I’ve been in a creative slump the past while. It’s not like I haven’t been doing things.
- Was in a show at the Vogt Visual Art Center this summer
- Was in a show at SXU for a retrospective in the printmaking classes this fall
- I’ve been designing a blog header for a friend of mine
But book wise? Eh. I gave up on making one for August. I’ve made maquettes in class. But I haven’t felt compelled to make one that is notable or artworthy. Maybe that will change soon.
My goal for the year was to submit to 3 art shows. It was looking a bit grim as June is just around the corner, but as luck would have it the visual arts center nearby had a show deadline of tomorrow! Nature themed, I submitted my accordion book of the poem “trees” by Joyce Kilmer. So one show down, 2 more to go!
(a snippet from the book)
I’ve been keeping busy with illustration projects. Recently I was asked to do some illustrations for a friend’s blog post on the TIME article about attachment parenting and the uproar about the cover. It’s a well written piece, featuring a viewpoint I haven’t seen brought up in the whole media brouhaha. It has people talking for sure, not always about the correct things, so personally I’m honored to be a part of something trying to right TIME’s provocative wrongs in attempts to sell magazines.
April’s book: tunnel book fail. My first attempt at tunnel book structure ended up going off on a diagonal when I accidentally glued the support structure folded the wrong way. I think it kind of turned into a happy accident as it adds to the feeling of moving down the sidewalk, but it is what it is I guess.
Cross that off the list -
Finally updated my website to reflect some more projects I’d worked on in the past year. Check it out, would you?
I’ve been struggling this past month with my book projects. I’ve known going into this overall project that I wasn’t going to make museum quality pieces, but there’s still the drive to make something good. Part of this pressure is from the choice this month to try a tunnel book format. It’s never been a style I’ve been particularly attracted to, it actually kind of intimidates me. Something to do with figuring out depth and accurately placing all the pieces to form a cohesive image.
I’m also hoping to submit my finished project to an art show, the deadline is at the end of May to enter. My goal was to submit to 3 shows, I need to find two more shows between now and the end of the year.
So today, between errands and meeting up for playdates, I stopped by a friend’s studio to see what she was up to. Sometimes all it takes is a visit to another creative person’s space to have some of that energy rub off on you. Tonight was a bit crazy to try and focus to get work done, but I’m planning on getting over my tunnel book fears tomorrow.