Monday, 29 September 2014

Celebrating Handmade with Bespoke Zine

              Celebrating handmade with Bespoke Zine

  Bespoke Zine, Issue 20, Spring, 2014, Adornment & Embellishment 

 How cool is this publication with its passion for handmade and the easy-to-stash-in-your-bag size!!  I love it!  Such a source of inspiration for any time of year! And how excited am I to have two articles in there??  

The article I've written is on embellishment of a different kind - taking an already published book and  turning the pages into a series of artists books and objects d’art.  Biblio Art Awards is held annually in Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia.  Artists choose a second hand book  from the wheelbarrow in Blarney Books and create a body of work in any medium in response to that book. 

The process of this transformation intrigues and delights me. I was invited as a co-judge with Nicki Greenberg (author and artist)in 2010.  This year, I entered as a participating artist and chose the Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne, published in 1862. Writing about this entry is just another way of providing a response to the work and to show how it melds together  several aspects of art, text and image.

There’s something about paper as a physical medium that continues to challenge us; which causes us to explore the fundamental boundaries between traditional and non-traditional ways of using it.   Gelatin mono printing, stitchery, origami and several bookbinding structures  have been employed to create this work. 
Gelatin printing 

Several book structures and photo transfer techniques


While most of you know that I'm wild about yarn,  :-) and glass, paper  and books are my first love.  However, even in my books I use thread…
Accordion fold book, cut out man and woman stitched together, mono printed pages 
 This book highlights the Creation of Man and Woman in the  Garden of Cyrus.
These are two chapters in the Religio Medici
Religio Medici 'adorned'

The second article for the Spring Issue is a DIY using pages from books to create a necklace.

paper beads, seed beads and eye pins

   Here are the shapes you can cut out to create your beads.

  To subscribe to Bepsoke Zine or to order a copy of the Spring Issue ( issue no. 20)  it’s only a click away.  You’ll find it here… 

Back to Crochet now...

Lu xx