Super fun time with 10 students making Drum Leaf Bindings and learning about spine work and how to expand the horizon of books by interleafing and making sculptural pages at Forstall Art Supply in Birmingham - I will teach a paper making class next week at the Irondale Public Library -
Just saw the doc about Paulus and saw my buddy making books my friend recently sent me this pic - I have had so much fun teaching at Penland - hope to have time to take a class one day and absorb it that way.
Quote I read in the London Telegraph in 2010 “Oxford English Dictionary 'will not be printed again'
The next edition of the Oxford
English Dictionary, the world’s most definitive work on the language, will
never be printed because of the impact of the internet on book sales.” (2010)
Dictionary printing will stop completely in the next 20 years is the
Being raised in a rural community
undergirds a great deal of my iconography and working practice.I have always been fascinated by dictionaries
and a couple of years ago I realized I wasn’t seeing as many dictionaries in
thrift stores and antique shops as I previously had.I learned that dictionary printing has been
greatly reduced and most of my recent large sculptures memorialize and mourn
the passing of the dictionary – a tool I think of as humble yet incredibly powerful
cultural relic now being discarded along with many other types of books.I twist and manipulate hundreds of dictionary
pages to force an intimacy with the subject becoming object, with the reverence
for the passed life and the confrontation of the doggedly present body of
pages/vocabularies/and understanding.Dictionaries have always been my translators – a way for me to establish
immediate understanding and vital contact with the world.As the printed dictionary passes from the
world I want to use the physical remains of dictionaries to create artworks
that are able to communicate my ideas and feelings about the fragile nature of
the human condition that can’t be relayed by sentences alone.I hope to connect the abstraction of
narrative with the physicality of porcelain, thread and dictionary pages.By playing with the mass gesture of this much
paper I hope that the text and texture
of the pages will form a literal embodied narrative that opens into vast,
imaginative space for the viewer and provokes them into thinking how objects
can reflect our inner emotional life as well as being a container for memory.
Just got to see the blogpost that my friend Michelle did last year about mask making for day of the dead - its a wonderful post about the Dia de los Muertos Festival in Birmingham - if you need more information you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Had a great pinhole workshop taught by Pinky Bass and I today = we taught about merging pinhole paper negatives into digital and transfer processes and had a great day with 14 students and they made tons of great images - here are some of the pieces ---- -= Great community at the Light Factory in Charlotte.
I like these details from the show because they show the texture and tonality of how I use Solarfast to capture photographic images on old linens and hankerchiefs. Solar fast is an awesome product made by Jacquard - available online at Dharma Trading etc. Message me with questions etc.