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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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 🙂

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
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!

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

 

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

Books, words and sharing inspirations

Of course, book sculpture, book arts, artist books or altered books have been around for a considerable time. I am inspired by many artists and having just been asked by a good friend to recommend some creative book viewing pleasure, I thought it would be good to share to a broader audience… so here are some of those artists that particularly delight me in this field sometimes with their concept, sometimes their amazing skill and craft and of course many with all those ingredients rolled into one!

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do…

American Peoples - Brian Dettmer

The outrageously talented Brian Dettmer

Alice a mad tea party - Su Blackwell

The delightful, playful work of Su Blackwell 

Grand Larousse - Guy Laramee

Jaw dropping Guy Laramee

Anthologia (Devotion Series) - Jacqueline Rush Lee

The colourful feminine work of Jacqueline Rush Lee

Persuasion - Georgia Russell

The precision of Georgia Russell 

Untitled (yellow book) - Jill Sylvia

Patience and concept of Jill Sylvia

Beautiful Inside My Head Forever: Damien Hirst - Noriko Ambe

Intriguing Norike Ambe 

Traumgedanken (“Thoughts on dreams”) - Maria Fischer

Exquisite work of Maria Fischer

Whisplash - Meg Hitchcock

Intricate Meg Hitchcock

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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Developing work

Sometimes the work flows with the greatest of ease in a delicious almost unstoppable outpouring. Sometimes it’s like prising out the stone from an unripe peach.

Is the fact that work is born from different mind sets could dramatically alter the value and reception of what is produced?

Ah… well… some work ongoing…