I’ve been waiting for the Pop Up Now II Show to open at 23 Sandy Gallery to share with you the “How To” books about Pop Ups that I keep in my studio. I had planned to tell you about those books with you in this week’s blog post but now, as I’m editing the post, I realize I’m out of time. So, here is the first part of two parts:
One of the many great things that Laura Russell and her staff do with shows is build a beautiful online catalog of all the work in each show. Although I try to go in person, and had hoped to go this time, a sick cat means I have to enjoy the books from afar. Grab your favorite beverage and take a moment, or an hour or two, to wander through the amazing books in this show. And, it’s not too late to go in person, the show is open until December 17th.
Some of my favorites, although very hard to choose, include Bettina Pauly’s Grimm’s Fairy Tale Theatre “Hansel and Gretel”, A Different Kind of Carousel by Jihae Kwon, The Day I Met George by Don Drake, and Uri Mwita Mama by Judy Sgantas.
And, for only $25 you can get a full color Exhibition Catalog for your collection. I just ordered mine today.
And now that I’ve enjoyed the pop-up books in 23 Sandy gallery show, I’ve got to get back in the studio. So, next week I’ll share with you the Pop Up “How To” Books I keep on my bookshelf.
Until then, have a good week.
Don Drake, who is the artist at Dreaming Mind, recently completed an edition of So Different. When I saw the book, I loved his very creative and thought-provoking use of “white” paint chips. I’ve looked at a lot of paint chips and I’d never thought of using them in this way. But then that is what makes art so wonderful, many of us can look at the same starting materials and create such different art. Today is the last post about art using paint chips. From boxes, to flag book flags, to exploring perception of color.
Don says of his book, So Different:
“So Different was sparked by a routine conflict with a friend and the subconscious urges to forgive and punish that bubbled up. The result was a cycle of 4 short poems. I read them as psychic autopsies; an opportunity to stand aside and view the paradoxical logic the us-and-them. Paint chips seemed a perfect illustration for these character studies. Their subtle hues only take on real meaning when placed in a context and their names are crafted to evoke emotion and memory.”
Have you made art using paint chips? Feel free to post a link to your work in the comments section.
Isn’t it funny that the moment your focus changes you become more aware of something that has always been there? Many years ago a friend of mine, Michelle, told me that she collected alligators. Alligators? I mean really, how many alligator things are there? All of a sudden I saw alligators everywhere. Alligator salt and pepper shakers, alligator t-shirts, alligator mugs.
My new awareness is about paint chips. You know those nifty little sample cards that you can’t help but collect when you go to the hardware store? They’re like candy for artists. Small, perfectly proportioned, neatly contained bursts of color. I’ve always been drawn to them, but now I have an excuse! I’ve started collecting them for our new home. What color for the living room? The bedroom? The kitchen? You get the idea.
I’ve now got a sizeable collection of samples (some of which make me wonder – what was I thinking?!) and I was trying to find something to do with the samples we rule out. Right about the same time, I ran across a blog titled, How About Orange, and this great tutorial on how to turn paint chips into boxes. “Oh!” I thought, “I have to write a post about that.”
Then, as I was writing this post I had another aha moment and remembered this amazing artists’ book that my friend, Don Drake, had shown me recently where he used all white paint chips as the subject matter. And later, when I was about to post this, I remembered another great book with paint chips that another friend, Janice Bohman, recently made in the Recycled Materials class. So this single post has now became three:
- Today, the original paint chips into boxes
- Wednesday, Janice’s artists’ book using paint chips as flags
- Friday, Don’s book which uses all “white” paint chips to examine our perception of color.
So, first, here is the tutorial from How About Orange on making boxes from paint swatches. And here are some photo of the boxes I made.
My paint chips were not 5×5 so I adjusted the sizes as I went along. As long as you keep your sides all the same size it’s pretty easy. I made my box tops 1/8″ longer and 1/8″ wider than the base so they would fit neatly. I went one step further and turned another paint chip into a small accordion book that fits in the boxes:
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