Sunday, January 30, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
In the quest to master more and more dazzling techniques with paper, it's good to remember that the simplest pop-up forms are often the most effective, and that even the most complex pop-ups derive from the simple fold / cut / fold back principle.
Experimenting with paper craft, according to Sadami Yamada and Kiyotada Ito, leads to 'a planned development of your powers of observation and your sensitivity to plastic forms and a gradual growth toward orginality...' Having attained these, 'you will be able to bring poetic and romantic materialisation to the images that flow forth from your inner self. You will be able to discover beautiful forms. These things also nurture vital elements in growth in knowledge of the functional and physical makeup of things.'
Now that's a goal worth working towards isn't it.
Have a great weekend!
Friday, January 21, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
(after Xu Zhimo)
Unintentionally imitating Chinese style
her hair was pitch black & straight
Her features seemed to me
like the purest Indian jade
or pristine snow in the Alps
Her brightly-coloured clothes
might have aroused some criticism
had they been worn by anyone else
on her they looked becoming
like green leaves on a flower
Her figure was so fragile
that a man standing beside her
felt his breathing to be too coarse
I really enjoyed making the 'Pale Star' picto-poem, so much so that I'm going to try something similar with one of my sister's poems next...
Friday, January 14, 2011
The start of a paper mouse - a new project perhaps... The image in the background is from the 1966 Mother Goose Treasury illustrated by Raymond Briggs.
Friday, January 7, 2011
The catalogue is gorgeously designed. The cover features a centrally opening gilt gate with perforations that allow you to glimpse the five miniature dolls from the Bren collection that are the subject of the 'Blytonesque' story by Stephanie Johnson that forms the content of the catalogue. The story is printed in a small booklet attached on an angle to the larger backing sheet. A clever tab attached to the central fold makes the booklet spring up when you open the catalogue.
I have loved reading Lily's book as well as the doll-related ephemera she carefully tucked inside the pages. Wherever she is now, I hope Lily knows that her book has found an appreciative new owner.