Monday, October 13, 2008

collage beasts and their collage masters


It's that time of month again where it's time to send out the book. I've found myself much more free, creative and willing to experiment when working in other people's books instead of mine. You would think it would be the opposite, but this is not the case. In this case, I worked completely in collage - no drawing whatsoever. These were all made in Ian Russell's book, so I hope he enjoys these. Once again, I had no clue what to make or where to begin. I definitely wanted to do something with collage again, and while sorting through some material, I found a recent free catalogue for kids from the recent Martin Puryear exhibit in DC. Puryear is an amazing sculptor from the DC area who builds these structures from different types of wood and other materials. I had some extra copies, so I decided to use only the catalogue and nothing more. To begin, I simply started cutting with no clue what to make. Pieces started resembling animals - strange cats and birds and the like. Still, they needed something more, so I gave each animal a "master" or a caretaker. I'm not sure how many people's books I've worked in at this point, but I do know that so far, these were the most fun to make, more than anything else.





7 comments:

milo said...

Steve, I love these!

Mike Kline said...

These are fantastic! My initial thought was "I love them." However, I saw Milo's comment and had to change my response to "Excellent" and "Nicely Done."

steve said...

Thanks!

Andrea said...

These beasts are the sign of a true creative genius! What did you use as your source material, if I may ask?

steve said...

Thanks Andrea! It was all taken from a free Martin Puryear brochure, showcasing his sculptures featured at a recent DC show. I thought his work would make great source material for collage.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

HEY, these are GREAT! Boy, I missed a lot while I was gone! This is a LOT right here!!!!! SUPER, and VERY interesting!

ian russell said...

Cheers, my friend! I've already admired these on your own blog and now I'm doing it again.
wow, it's the totall opposite for me - the whole doing it directly into a BOOK!!, bad enough, but in someone else's pride and joy is double bad. no where to run, nowhere to hide.... ;o)

I do look back on each month with a broad smile, though.