As I posted to my www.sueclancy.com blog a bit ago I’m working on a pop-up book titled “A Fish Story”. Here is another photo of some freshly made (caught?) page spreads; the page at the top has a fishing line that moves, the page at the bottom has a fish that moves. In the photo I’m checking to see that the movable parts still move even after swimming in all that glue!
For several months now I’ve been working on a pop-up artist book titled “A Fish Story”. Here are a few pages with freshly glued down cut paper shapes. In the photo I’m checking to see if the pop-up movable parts still move. The page spread at the top of the photo has an actual fishing-line that moves. The page spread at the bottom has a map that folds out. Not pictured are the months I’ve spent writing the story, designing the book layout, sketching the illustration/artwork, dyeing the handmade papers then cutting (out of that dyed paper) all of the various shapes that make up the book’s story.
As readers of my blog and facebook posts know I recently had an art exhibit opening at Burnt Bridge Cellars http://www.burntbridgecellars.com/ a winery in Vancouver Washington. The wine inspired some new art… You see, during the opening party the sunlight streamed in through the large windows opposite the tasting room bar. In between talking with people I enjoyed watching the sunlight play on the wine as it poured from the bottle into the glasses. So over the next day or so I experimented with paper marbling techniques in an attempt to “catch” my memory of the light on pouring red wine. Eventually I had a pleasing-enough pattern design. Here is my pattern – and here’s a photo of a scarf I made with it that I’ve titled “Red Wine Pouring”. You can get that scarf – or view my entire art-apparel collection here: http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/sue-clancy
My first official “Signature Collection” of scarves, pocket squares and tops has just gone “live”: http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/sue-clancy – and I’m excited! By allowing my artwork to be “licensed” you get fun stuff to wear and I get to play with pattern creation (the patterns I make on paper for use in my fine art, and my fine art itself) in yet another fun way; by designing apparel!
I’m collaborating with VIDA, http://shopvida.com/, a new kind of fashion ecommerce company that connects artists like me all over the world with producers to bring our artwork to life. For every product sold VIDA will provide the gift of literacy… you can see more about that on the website link above!
Here are some teaser pics of a couple of my designs – there are many more images of my new designs at http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/sue-clancy :
Here’s my recent effort at flash fiction – with illustrations by me of course.
The Universal Drawer
By Sue Clancy
“Papadopodada” said Nanotzee, said to an adult Alienatzoa who was holding a copy of The Universal times in his four hands. “Papadopodada!” Nanotzee insisted.
“Hmmm?” grunted the adult voice from behind The Times and far far away.
“Papadopodada… where did you get this?” Nanotzee was looking at the Milky Way Galaxy which lay in chest of drawers.
Nanotzee was doing what all young Alienatzoa do – go through their adults private drawers asking personal questions.
(If you could hear them talking their words would sound a lot like this: “Gooartohozee. Nanhumota Behoobustic” and so forth, hard for us Earthlings to understand.)
A corner of The Times folded down and one of 3 eyes peered over it. “Oh. My Papadopodada gave that Universe to me for care and feeding when I was about your age. He thought it would be good for me to take responsibility” said the voice behind The Times.
Those words didn’t make much sense to Nanotzee who pulled the drawer all the way out, carried it and set it on a table carefully. After looking with three eyes a while, reading the labels and admiring the colors, Nanotzee got out the Spectacularizer. The Spectacularizer makes things appear larger than they really are. A Spectacularizer looks a lot like this.
“Wowweezowee!” exclaimed Nanotzee peering through the three eye pieces and adjusting the Spectacularizer’s knobs, buttons and lenses, making the wonderful even more spectacular.
Eventually Nanotzee said “Papadopodada…one rock, labeled Earth, has a lot of little beings all over it. Is that normal?“ A few nanoseconds later Nanotzee added “And why is your universe so big? Mine is only half this size.”
The Times folded in half. All three of the adult Alienatzoa’s eyes appeared above the fold. “Well… it’s all a matter of perspective.”
