Posts Tagged ‘handmade books’

Old Clothes. Re-Cycling. Art Making.

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Before, I throw anything away, I like to see if I can use it in my creative ideas. Not only am I dealing with issues concerning, over- consumption, re- cycling & renewing, I also love using the found material and always have a ready supply of art materials available.

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Recently, I acquired a large amount of men’s ties, I’m pulling apart, to create abstract paintings.

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I also have 3 wardrobes of old clothing, I’m slowly, using to make textile art pieces, books and more. The physical act of pulling apart and de-constructing my own clothing, connects me to the textures, memories and history of the piece. The materials are then, made into new ideas, re- introduced and re- valued.

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Paper packaging, used coffee filters, table napkins and clothing dyed and baked in coffee, tea and rust

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Vintage jumpers, jeans and shirts, torn and cut ready for book-making and other projects

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Artwork in progress using scraps of vintage sheer curtain and upholstery material, rust dyed.

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Collaborative Art Project.

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

The original “No Yes” book below is now finished after 2 collaborative swaps with Australian artist Jack Oudyn

Please see previous post on “Collaborative Art”

1st swap with my marks only

 

2nd swap with Jacks marks and we both decided it was finished!

 

It has an oriental feel to it.

Coming up soon, the other finished artist book!

 

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Collaborative Art. Artist Books.

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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We mostly think of artists working alone in a studio to produce works of art but, artists have also been working collaboratively, in groups and partnerships for centuries, even in the Renaissance. Now with technology, it’s even easier to connect and work with other creative people.

 

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Lately, I have been working on a collaborative arts project with Australian artist Jack Oudyn using a couple of little handmade books I created .

 

 

 

The books are sent by snail- mail back and forth to each other. We then, work on each page, the reverse sides or, add to each others marks and collage, until we are both satisfied with the piece.

We will then, colour photocopy the book and both have a copy, or keep an original each.

After 2 collaborative swaps the book below is still a work in progress. Today, I created more marks and will send it off  to Jack, for more additions or thoughts on the project.

 

I find it lots of fun and liberating working in this way, as well as, a bit scary. You never know if you will connect with each others mark- making and make the piece, work for both artists.

You can see the “No Yes” book finished here…

 

 

 

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Handmade Books. Recycling.

Monday, 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?

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The artists are taking over…

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The Artists are taking over…If you are heading to the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia to check out  The Archibald Prize at  Tarra Warra Museum of Art , don’t forget to pop into the thriving township of  Healesville.

Healesville is full of many quaint little cafes, restaurants, bakeries’ hotels, specialist delis, selling local gourmet foods and wines, second-hand /antique shops and eateries.

Recently the artists have taken over the town with the opening of many new spaces and galleries showcasing local artists and artisan’s wares.

One such space is “Artists Lounge” This shop is a real treat. A new corner gallery that has a Contemporary/Industrial feel to it. My favourite thing at “Artist’s Lounge” is the long black chalk wall running right along one side of the building, where you can make your mark amongst the contemporary artworks on display.

Friendly, Ali and Billy who run the space, have jam packed it with unique Contemporary art from the local Yarra Valley artists. You can browse the paintings and sculpture, but there is also an eclectic array of affordable, artsy items created by the artists.

I saw some lovely pieces of wearable art with handmade books, badges, cards, recycled arts, pottery, textile pieces, silk scarves, felting, and jewellery.

For the creative, they also sell high quality artist supplies and gorgeous papers to die for. If they don’t have what you are looking for they will order it for you.

So, grab yourself a cup of Billy’s delicious coffee and soak up the atmosphere and gorgeous things at “Artist’s Lounge” in Healesville

“Artist’s Lounge”
222 Maroondah Highway, Healesville.
Open Wednesday to-Sunday 10.30am -4.30pm
Phone 59625150
Email artistslounge.com.au
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