images: a journey through both of my books
Another #creativetuesday is here and I thought I'd share my 2 latest creations - 'found-papers' artists books. This comes from enjoying time on the PaperLove course.
There are reams of collected, hoarded, squirreled and folded papers that fill the many crevices of my home. I love the touch, feel, even smell of paper. Paper with history; paper with substance; paper that holds potential; paper that needs intervention and paper that tells a story.
Gathered here are different sized pieces from:
- vintage book pages (blank)
- vintage art catalogue page
- hand-made paper
- watercolour paper
- cartridge paper
- tracing paper
- brown kraft paper
- Somerset paper
- a photocopy
- magazine page
- screen prints I've done
Assembled by size, weight, texture, interest and stitched together using waxed linen thread.
I used these as 'vessels for ideas' - I love that notion! Once made, I started to work in to the pages. There are some layers of collage with varying paperloves of mine, then I re-discovered my spray paint and whole pages became blanked out in a coat of black and the occasional strip of black releasing alternative narratives within an image.
This may well be a new way to feed my work and project ideas: sketchbooks with context and history i.e. I didn't simply walk in to a shop and buy a sketchbook! I love things that have a patina of age, of being handled, of well, so many stories.
Some images from magazines, postcards and other sources, I covet so much, that to copy and include seems a good way to view and play without 'ruining' the original. Sometimes I live in fear of 'ruining' an original of something because the image, the paper, the whole 'idea' holds so much potential, and once I have done something to it, I may be committing it to a final symbolism, or existence, coded once and for all and no longer open to many possibilities....
In fact screen printing works well for this challenge, and I will be including some of my creations here soon for a #creativetuesday.
What projects, ideas, loves, passions, creations have you been working on, or tinkering with? What materials does it involve? What images on your camera, or notes in your sketchbook? (Yes, photos, words and squiggles are included too!) Do share with a link (URL) to your online home or place where images or words exist for those of us here to peak at :)
Instagram & Paris
I am off to Paris this week - if anyone has recommendations of where to visit, do let me know. I will be posting some of my adventures on instagram, so if you're not already following (and want to), head over here for more: https://instagram.com/ameliacritchlow/
It is my intention to use instagram (more) as a way of adding snippets of my day-to-day life with a considered and artistic touch. I love photography as much as paper, and, well, lots of other art techniques.
Oh, and I am loving the links, connnections, and richness that is forming over on my paper | texture | form board on Pinterest (you might want to peak ;) ) Or start your own board....