Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Take a look at her work...I love her female figures and use of color. The full article can be found at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/sports/golf/31wie.html?hpw
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The theme of Fran's book was "The New World." I had just seen the movie "The Time Traveler's Wife." It's a love story about a girl who grows up and falls in love with a man that travels back and forth through time. I had visions of the "Twilight Zone" and "A Wrinkle in Time" and eventually decided to use string art to create a time dimension. On the left side, the woman is in the present. On the right, the man is caught between several different time periods. One thing I learned about doing the spread on the right side--start working from the innermost point out, instead of from the outermost point in!
Su's book asked us to "make it personal." As an avid fan of James Lipton's "Inside the Actors' Studio" show on Bravo, I thought of his famous questionnaire and how my responses to those questions would give a quick peek at who I am (at least when I answered the questions). I soon found out that answering the questions was one thing, finding a way to illustrate my answers on a 2" x 2" card was quite another! How did I do? (Note: if you are offended by obscenities, please don't look at the middle picture too closely and I apologize in advance for posting my answer to question #5 here)
Lorraine joined our group when she was living in Hawaii with her daughter for part of the year. She returned to her home state of Idaho but wanted to continue with our AB RR group. Her book's theme is "Hawaii" because she loved living here. She asked the artists to share something special or unique about the islands with her through this book.
Hawaii is steeped in folklore and legends. There is a famous legend about the ancient Hawaiian warriors of King Kamehameha's time. They say the spirits of these ancient warriors appear on certain nights of the month and march through their old battlegrounds. The ghostly warriors are known as the "Night Marchers." I have never seen the Night Marchers myself, but I don't doubt that they exist.
The green ridges on the right side of this spread are meant to represent the Koolau mountains (one of the areas frequented by the Night Marchers). I created each ridge by ripping about 5 pages at a time. I defined the ridge line using a green inkpad, but still allowed the text on the page to show through.
Ever seen a volvelle? It's a device that changes one picture into another with the sweep of a tab. They are so cool! With Stephanie's "Phone" book, I decided to try my hand at making a volvelle. I began with a picture of an old rotary dial phone ("Then"). When you move the tab to the left ("Now"), a picture of an iPhone is revealed! Similarly, I took a photo of a phone booth ("Before") and when you move the tab to the left ("After") you see Superman!
Although I had a template, my cuts were not perfect and I would probably use a heavier weight cardstock the next time I attempt this, but I think you can get the idea.
Here are some pictures of my current AB. To change things up a bit, our group decided that each artist would begin a spread in their book and the artist that followed would take a prompt from the previous spread to create their own. Unlike some others in my group, I decided not to pick a specific theme for my book.
I chose to begin my book with a 3-D spread of hands. My fascination with hands probably began when I met the owner of the house that my husband and I got married at. She was a big patron of the arts here in Hawaii. Her home was like a museum showcasing many pieces from her private collection. While touring the property, she showed me her "hand" collection. (She had collected so many hands over the years that she needed an entire room to house them all!) So, in memory of Laila, I gathered up my catalogs and began cutting out hands--big hands, graceful hands, beautiful hands. I used about 50 different hands here. I separated them with foam core to create more depth and dimension. As I recall, there are about three different levels on each side. When I placed the book into the rotation, I really had no idea where my book would go. When Debbie got my book, she created a most amazing "hair" spread. (I will have to post a picture of the circle book she made for me to show you) and thus, my "Body Parts" book was born!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Debbie's "Secrets" book challenged me to work in a space that was tall and skinny. Have you seen the movie "Kinky Boots?" Fabulous movie and true story about a young man who inherits the family shoe factory when his father dies unexpectedly. He soon learns that the business is losing money and unless he can figure out a way to boost sales, the company will go out of business. One night, he encounters a transvestite who works at a drag queen club. He tells the shoe guy that the performers have a hard time finding women's shoes big enough for the drag queens. He persuades him to manufacture a line of "kinky boots" and even offers to help design them. Embarrassed by this new line of shoes, the shoe guy keeps the kinky boots a secret until sales begin to skyrocket, saving the family business.
Here is my "Kinky Boots" page. The spread features the old-fashioned men's shoes that factory had been making for years. I created 6 "secret" pockets (three on each side) to hide the boots within the pages. What do you think of my kinky boot designs?
Stephanie is in my AB Round Robin group, but I've never met her. She moved to Nebraska before I joined the group, but she still participates by sending in tip-ins for the books she works in. Last round, Stephanie's book was about "Crazy Things People Do." Well, when I was in high school, my girlfriend and I went to see all of the horror flicks. We would cover our eyes and scream with delight at films like "Carrie," "The Manitou," "Dressed to Kill," "Halloween" and more. One of our favorites was the re-release of Vincent Price's "House of Wax" in 3-D! As a lover of pop-ups, I just had to do this spread! I love how it came out!
Welcome to my very first post! I wish to thank the wonderful ladies of the Sketchbook Project Yahoo Group for encouraging me to start my very own blog! Now I have a home for all of my projects.
I named my blog "Bijoux Me"--the theme of the first Altered Book I ever made. I used a Tiffany china and silverware pattern book that had a pretty fabric cover (Tiffany Blue, of course). The pages were good quality paper and heavier weight than most catalogs. Here are some pictures of my book.