Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Some Books

As I mentioned in an earlier post, Elenka took a Book Arts workshop at the Stone House in Feeeport last week. It was a long week. It was seven jam packed days from 9-5 and then factor in the one hour ride from our place and back. As I said it was truly a LONG week. But the fruits of her labor for the week were amazing. Pictured here is just a sampling of the  innovative ideas for books she designed and built during the week. I so enjoy looking at and reading alternative styled books. They all seem to combine the aspects of books and sculpture. A nice coming together of sorts. I saw a project in school this year called 'altered books' where the art teacher had eighth graders change the look of a books pages by folding, cutting, painting. It was fantastic! Yes, I know. The out of circulation hard cover books were 'changed'. And yes, I understand that in some eyes a 'cardinal sin' was committed here though. ( Look away it's hideous!) The book was still there. Yet in a different form.
I suggested the following.
Say three Hail Marys and one Our Father.
There, she's off the hook!
She'll get into heaven, I think.

18 comments:

  1. hmmm.....interesting how photos work....the middle book with the stones is actually a beautiful silver color and the page in the back is an example of a pop up the instructor called an explosion. He's right, it was exhilarating and exhausting at the same time. Great fellow students and teachers!!! Great food!!

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  2. From what I've seen, Elenka is a fine artist and it's only natural she would come up with some creative ideas!

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  3. WOW! I would have loved to have attended that workshop. Elenka is gifted!

    Oh, and I have altered some books myself and see no harm in it.

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  4. an incredibly talented woman you have there!

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  5. These are beautiful little works of art. My sister in Missouri made a book for me to add little travel mementos to. I love it.

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  6. It is surely a sin, but I sin even more reading e-books!

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  7. What beautiful products of the workshop! I hope they get used for even more creative endeavors.

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  8. Super! Handmade books are heavenly! I'm so happy for you, Elenka, & no doubt, many young people will benefit (you still teach art, I believe?)

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  9. Blooming marvellous. I'm jealous. :-)

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  10. These are gorgeous and exciting. Clearly, the class was worth every minute. If she hasn't seen it already, I recommend "The Art & Craft of Handmade Books," by Shereen LaPlantz (Lark Books). It has lots of great ideas and is nicely illustrated. Heck, if she doesn't like it she can always cut and fold it.

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  11. What a wonderfully creative week Elenka had!
    You forgot the good Act of Contrition - that was always thrown in with the other prayers.

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  12. Absolutely beautiful! She'll be reaping the benefits of that intensive workshop for a long, long time. . . xx

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  13. Interesting! Our local paper this morning had an article about a mile-long book that will span St. Paul's High Bridge, a very long structure! Elenka must have been so happy to participate in that creative workshop!

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  14. Here is a link to the article I mentioned in my earlier comments about a mile-long book; Elenka might like to read it. . .you, too!
    http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/2014/8/5/why_did_the_book_cross_the.htm

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