(What the adult Alienatzoa really said was “Garbledee garbledum harumphado.” But that speech took several light years to reach Earth’s atmosphere and it is likely that much was lost in translation.)
Here below is the only known image of an Alienatzoa:
Creating an illustrated poem today…
Here’s the text all typed out:
Such a nice guy
by Sue Clancy
Hey silly Sally,
You gonna eat that pie?
Or you gonna sit
with your head in the sky?
You better be careful
with your head so high
that a bird don’t hit your nose
and not be able to fly.
He might fall
into your blueberry pie.
So I’ll do you a favor and eat that quick
’cause I’m such a nice guy.
I just got contacted by the editor of Raven Chronicles magazine – they want to use my art/illustration “Crowseeds” as a front piece for their Food and Culture section in the magazine! For the next several issues! Wahooo!!!! Happy dancing starts now!
Here is the url for Raven Chronicles all spelled out: http://www.ravenchronicles.org/
And here is a teeny tiny teaser peek at “Crowseeds” – please see the coming issues of Raven Chronicles for the full love and tenderness:
At the winery I’ll have new artwork in an exhibit titled “Enjoying Time”. The opening starts at 4pm Friday evening and includes music, food and wine and, of course, visual fine art. (The exhibit will be available until the end of July – see the winery’s website for their hours)
I like having my artwork in winery’s – especially when there is good food prepared by a chef (like at the Burnt Bridge Cellars), and music – because my artwork in general is about taking time to enjoy small moments. So what better way to amplify my artistic thoughts than to exhibit my art in a way that can engage all of the senses?
Fortunately my art agents at Caplan Art Designs agree and aid and abet my efforts! (The gallery owner brought some of my artwork from the gallery and consulted about the display at the winery!) www.caplanartdesigns.com
Here is my “Enjoying Time” exhibit statement:
“After attending a symphony followed by a multi-course dinner and drinks with friends I began thinking about time; musical time, cooking time… finding, taking and spending time on things that bring joy to life. I thought about how our lives are entirely made up of time and it’s up to us to use our time well. So I began to collect, from my daily life, my own “enjoyable moments” – and recreate them for you with some of my favorite animals.”
And here (finally!) are the promised photos –
I took my artist book “Coffee Please” to the 23 Sandy Gallery today. Had an enlightening visit with the gallery owner Laura Russell talking about the role of the artist’s book in the world… Of course I’m aware of the role of the artist book in my personal life – but to talk about the artist book as it fits into a larger picture was inspiring! I also got to see other book-artist’s artist book work. Wow! All of this reminded me that I needed to define “artist book” as I see it here on this blog: It is a work of fine art that has the form and feel of a traditional book. It is fine art often in a sequential form that tells or demonstrates a narrative or concept. Sometimes an artist book can feel almost “sculptural”, showing ideas in dimensions over page-leaf spans of time.
Do you remember Pop-Up books from when you were a kid? Yeah, artist books are fun like that but are conceptually created for grown ups.
Here’s a link to pictures of my book “Coffee Please” which is about coffee and travel: https://sueclancy.com/2016/02/29/artist-book-coffee-please/
Information about the upcoming exhibit at the 23 Sandy Gallery is here: http://www.23sandy.com/Upcoming.html
And yes, Virginia, there will be an exhibit catalog available!
I’ve been reading “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and “Looking at Mindfulness” by Christophe André both books on the topic of caring for and training one’s mind. A friend also talked to me recently about her daughter’s childhood collection of glass marbles. So I’ve been contemplating both of the phrases “collecting one’s marbles” or “losing one’s marbles”. Isn’t it interesting that we use common toy marbles to make references about mental faculties? On my blog you can see a recent sketchbook page (https://sueclancy.com/2016/04/14/pug-mindfulness-sketchbook-page/) where I’m ruminating on marbles and mindfulness. Needless to say all of this thinking has inspired a new artwork I’ve just finished titled “His Marbles” 8 x 8 inches, hand dyed paper, hand stenciled paper, and acrylic on cradled board.