Saturday, May 24, 2014

Book Arts Final

As some of you already know, I spent the last semester teaching Book Arts for the Illustration department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. It was an absolute blast and I worked with some truly talented students. Throughout the semester we work a variety of books, students learn different structures and fill them with content of their choice. For the final projects, students get a month to work on a book structure of their choosing which gets filled with content and is housed in a handmade box. Below is a variety of student's final projects:

See individual projects after the jump...

Stretched Watercolor Paper

This week, looking for a way to change things up, I tried out a new method: stretching watercolor paper on canvas stretcher bars. I have always been a bit jealous of the way a canvas can have such a complete feeling, no framing or matting necessary. The end result was quite successful.

I've never found it particularly necessary to stretch my watercolor paper given the small size of my work and the restricted amount of water I use but with the canvas finish it may be my new way to prep for most of my painting work.

And though it's just a test piece, it's wall ready with some of our other work around the house.

So Many Posts, So Little Time

Contrary to what the absence of posts on this blog might imply, I have been busy busy busy with the art. One of the more time-consuming parts of art (besides, you know, the art making) is getting all these pictures and things to be blog ready. But I have photoshopped long and hard and there are about to be many posts thrown up here.

First of all, the results of the Spring Sale at MassArt were slightly disappointing. Out of 20 boxes and 10 books, only 5 boxes and 1 book sold. The silver-lining to this situation however is that hopefully these unsold items will find their way on to an online platform from where you (that's right you) can purchase them for your own enjoyment.

I was also commissioned by my fellow Illustration alum, Kim Buhler, to maker a specialized ladybug box for her mom for Mother's Day.

Pretty adorable, huh?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Spring Sale at MassArt

Yesterday, I dropped off a month's worth of work at MassArt's annual Spring Sale, which starts today and goes until Saturday, the 10th. Twenty boxes and ten books later and I'm taking a well-deserved weekend off.


So if you're in the Boston area be sure to stop by!