Must keep playing!

I’m really enjoying the shadows and spaces that are revealed with this process…

Note to self, must keep playing!

Intriguing!

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Devil’s bit scabious

Ok, so experimentation continues apace. You just never know where the journey will take you, I mean, who knew I would be dabbling with a film approach?

Not sure where this is going at the moment, if anywhere, but I am really mesmerized by this at the moment. Just need to sit back and question what it is that captures me?

Take a look (note…this is a slow reveal!).

Devil’s bit scabious from Howeunique on Vimeo.

Serendipity

Serendipity has for some time been my favourite word. I have, for the last couple of years, based my process around the delights that serendipity can bring. So, how wonderful when exploring a new theme for some work…that these have caught my attention… Of course, what this now means is my mind is wandering along an altogether new path and i am very much enjoying the journey 🙂

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Cut Flowers
cut flowers Jo Howe Book sculpture experimentation
Cut Flowers
cut flowers Jo Howe Book sculpture experimentation
Cut Flowers
cut flowers Jo Howe Book sculpture experimentation
Cut Flowers

 

Time passing…

Gosh, hasn’t it been a while! Finally got a window to catch up on blogs, chats and other delicious activities that we tend to sideline a little when the pressures on.

Ok, so I have managed to shoehorn a few working days in the studio, resulting in playful activity and generally trying to remember what old books feel like. So here we are, a couple of examples of those playful days… looking forward to getting back down to some more intensive studio activity… so many ideas bubbling, so little time!

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Kusudama-Flow Jo Howe Book Sculpture
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Kusudama-Ball
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Kusudama-Tower

 

By the Book: Stanford Kay

Another great find from the creative explorer that is Artsy Forager… This one especially appeals… For obvious reasons!

Artsy Forager

I don’t always read Artist Statements but sometimes one just describes the artist’s work and vision so perfectly that I don’t feel like there is any way my words can improve upon it.  Such is the case of New York artist Stanford Kay.  His artist statement was so completely lovely, I’d like to let him speak for his own work.

“At first, there is paint and desire. Paint is applied, removed, and applied again.  It makes suggestions. It is edited without mercy. The image and the need to signify arrive later. Books as images within these paintings offer formal modernist possibilities while also serving as an embodiment of content.”

“Both paintings and books are vessels for ideas, experience and memory.  The books we read and the paintings we love and choose to live with, 
define us.  A book requires the reader to assemble images and ideas out of its signs and symbols. Likewise, a painting asks that you translate its strokes and drips into…

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New Work

Ok, so another couple of new work additions… one sold already (that’s got to be a record for me!). It made me think quite a bit about how I remain connected to my work and that it is intrinsically part of who I am. My knee jerk reaction to someone wanting to purchase it was ‘oh, but I haven’t had long enough to sit with this and reflect.’ I realise that it doesn’t necessarily have to be with me for that to happen… a strange emotion all the same… Made me smile (that and some cold hard cash in my hand!).

Three Great Rules Jo Howe Book Sculptures
Three Great Rules
Three Great Rules detail Jo Howe Book Sculptures
Three Great Rules detail
Three Great Rules detail Jo Howe Book Sculptures
Three Great Rules detail
Arrrghhh!-2012 Jo Howe Book Sculptures
Arrrghhh!-2012
Arrrghhh!-2012-detail Jo Howe Book Sculpture
Arrrghhh!-2012-detail

New work – Commissioned piece

Not my usual approach but the work is a response to a very special family occasion. I really enjoyed this diversion from my normal practice and as always, found new things to learn and new problems to solve… Experimentation is a wonderful methodology!

Butterfly Illustrated 2012 - Jo Howe, Book Sculpture
Butterfly Illustrated (Diamond delight) 2012
Butterfly Illustrated 2012 - Jo Howe Book Sculpture
Butterfly Illustrated (Diamond delight) 2012
Butterfly Illustrated 2012 - Jo Howe Book Sculpture
Butterfly Illustrated (Diamond delight) 2012 – Detail
Butterfly Illustrated 2012 - Jo Howe Book Sculpture
Butterfly Illustrated (Diamond delight) 2012 – Detail

New work – ‘A Sense of Self’

Ok, so I’ve been busy working with some amazing staff and pupils at a local special educational needs school exploring our ‘sense of self’? Really has been quite a journey which will culminate in a group show of pupils, staff and about 14 professional artists entitled ‘A sense of self’. I’m really looking forward to the show, a celebration of creative expression and diversity.

So here is a new work that I am submitting. It really has been interesting… when all my work essentially stems from personal experiences to focusing on oneself specifically, the dynamics of my practice shifted.

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Marketing… how to get your work noticed

Ok, so this is very old news, but still worth talking about. I really enjoy this artist’s work, but also most intrigued by the motives behind leaving work anonymously…  Either way, unique and delicious gifts celebrating all things ‘book’ or a ingenious marketing campaign ( when the artist is revealed, everyone is already talking about the work and the creator)… giving me ideas around how to break the cloak of an artists invisibility.