Thank You

I want to thank everyone who came out to the opening reception of Diary of a Naturalist. It was such a great evening. I met and talked with so many wonderful people. Its always great to be able to talk to strangers about your art and give them a little insight and background into your process. I have really enjoyed my residency at TechShop, it has opened up a whole new world for me and I cant wait to experiment and try other areas of the shop.

If you didn't get a chance to come out to the opening the exhibit will be up until Sept. 26th.

Here are some images from the exhibit and opening.

In the final stretch

There is only 2 weeks until the opening of my exhibit at TechShop. I am in the final stretch of prepping everything. This is the time where all of the behind the scenes stuff happens - titling, labeling, pricing, figuring out the hanging configuration, etc. You can learn more about the exhibit here. I am very excited about the show. I have learned so much and had a lot of fun during my TechShop residency.  There is so much more I want to learn and try out too. For those of you who don’t know about the TechShop it is an amazing place. Their tag line is “Build your Dreams Here” and boy can you. Imagine a place with every tool you can ever want; laser cutters, 3D printers, full wood and metal shops, sewing, embroider and quilting machines, vacuum formers, water jets, a variety of software and so so much more. They teach classes on how to use all of the equipment and are open 24 hours. So needless to say it’s pretty fantastic and I have had access to everything during my residency.

 

Flying Book Art

Books have always been sacred to me. I can remember from a very young age my Mother reading to me or encouraging us to read.  Reading has always been  an adventure, a daydream, a way to escape or learn.

So many books are discarded or recycled now in favor of lighter digital versions. They are abandoned in boxes at garage sales or stacked up in lonely piles at thrift stores.  I have no aversions to e-readers, I have one myself. I enjoy the freedom and convenience of having thousands of books at my fingertips, able to escape at a moment’s notice. But I still love the smell and feel of a book in hand. There is something comforting and familiar in the sound of a page turning.

I get such a thrill searching for and rescuing books. So far one of the best places to find a variety of interesting books is the monthly library book sales. A lot of the time you can fill a whole bag with books for $5.00. Now most people go to find things to read, current fiction, etc. but they always have a few boxes of strange old books with sturdy covers and well worn pages that are just waiting for me.
 
My love of reading has naturally evolved into creating art from old, discarded or unloved books. For many years I have dabbled in book art, using pages in mixed media pieces or folding books to make free form sculptures. This past year or so though I have really been focusing on creating artwork with discarded old books; creating a variety of sculptures that sometimes include encaustic wax, inks, and other natural elements. I have been making books the focal point of my artwork rather than just an element. I give these abandoned friends a new life, a second chance to shine and impact someone. Every once in a while there is a book that’s subject begs to be interpreted, but most of the time I try not to let the title or text influence my creation.
I recently added a new section to my website with my book art. You can see it here http://www.shannonamidon.com/book-art-collection.html
Below is a new piece entitled Flying Book Family. It was inspired by a wonderfully magic short animation titled The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story.

Flying Book Family
Book Sculpture 2014

Flying Book Family - Detail of baby books
Book Sculpture 2014