Here is the long awaited video of my artist book “A Fish Story” – first I had to catch it (make the video), then I had to grill it (edit it down to one minute – the gallery wants all videos at a minute or less) then I had to de-bone it (remove the sound) after a next-door friend said he could hear his electric sander in the background of the video. (Q: How does a deaf person edit sound on a video? A: Verrry carefully with help from spouse and friends!) But finally… here is A Fish Story!
Practicing my video techniques again in prep for filming my pop-up book “A Fish Story” (see more about that elsewhere on my blog)… this time I’m practicing video with a rabbit. Even had to “trim” my original video. But don’t worry, no actual bunnies were harmed in the production of this artist book or the film of it.
As I’ve been sharing on my blog today – www.sueclancy.com – I’m working on a pop-up book titled “A Fish Story”. In the photos below I’m living dangerously; I’m taking my now-dry pages and binding them carefully so that the parts that make the movable pop-up parts will be hidden – but will still allow for movement. In one of the photos you can see some of the hidden works before it’s hidden. I call the binding “living dangerously” because I’ve spent months at hand making each page so one slip of my knife now, or a mistake with the binding, and a page is dead! Some people sky dive or bungee cord jump or visit with elderly relatives… me, I bind a pop-up book. Whew!
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: