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The Jewelry and Bookmaking Portfolio of Char DeRouin


A handmade book in bright coloursUntitled

Char DeRouin is a mixed media artist creates works in paint, costume design, jewelry and bookmaking. The artist’s style is one that blends packed, frenetic compositions with subdued pastel colour schemes for an aesthetic that seems soft and inviting.


A page from a handmade bookUntitled

 

I quite enjoy the tactile look and feel that Char achieves, especially in her bookmaking works. The pieces in her Paper + Stitch gallery evoke a collaged, found-object…

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The Textile Art Portfolio of Pat Autenrieth


A quilt incorporating lowbrow cartoonish imageryDedicated to Cheese for No Reason (collaboration), fabric marker, hand applique, hand and machine embroidery, hand and machine quilting

Pat Autenrieth works in textile art and bookmaking, innovating in the field of arts and crafts – particularly quilting. Pat’s works embrace both the unique quirks of the quilted medium, and the aesthetic language of contemporary art, to create a fascinating hybrid.


A quilt incorporating text and patternAn Occasion for the Need for…

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Headlines: Art Books, Islamic Patterns and Framing

1) Art Books Resist Digitization


A photo of the exhibition catalogue for Philodendron

 

Though advances in technology have the potential to make print books a thing of the past, many still value the feeling of holding an actual book over the simplicity and ease of digital files. Art books are no exception, an idea which is explored in this New York Times article on the existence and future of art books and exhibition catalogues. It seems that these types of books are far easier to…

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Headlines: Cats, Lego and Halloween

1) A Collection of Cat Art Goes to Auction


Iwao Akiyama's "Two Cats"Iwao Akiyama, Two Cats

The art collection of German-born New York art collector Marianne C. Gourary went to auction yesterday through Bloomsbury auction house in London. The collector was most known for her great affinity for felines, and fittingly, most of the artwork is centered on cats. Featuring numerous cat-related book illustrations, paintings and even literature from the last four…

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Celebratory and Colourful Illustration by Brian Farnham


The cover of Dirty, Sexy, Funny, Astrology written by Jenny McCarthy and Sabra RicciDirty, Sexy, Funny, Astrology book cover

Today’s featured artist is Brian Farnham. Brian is a painter, sculptor and illustrator. His celebratory and colourful illustration has appeared on a number of books and CD covers. Most recently, Brian illustrated the book Dirty, Sexy, Funny Astrology, written by Sabra Ricci and Jenny McCarthy.

 

For this project, Brian produced all of the interior and cover illustrations for the book, while…

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Enlightenment and Peace: Spiritual Work by Allison Rennie


A photo of several hand made conceptual maps on the groundAtlas of Rennie, maps folded in standard paper map style

Allison Rennie’s artistic practice is heavily focused on the spiritual, including both personal exploration through writing and mapping, as well as a practice involving helping others achieve spiritual enlightenment and peace.

 

A detail of a handmade book with collaged photographsHandmade Book: Nuthatch (Page detail)

Bookbinding comes into Allison’s practice a lot. Many times this is documentation of meditative and spiritual…

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Artist Survival Skills: How To Make A Living As A Canadian Visual Artist


Artist Survival Skills by Chris Tyrell book

 

Thank-you Chris Tyrell. I read this book when it was first released in 2008 and it was a timely look at some practical examples of ways in which artists are making their living and running their business. At art school there was no discussion about business. I remember learning about writing my artist statement and being made aware of the grant system for artists. But not about the basics of running my own business. The further I…

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Artistic Illustrations With Shadows

 

 

Motion Silhouette is a unique book created by Megumi Kajiwara. This unique book  is a not only a pop-up book but requires a flashlight or similar moveable light source to create moving shadows that become part of the narrative. The moving shadow of a tree shows a day passing and then a lightening pattern. This is a gorgeous project with simple and elegant design that allows interaction that adds an element of the poetic. 


book cover for Motion Silhouette

page from pop up book Motion Silhouette

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Promoting Your Illustrated Book


Author standing in the doorway of a book shop

 

I recently had the opportunity to read my illustrated book to a group of people in Vancouver at a fancy little book shop called The Paper Hound. Here are some tips for promoting your illustrated book by engaging the public.

 

1. I was late : ) Don't be late - but don't arrive too early as this can make you feel a little flustered if you get a little nervous about public speaking. The best option is to arrive 30 minutes before and…


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