Handmade books. Recycling everyday packaging.

April 14th, 2014

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I love to recycle packaging, junk mail and advertising materials into books

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I like the freedom of designing my books as I make them, discovering ideas along the the way

 

 

 

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Its amazing how much packaging can be saved over time

 

 

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For this book I used cereal packaging with a peephole and pasta boxes with acetate windows for the interior pages

 

 

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and sealed the pages with white Gesso

 

 

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only on one side because I liked the dark look of the cardboard ( later I painted them with Parisian essence to age )

 

 

 

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On the cover I used double sided tape to stick down the tabs

 

 

 

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to make it more sturdy

 

 

 

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The little window will have something inside

 

 

 

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Taking a load of baguette bags I bought back from France

 

 

 

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I scrunched them up into balls and wrinkled them

 

 

 

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opened them up and stuck them to the cover packaging with pva glue

 

 

 

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This gave the cover an oldish feel with a lovely rough texture.French text shows through the window

 

 

 

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I covered the inside with some French text from a 1900′s magazine, stamping and my hand drawn doodle drawings.

 

 

 

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I didn’t like the brightness of the gessoed pages so aged them with washes of Parisian essence

 

 

 

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When dry I cut off some of side flaps from the inside pages saving them for tags and pockets later

 

 

 

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I didn’t have an awl to make the holes for binding the book, instead I used a hammer and nail. It worked fine

 

 

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I punched 3 rows of holes weaving in and out with cotton mop thread

 

 

 

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leaving a tail inside I then plaited the threads and added a piece cardboard for a bead thing

 

 

 

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The extra holes seen were a mistake and can be covered up with more baguette paper and glue later

 

 

 

 

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Side flaps on some of the pages hold piles of water colour papers for collage and drawing

 

 

 

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They are tied with cotton mop thread

 

 

 

 

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The loose water colour papers are white and hand dyed with Parisian essence

 

 

 

 

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See through windows add more interest

 

 

 

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Pockets and string hold found papers and tags. The book is still not finished and I will probably add more tags and pockets

 

 

 

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Toggles were sewn on the front with a string to close

 

 

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This book has a Japanese feel to it and measures 24 x19cm. 5 pockets hold 40 pieces of water colour paper with another 12 pages. Some have windows.

I try to keep on top of my collecting by making something with the packaging every few weeks.

What do you make from your junk?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traces Left Behind. Drawing. My Brother.

March 29th, 2014

Couldn’t get out of bed this morning after a rough night’s sleep.

 

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Instead, I grabbed my old Pilot mechanical pencil and did some little drawings on an old book cover I rescued from hard garbage.

 

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My drawings are intuitive and spontaneous. Using construction type marks, I like to pull apart things and go back to the beginning to find the essence.

 

 

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I leave traces of where I’ve just been. Much like the traces left behind in the environment from nature, human beings and all living creatures.

 

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Sometimes, when drawing, I remember my childhood when I used to watch my older brother draw plans for buildings, real and imaginary. When he was at work I would go into his room and look for ages at the drawings on graph paper and in lined exercise books.

 

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Today my brother is a very creative builder, cabinet maker and teacher and 50 years later, I still love to watch him draw his plans and architectural ideas on bits of paper. They are so precise, detailed and unique.

 

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Where does drawing take you ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat Wave. QR Codes. Astronomy. Technology.

March 12th, 2014

Work in progress… Sculpture installation

 

Heat wave Melbourne. Australia. 11/02/2014

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no electricity

 

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moon space through glass windows

 

 

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iphone in pocket

 

 

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QR code tells more

 

 

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boxed up

 

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getting there

 

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The Travelling Artist

March 8th, 2014

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Wherever I go I like to have all my art materials in one place encase I need to jot down an idea, or for when I get that creative burst.

 

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So, when I found this old case I knew exactly what I would do with it. I made myself a personal art kit for when I go out and about. I keep this case in my car and it goes everywhere with me. I also have a smaller kit for when I travel overseas. This kit is much lighter so I can collect art materials along the way

 

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It has everything I need for drawing, painting, collage, photo transfer, stamping and writing

In Transit series of collages

 

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Acrylic paints and ink in a pouch my daughter gave me

 

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Chalk in a vintage medical tin

 

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Water colour paints, coloured pencils and double sided tape

 

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Brushes for painting, pens for drawing and writing, felt pens, graphite pencils, knife, scissors and glue stick for collage

 

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Paint swatches

 

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Collage papers in a plastic pouch.  Mixed lot of vintage and newer papers

 

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Hand- dyed coffee filters, vintage wallpaper, labels and book pages

 

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Stained printed matter and newer papers

 

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Old music prayer book

 

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1932 school book full of hand drawn  world maps

 

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1960s New Idea magazine for cutting

 

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Old advertising

 

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Vintage encyclopeadia pages sealed with a layer of translucent gesso paint

 

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A book of hand-made French paper

 

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Small canvas boards and palette, matt and gloss medium for collage, painting & transfers

 

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Mini stamping kit in old cigar tin

 

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Stamp pad, tiny rubber text stamps in matchbox, stamp holder and tweezers

 

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I also carry a selection of my hand made artist books in progress to work in.

 

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My books are made from found papers, junk mail, advertising

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used envelopes, cereal boxes and food packaging

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Embellished with used clothing labels, tags, stamps, stickers, pen ,ink and found fabric scraps

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sewn with thread or wire and filled with whatever else I find in my travels

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It’s amazing how much I can fit into the case

 

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Do you have a portable art kit ?  Id love to hear about whats in your art kit in the comment section below.

You can see my artwork here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Landfill Project” needs 100 more artists

March 7th, 2014

“The Landfill Project”, needs to very rapidly acquire approximately 100 more artists to reach their goal. Over 1,000 artists, comprising all 50 states and 53 countries, are already working on The Landfillart Project.

 

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Letters from the Border – Jenny Davis

“I chose to be part of this project in 2008 because I believe in the power of art to move… to encourage change ‘This’ project demonstrates ‘The Power of Art’ to pass on important concerns about our fragile ecological state whilst giving examples of how we can recycle and reuse in creative ways”

 

 

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Letters from the Border is part of series Jenny has been working on for years. This piece is a collage of images taken from her collection. It includes 2003 emails she received from a US soldier when he was on the border in Kuwait, waiting to invade Iraq. He described the constant multiple bombings, the daily life of his troops and photos of what he saw around him.

 

 

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One photo, the little flower, represented the hope in the dusty dry dessert. After several months of correspondence, Jenny never heard from him again and has been unable to locate him.

 

 

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