her own story.

As an artist I condense, until I've pared away all the excess, and only disjuncture and abstraction are left. All the flesh has rotted away and only the skeleton remains. The viewer/reader can wrap the leftover bones in anything: brown paper bags, silk, memory. When the artist gives the reader the flesh of the work, there are no hidden places to explore, no questions to ask, no connections to make. Both my working process and my artist's books consist of layers and layers that must be picked at, like the leaves of an artichoke with a heart at the center.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Etsy Artists' Books

Stastictical Analysis of The Things That Happen But Don't Matter and everything else - Fun is Cool
And one of mine (wince, sorry), Conversations with Painters - available in my Etsy Shop, Two Hidden Heads.

Why Do Birds - Dolly Drops
Book Artist Blues is a whimsical little book made from a single sheet of paper, folded and cut into an accordion, from Deconstructed Artichoke Press.

A Contemplation on the Obsessive Nature of Time is a series of 12 flipbooks, one for each month of the year. The images show the progressive growth of a surreal plant. January's seed ends in December with a strange collaged plant, a pocket watch dropping from between the petals. The images are based on Julio Cortazar's prose poems "Preamble to the Instructions on How to Wind a Watch" and "Instructions on How to Wind a Watch."
- also from Deconstructed Artichoke Press.

Cathy Streeter

Rejection Paper, double sided print, A4

A self referential work of trompe l'oeil presenting shifting points of view and double-takes. A reordering of an everyday phenomena, presenting tension and conflict as the subject image is re-presented back onto itself.

I love this piece of work so much, that it's the only one I'm posting today. On a related subject, please have a look at Julian Beever's BREATHTAKING pavement drawings here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A few artists to take a look at...

Jane Hyslop

Paul Salt

Boxed, bottled and booked works reappraise and explore our interdependent relationship with nature and the landscape. My work falls into specific areas of interest, each containing a series of books. TAKING THE WATERS - BEACH DRIFTING - RIVER THINKING - PLACE

Jenny Smith
Jenny Smith works in the mediums of drawing, painting, print, artists books and video. Her work explores the relationship between form, process and concept. She creates processes that reflect a particular place or moment in time. Described as "deceptively simple", this work is subtle, meditative and pared down, yet holds unexpected surprises when observed in close proximity.

P.S. Is something going wrong with my blog? All the pictures seem to be getting cut in half lately.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Afroditi Krassa

I'm posting like crazy today...

Pretty Big Wallpaper - beautiful wallpaper with mirror silhouettes.

Malin Bjorklund

Everything is patterned. The work consists of drawings, rolls of drawings, a rice paper screen, a bedroom with hand-drawn wallpaper, printed fabrics, dresses, and finally a collection of patterns. They are originals and reproductions and their function is multiple; the hand-drawn rolls can be one- off wallpaper, mass-produced or cut into sections of choice.

Drawing, repetition and transition are methods to develop my work. I think of my practice as the production of hybrids; it either contains several components or develops as an offspring of an original idea. Hybrids are usually associated with the natural world of plants and animals, which are also a source of influence. Through repetition the drawing gradually evolves, and creates pattern.


Jamie Karoses

"I have found my place and voice in the beautifully flawed work of the human hand."

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Isaac Tobin

Isaac Tobin is a senior designer at the University of Chicago Press. On his website you can see a selection of his book covers, type designs, book interiors and other sketchbook work and collage.

Found via the wonderful collage blog Not Paper.

Friday, October 17, 2008