Artists’ Books Love

Today i’m looking for a little booky inspiration.

I’m in the process of constructing all five of my books… and they’re coming along pretty wonderfully… but i’m turning to Pinterest for a little added inspiration to make sure i’m keeping up with the best!

So, thought i would share with you some of my favourites :)

(Oh, and for all image credits and many many more book examples, check out my Artist’s Books Pinterest board)

This one’s a library i’d very much like to visit: “from the wooden library at Alnarp, Sweden ~ there are 217 volumes in the set. This specific xylothek was made in Nurmburg, Germany from 1805-1810. Each book is made from the wood of a specific tree or shrub and contains specimens pertaining to that variety as well as a written description, biology, and practical use.” actual tree books… sounds divine.

Book love.

Got any great book ideas/examples? Throw them at me!

Chloe out.

The Early Years: what led me down my creative path…

Last night i updated my website.

I created a new gallery called The Early Years. It was just going to be some of the work that i did at school, but it turned into me chronicling the creative path that led me to where i am now.

The images in the gallery are the all the works i did at school that i’m still proud of now, and hopefully soon i’ll add some photos of the even earlier years (i’ve just emailed my mum asking her to dig out some old photos and artwork i made when i was little… so stay tuned for that!).

You can visit the story here: The Early Years, but i’ll post it as a blog here…

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I’ve always loved art and making things.

Colouring books, plastering my face with mummy’s lipstick, copious amounts of glittery doodles tacked to the fridge were the favourites of three-year-old me.

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Steadily I moved on to more painty type things, with the odd doodle here and there. I have a wonderful mother who would book me parties at Doodles and other crafty things. Who bought me craft kits and let me mess up my desk with paint and scribbles and encouraged creative opportunities wherever they presented themselves. I have two creative parents, neither of them artists but entrepreneurs and creators of their own dreams. I can’t thank them enough for understanding that my art will not always be something that they understand and encouraging me regardless of this.

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The school they picked out for me ultimately had a huge influence on where I am now, and luckily for me it had a great art department and contained two teachers who would initiate my love for making things and telling stories. At school I started to write (I cringe now looking back at those stories and poems but they were the start of my love for storytelling). Reading was where I would escape to when life around me got a little messy and being able to write down the stories in my own mind was just the most glorious thing in my whole world.

It wasn’t until taking up art in senior school that I combined my love for art and my love for storytelling together. At school you’re always pushed to produce photo-perfect renderings of still lives and fruit bowls, but in the A level course our understandings of art were expanded and our first project was to create an installation.

I’d never really made anything artsy, other than toilet roll tube castles and friendship bracelets, and I created something I was immensely proud of (see Untitled (Out of Nature)) and something that would instil the urge to make things within me for life. I also owe a lot to my art teacher who noticed this, he supported me in pursuing the sculptural side of my creativity. He also ran the photography course, and told me I had an eye for it; I believed him.

The other teachers were keen to see drawings and without his encouragements this path I have taken wouldn’t have been revealed until a lot further down the road, so thank you Mr.Adair.

And thank you Mr.Intihar; perhaps the most enigmatic teacher I have ever come across. I don’t remember ever doing all that much in his classes, but I learned so much. He managed to teach without teaching, he read things, and shared things with us and simply talked to us. I discovered my favourite book in that class, Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood, and was inspired to take it out of the classroom and into the art I was creating at the same time (see Cat’s Eye). Thank you Mr.Intihar, you wonderfully bizarre, banjo-playing, Canadian, for infusing that love for storytelling further than words on a page that I still carry in me today.

It’s amazing the things and the people that change your lives in small but colossal ways.

 

Chloe out.

DCA Bookbinding (Part 6/6)

Was rather sad when the final session came around :( It was such a nice wee course, with lovely people. Thanks for a lovely six weeks lovely people :) and thank you Emma for putting up with us all :)

Well. Last session. Last book.

