Happy Chanukah and Almost Advent

Most of my week was spent preparing posts for the Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2021. The theme has expanded slightly. Now it is “Simple, Occasionally Unusual, and Mostly Non-adhesive Structures for Artists’ Books”. As a teaser, here’s a picture of a paper lantern made from an interlocked double accordion. (Electric candles only!)

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Friday Night Flicks: Lesley Randall

If you studied botany in school, or have used a guide to flower and plant identification, you have undoubtedly seen work by someone like Lesley Randall.

For Lesley Randall, it’s the details that really make what she does so important. Her work often accompanies a scientific description and she wants to make sure to capture exactly what the specimen looks like. She might be able to capture the plant just by looking at it, but getting a closer look with the microscope allows her to become more intimately aware of all the intricacies.

 

 

Perhaps you will spend a little time this weekend drawing a flower, or at least looking at one more closely than usual.

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Temporary Framing

The big project for this week was mounting work for display at the Hand Wave Gallery. The pieces will be shown matted and backed, but not framed.

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Friday Night Flicks: Ayesha Gamiet

Tonight’s flick is a brief interview with artist/illustrator/Islamic manuscript illuminator Ayesha Gamiet. In the video she talks about spending a year using the colours of flowers for inspiration in Islamic geometry, then moving beyond that to a more intuitive use of colour based on what she had learned.

 

 

I recommend taking a little time this weekend to look at the paintings and illustrations on Gamiet’s website.

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Hodge-podge*

It has been another week of mixed activities. While waiting for my mat board to arrive I selected nine works from my #99DayProject for delivery to Hand Wave Gallery.

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Friday Night Flicks: Tannya Harricks

This week’s flick features artist/illustrator Tannya Harricks from Sydney, Australia, and gives a quick look at her working process.

 

 

If you would like to see more of Harricks’ work this weekend, you could check out the paintings and illustrations on her website.

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The exciting and glamorous life of an artist

I was busy all week but this is the only art I made.

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Friday Night Flicks: Kerry Ingham

A change of pace from artist’s book, but definitely related, this week’s flick features the illustration work of Kerry Ingham.

 

 

You could spend a few minutes this weekend checking out Ingham’s work here and on her Instagram feed, which has more of her lovely bird pictures.

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A Little work and some Hallowe’en things

I started posting Mixed Messages IV on Instagram a few days ago —2/9 went up this morning— but since you may not follow me there, here are the first three in the series.

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Friday Night Flicks: Fears

Although not strictly a Hallowe’en flick, this animation seems appropriate for the season. Directed and animated by Nata Metlukh, Fear was made as a graduation film at the Vancouver Film School in 2015.

 

 

Metlukh has more work available to view on their Vimeo account. I recommend watching some this weekend. You could start with the GIF collections. Here’s the first.

 

 

(Watching GIFs is a bit like eating Hallowe’en candy, so you might want to spread them out a bit!)

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