April 02, 2012
Silent Auction Preview: Shawn Sheehy's "A Pop-Up Guide To Wildflowers"
"the dynamic ecological principles that operate in wild and in domesticated environments,") melds seamlessly and beautifully.
Artists' books can uniquely communicate complex narrative concepts through image-based and text-based channels. Within the book arts, I am most attracted to creating pop-ups—I enjoy working sculpturally within the book format. I enjoy the engineering challenge involved in developing intricate dimensional forms that fold flat. I control as much of the book production as possible: I make the paper, write the text, illustrate the images, engineer the structures, bind the folios and design the integrated whole. Pop-up images are particularly powerful in capturing a viewer's attention-—they facilitate the delivery of a potentially distasteful message with their attractive packaging. Making pop-up books for adults permits playing in the borderlands between 'youth culture' and 'adult culture' and thus striking out into new territory.
A nationally-recognized book artist, Sheehy has taught at the Center for Book Arts, and also at the Paper & Book Intensive, Penland School of Crafts, and the Columbia College Centers for Book and Paper Arts. You can visit his website here, and bid on "A Pop-Up Guide To Widlflowers" here.
-Fabulous Saturday volunteer Faith Hale is guest blogging about this week's auction for us. She's currently an apprentice at Paper Dragon in Brooklyn, and is about to take off to the West Coast to start her MFA degree at Mills College in the book arts program there. Thanks Faith!