Book on Journals
- I just bought a copy of a wonderful book on journals called Drawing From Life, the Journal as Art. The author is Jennifer New and it is from Princeton Architectural Press. It is not a how-to book but rather a look at the reasons people make journals: observation, reflection, exploration, and creation. There are lots of pictures but the writing is the informative and inspirational part. See if you can find this at Chaucer's or one of the other bookstores and peruse it.
Also, as long as I am sharing thoughts, I heard a wonderful story from Brecia Logan about her trip to Kansas City for the Surface Art Design conference (they are textile folk). She said the president of the organization mentioned that one of his working rituals is to get up at 5:00 in the morning and, before breakfast, paint one hundred black 7"X 7" squares. It is his warm up exercise for the day. He uses acrylics and gesso and all kinds of things. He has made thousands of these and uses them for projects and gives them away by the bushelful. I like the idea of art by the bushel - and the loose, fast way these must be made. I have often thought we should make some of our art like we make food: as an everyday, relaxed kind of thing. This idea is like making cookies, and it has a similar function in that the quantity takes away the preciousness and also makes you want to be generous and give your pieces away. Cookies, art - anything that nourishes your friends.
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- I bought that book in Paris, Jill, at the Institute for Contemporary Art.
It's great, though perhaps I should have waited until I got home to buy it.
It isn't a lightweight item.
While in Paris I also met some printmakers who are book artists. They don't
have a website yet but I gave Kristin Meller this yahoo group email and
suggested she sign up. I was very excited to meet her and the others and
hope we can find a way of connecting again. If any of you are going to Paris
please contact them. Collectively they are called: "association pour
l'estampe et pour l'art populaire." Their studio and gallery space is in the
20th arrondissement, in an area called Belleville which is near Pere
Lachaise cemetary. Kristin also speaks English and Spanish, so don't
hesitate for reasons of potential difficulty in communication. For more
information send me an email. I am sure she will send us the website once
it's up and running.