I have come another week closer to finishing my #99DayProject, with 84 days completed. Here are this week’s squares.
I also spent some time thinking about producing some print-on-demand textile works inspired by the squares. I created a grid layout in InDesign and produced a couple of pattern units.
I then produced a colourway for each design.
Even if nothing comes of it, it was a pleasant way to spend a couple of afternoons.
I have also been trying to come up with a DIY project for you to make in August, but I have nothing yet!
In other book arts news:
If you are interested in the history of writing, the Getty has an online talk coming up on the cuneiform script of Mesopotamia, the first known writing system. The free talk is called From Laundry Lists to Liturgies: The Origins of Writing in Ancient Mesopotamia. You can find more information and a link for registration on this webpage.
You can read about a new artist’s book by Ed Hutchins of Editions Artistsbooks and Joe Freedman of Sarabande Press in this post by Steven Heller for the online newsletter Print. The article includes several short videos showing the book in action and discussing the stages in its development. You can order Cacaphony, 2021 directly from Ed at the link to Editions Artistsbooks above.
Ed’s book has been selected for the soon-to-be open exhibition Unseen which also includes my entry The future isn’t what it used to be.
From the gallery website:
“With this show, we usher in a new era of a legendary book arts gallery,” says Jordan Eddy, Gallery Director and UNSEEN co-juror. For the international exhibition of book arts, form & concept partners for the first time with 23 Sandy, an online book arts gallery run by owner/director Erin Mickelson. Eddy and Mickelson teamed up with two-time Fulbright recipient Barb Tetenbaum to select 76 works by 65 artists, ranging from traditional codexes and interactive and exquisite corpse-style works to reactive sound art books and sculptures. An online catalog of each exhibited work will launch on 23sandy.com on opening day, Wednesday, August 11. An Opening Reception will take place on Friday, August 13, 5-7pm. Two artist awards will be announced over the course of the show: Librarian’s Choice Award (TBA) and an Audience Choice Award (vote for your favorite work on view by email or in-gallery to support the winning artist with a cash prize), to be announced Saturday, October 9 at 2pm.
I look forward to seeing all the selected works, at least on line.
And, to finish off, a close-up of this week’s kitchen counter sunflowers.