DIY bookbinding tools
I’ve found a few modifications to my tools that help me work more effectively. For one thing, dulling the needles has helped me avoid a problem that irked me while making my Test papers series of books. My needles were very sharp, and that meant I could easily tear through the paper at the wrong…
An illuminated souvenir
Last year I had the chance to visit Barcelona, which of course translated into a pilgrimage to as many of Antonio Gaudi’s projects as possible. I expected to admire his Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, but I underestimated just how moved I would be by the experience. As is typical, I have no mementos of…
Play and fantasy
[ The first two parts of this essay can be found here and here. Some images and detailed description of this final section have been omitted pending permission from the individual to whom it refers. ] Collection #2 “To my way of thinking, knowing an object does not mean copying it–it means acting upon it.…
DIY digression: bookmaking
One of the purposes of this blog is to sort through and prioritize intriguing notions and sources. I have an ongoing fascination with investigating how things work. (Hint: that’s a useful lens through which to analyze my art. It tends to be more about figuring out than advocating.) This blog is one approach to that,…
DIY digression: letterpress
The Firecracker Press sold me on the sheer excellence of letterpress art. If you’re ever in St. Louis, check them out for good design, poetry readings, edible printed tortillas, and people who know a lot about the history of typography. Most of us can’t afford to reinforce our floors to accommodate ridiculously heavy space hogs. …
Until today, I only knew one way to perforate paper (without some mysterious steampunk machine). Pounce wheel (Not everyone knows about these things, so I’ll describe them first. I doubt I’d have heard of them if we didn’t sell them at ye olde art supply store. It’s a mural thing.) Pounce pads and powder sound…
Proof of concept?
I’m starting something new… My plans owe a grateful nod to work by Jaclyn Seufert and Beth Scher. …oh, and maybe Sandro Botticelli as well.
Some buzz (about mail art #4)
The fourth round of mail art went out this afternoon.
I finally finished the large Yoshimoto cube. Consider it homage to the link between the infinite and the infinitesimal (admittedly far less structured than “Powers of Ten” by Ray and Charles Eames). These reversible cubes perfectly suit my fascination with twinning and/or paradigms. The doppelganger this time is contrasting references to science and the first…
Kewpies, feminism, and humility
As Elaine Scarry mentions in On Beauty and Being Just, we more vividly remember our mistakes about beauty than intellectual topics (11). Somehow it is easier to recall a time when we dramatically revised our opinion about the beauty of a person, place, or experience. I have recently had just such a humbling experience…about paper…