At MakeHartford we have a Paper Artist Gathering group which I am part of mostly because I was part of the original Geometric Origami Club that grew into the current group. And somehow, I was talked into contributing to a group exhibit that opens on May 6th at the Farmington Valley Art Center. Titled "Paper Possibilities 2017: Exploring a Modest Medium" it shows all different types of art created from paper.
When people were talking about the exhibit, I mentioned some UFOs I had from a workshop on creating altered books from the lamentably gone (the artist moved to Virginia!) from Hartford, Studio N111. In this workshop, we took books and learned about cutting and rearranging and folding and all kinds of options to decorate them.
Although I did a little work after the workshop, this is where they were, and had been for quite a long time:
The open book at the left, "A Road to Hope", is about a couple who helped to create a home for families near a cancer treatment center. I ended up not doing more to it this time (if it doesn't sell, and I don't expect it to, I may do more and enter V1.2 in next year's exhibit) and didn't take pictures of the little that I did do, but I did more work on the other item.
That book was a young adult paperback, rather battered. I removed (and recycled) the cover, and began to fold the pages into the same three-fold pattern, but alternating which corner I used to start. So the shape formed as shown.
When I went back to it to finish the piece for the exhibit, I envisioned something mostly painted white and pale yellow, with maybe a touch of pink, and some deeper blue and purple circling it at angles. I found a crystal dangle in a shape that echoes the one that is forming, and wanted to add it to add some interest to what I thought would be an unimpressive piece, especially compared to other artworks in the exhibit. To attach a hanging loop and the crystal, I envisioned satin cord monkey's fist knots at each end, coordinating with the blue or purple or even both.
Of course that didn't happen. As I mentioned in yesterday's post about randomness, a friend had counseled that sometimes art takes its own direction and doesn't end up as planned. Without a lot of time to struggle, I wasn't going to fight the art.
First, I finished folding all the pages, and I noticed that the pages that had been exposed were slightly but noticeably yellowed. This happens with the type of cheap paper often used in paperback books, and I realized that not only would it require a lot of paint to cover to get the white background I was envisioning, but the pages were going to continue to yellow as time passes. So I decided to make that part of the art.
I'd obtained a set of pearlescent watercolours, and used them to add tints to the piece, focusing on yellow, orange, rust, and two shades of green:
|You can see very clearly the newly-folded pages below, and the sun-tinted ones above.|
|Sorry it's not focused. JHB Collection on left, something artsy on the right.|
Here are a couple quick pictures taken when I dropped off the piece:
Although it's not what I had envisioned, I like the end result. The colours are much more visible to the naked eye than they photograph. You still see that it was a book (one of the other artists wanted assurance that I would not obliterate the words, and I told her that was why I selected watercolours) but it has turned into something almost organic. The tassel is at the top, slightly off-center from where the hanging occurs, and not visible in these photos. I'll try to get one at the opening on Saturday and add it or link to another post.
Now that you've read the story of my UFO, check out what some of the other artists in this month's blogroll have been finishing:
Karen Williams, Baublicious
Francie Broadie, FAB
Christine Van Dyke Altmiller, One Kiss Creations
Therese, Therese's Treasures
Kim Dworak, CianciBlue
Liz Hart, Treetop Life
Liz En, Bead Contagion
Amy Severino, Amy Beads
Cynthia Machata, Antiquity Travelers
Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
Christi Carter, Sweetpea Path
Bobbie Rafferty, Beadsong Jewelry