Me, Myself and I

As the sun sets on another beautiful spring day, I find myself experimenting with a new technique called pochoir.   What is pochoir?  Pochoir is French for stencil.  Merriam-Webster defines it as: "a stencil process for making coloured prints or adding colour to a printed key illustration."  While Britannia defines it as "distinguished from ordinary stencilling, is a highly refined technique of making fine limited editions of stencil prints.  It is often called hand colouring or hand illustration."  I'm not sure I have reached the 'fine' aspect of pochoir, as this is my first attempt at using the technique, for a book of five panels folded in accordion or leporello style.   What is a leporello ? Abe Books defines a leporello as, " printed material folded into an accordion-pleat style. Sometimes known as a concertina fold, it is a method of parallel folding with the folds alternating between front and back.    Many leporellos are used as a way of tel

Artists" Books, Paper and Glass

Spring is upon us.  The sun shines, the rain pours down and the trees and grass turn green.  It is a time of renewal and a time to share new works.  ARTISTS' BOOKS What is an artists' book?  A question asked often and one with no definitive answer.  Here are a few interpretations:  Smithsonian Libraries and Archives:    An artist’s book is a medium of artistic expression that uses the form or function of “book” as inspiration.  It is the artistic initiative seen in the illustration, choice of materials, creation process, layout and design that makes it an art object.    What truly makes an artist’s book is the artist’s intent, and artists have used the book as inspiration in a myriad of ways and techniques, from traditional to the experimental.  The book could be made through fine press printing or hand-crafted, the pages illustrated with computer-generated images or cheap photocopies; books become sculptures, tiny and gargantuan; books were sliced up and reconfigured made from