This time, Japanese Atlas Structure. A fun and pretty simple little book that we whipped up in a couple of hours.

Commonly this book is used to contain atlases into a small book… but i’ve gone for pages from an old book! I think a wee book like this would make a wonderful travel companian, each little segment of book could contain a different piece of your trip; stick in notes, tickets, photos, etc. So that’s kind of what i’m going for in mine… i’m going to make it into a memento of my 21st birthday (which i still need to post about!).

Anyway, step 1: gather your paper. Four sheets for the inner pages, and then something to cover the boards with.

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Here are a few shots of the folding procedures for the inner sections…

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Did that make sense? So, your folding it long ways in on itself in half, with a little gap left in the middle. Then you’re doing the same the other way and leaving a slightly bigger gap in the middle.

Do this with all four sections. Use the first one as a guide, as this will ensure they are all the same size.

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Flatten the folded edges using a bone folder.

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Mark out and cut your board. It needs to fit one edge (ie. the bound edge) exactly, but can be a little bigger on the other three edges.

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Cover your boards. We made cushioned boards, ie. only the inside edges you see here are glued, the front is not, therefore giving it a cushioned effect. But… i’m always one for encouraging creativity, so go wild with your cover!!

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This strip of paper is the binding. Cut it to fit the side of your board, and fold as shown (ensuring you have enough valleys for your sections).

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Glue the two edges to your two cover boards. Hold tightly shut while the glue dries.

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Then glue in each section. Sections are glued to each other, not the binding. So the first section is glued to the cover, the next section is glued to that first section, and so on until you have a finished book… oh and top tip with this is to hold it tightly shut for about an hour or so until it is completely dry to avoid any movements in the binding and…..

ta-dah!

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Well this wee course has filled me with a love for a handmade book and i can say i don’t think i’ll ever buy a sketchbook again (unless it is truly superly awesome)!

Now all i’ve got to do is whip up five artist’s books for each of my Lexicon collections…….. no bother!!!….

See you on the other side…

Chloe out.

Faery Wings Photoshoot Moodboard

As mentioned in my little update post i’m sharing my moodboard for my Faery Wings photoshoot that will (*fingers crossed* i get my pieces finished in time) hopefully take place this weekend (weather permitting of course!).

I have a location: the wooded area around Newbattle Abbey. These wonderful woods are a short walk away from my home, and therefore an area i have explored well… i know all the best bits! There is something so magical and faery-like about the woods; the trees and moss and birds twittering in the trees, dew drops on weird and wonderful lichens, strange mushrooms and the earthen floor littered with leaves that crackle as tiny animals scitter through them. Perfect.

Now… i just need a look!

Magical. Earthy faery girl mixed with airy light silver jewellery… the dark colours of my hair and the greens and browns of the woods will contrast so wonderfully with my shining silver pieces… and hopefully the weather will be lovely and sunny so the silver shines even brighter.

 

I’m having a little Pinterest session and will post some of the best images here:

 

This. This image says it all. I will be wearing white, i will use a multitude of unusual poses, keep the image soft and mysterious, i want to use trees as props; raise myself off the ground as the wings would. Magic.

I’ve bought a white lace top/bodysuit thing for this shoot (and i also have a netted tutu and white lace stockings, ivory ballet shows, white lace gloves, a white glittery shrug and white ribbon… so i’ll experiment with outfit combinations). This image captures an intimate delicacy that i hope to achieve.

The gaze in the eyes of this woman is captivating… must remember to use the correct range of facial expressions! I also like the twigged crown in her hair… using twigs and foliage in my hair might add an interesting earth faery element to my photos.

I like the idea of using glitter. Maybe it will just be sprinkled in my hair and makeup… but this shot is stunning. Hrmm… i’ll take some with me and see what happens!

Good faery makeup is a must. I plan to keep it quite natural… but add a little sparkle here and there!

Hair styling is also vital, especially as my headpiece relies on it to stay in! Messy faery hair is essential… and a braided element around the front/side is crucial to the wear-ability of my headpiece. I also need to assure my ears remain relatively clear of hair for when wearing the ear cuffs.

 

(Visit my pinterest page for more images, as well as the credits for all of these glorious shots (or click on the images))

 

See you on the other side…

Chloe out.

A little update.

I’ve not blogged all the much, or even tweeted or instagramed much of my progress with Lexicon for the past wee while.

I’ve had a funny few weeks were, although i’m really excited about what i’m doing, i’ve lacked overall motivation and fallen into a little streak of apathy….. well, i’ve pulled myself together in the past few days, worked out a plan of action and locked all my alarms for 8am sharp! Work work work is the key, and if i can just keep up with my mind full of ideas my degree show might just be as awesome as i picture it in my brain… *fingers crossed*

 

So, ramble over. A little progress update:

 

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Mossycoat was put a little bit on the back burner, as i was unhappy with the piece i had made; it just didn’t have the awesome-factor i was hoping for. But after a wee soul-searching walk out into my local mossy wooded area, and a good few nights with pints of tea and frantic Pinteresting i have come up with a better idea. I’ve started drawing again and i’ve put in some orders for materials…. and i’m going to be annoyingly coy and not tell you the plans! All will be revealed soon (check out my Mossycoat Pinterest board for a little more clarity on what i might be talking about)! When my materials arrive i’ll start practicing and post a post of samples and thoughts. Stay tuned…

 

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Faery Wings has been progressing slowly but surely. The photos above are instagram teasers of the final pieces i’m working on. If i work really hard this week, and get lucky (ie. nothing goes wrong!) i should have the pieces finished for the weekend. I have enough samples now that i know exactly what i’m doing. I’ve got three pieces (three = one for each line of the haiku) on the go, a head piece, an ear cuff and a bracelet/arm piece. Each one is a magical fantasy, using my drawings and beautiful translucent airy materials i should be able to capture the essence of the Faery Wings haiku. It would be great if the pieces were ready for the weekend because i could do the photoshoot for them when i’m home at the weekend (weather permitting of course)! I’m going to collect a load of images together this week and i’ll post a photoshoot moodboard here. I might keep the finished pieces a secret until after the shoot!! Oh, and i’ve been working away at the book too. I’ll post a post about that sometime in the week too. Stay tuned…

 

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane has been filling my mind with wondrous ideas. A posted a wee introduction to this story a while ago, but i’ll post you some of my doodles and drawings sometime this week. I’m still in the drawing stages (see above) at the moment, but when Faery Wings is complete i’ll start experimenting away with the Hunger Birds… i have plans! Stay tuned…

 

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The Little Mermaid is also still in the drawing stages. This mini-collection is going to feature wonderful new technology. CAD drawing and 3D printing! Oh my! I’m still playing around with Rhino and figuring out how things work… as well as thinking how the printed/cast pieces are going to work with my etchings and beadings. I’ll introduce you to this story and my thoughts surrounding it sometime this week and i’ll also post about my developments and researchings into CAD and 3D printing and laser sintering and casting and all those brilliant things that make me go oooo! Stay tuned…

 

 

Coin-Operated Boy ideas are just filling up all the spaces in my head! I’ll introduce ya’ll to this song and the reasons why i choose it and why it’s my favourite Amanda Palmer song. For me, this will be the most important piece i make… the song means so much to me so it’s vital that i get the representation right. I made a prototype for the idea i have the other day. It’s awesome. I’m so excited about this piece. I’m getting excited already but writing the post…. oooo….. stay tuned…

 

So, that was a ramble about what i’m up to with my five stories. Many a blog post coming soon… much work to do! Excited. Nervous. Love it.

And i’ll be re-iterating all of that tomorrow to my tutor and then again on Tuesday to my other tutor. I’ve not spoken to them in a while, so it’ll be nice to see if i’m heading in the right direction… or not……. what do you think about all i’m planning?!

See you soon!

Chloe out.