A road trip to the Oregon Coast took my wife and I through the Oregon wine country. Hills flow up and down along the road giving me a view of vineyards from different angles – including a near “birds eye” view from above. The view inspired a pattern design and I made lots of notes in my sketchbook.
Back at my studio I use a number of techniques to make my patterns on paper: marbling, paste paper, stenciling… and more.. then when the paper is dry I make fine art with it, or an artist book, or art apparel or all of the above if the paper is large enough. Anyway, here’s a picture my wife took of me creating that “vineyard inspired” pattern on paper using my stencil-past-paper combo technique:
Sue Clancy creating a pattern on paper using a stencil-paste paper technique on hand dyed paper
When I think of a pattern design concept the pattern itself “tells a small story” – so I like to apply that “story” in several different ways. But how I use the “story pattern” depends on the larger story I want to tell. For example: one of my favorite things to do is sit with a glass of wine and read a book while wearing my pajamas – so I used parts of this vineyard inspired patterned paper when I created one of my fine art pieces that is about books/education. The art piece is titled “The Read Hat” and is specifically about how we tenaciously (like little dogs gather toys) collect information into our heads but I’m sure you’ll note the vineyard patterned “pajama’s” the dog is wearing. “The Read Hat” is currently at the Caplan Art Designs gallery in Portland Oregon.
Also I have friends who like scarves – and wine – so, while thinking the fun thought that someone could “wear” a vineyard – like the dog in my fine art piece – I did a scarf design with the same green dot pattern (titled “Vineyard Aerial View) that is now available via VIDA http://www.shopvida.com/collections/sue-clancy
Here is a picture of both projects:
The left image shows a fine art piece by Sue Clancy titled “The Read Hat” which uses the pattern design inspired by an aerial view of a vineyard. The image on the right is of a scarf designed with the same green-dot pattern design titled “Vineyard Aerial View”.
In the current August 2016 issue of Oregon Coast Magazine I have an article titled “Sketching The Coast”! Right there, in print, on page 42 it says “illustrations by Sue Clancy” (Wow!) !! On the title page of the magazine next to a big 42 it reads “An illustrator records her travel experiences to Newport in whimsical cartoons”. How fun is that for a teaser?! But just think, my messy sketchbook, in print, in a slick glossy magazine, Oregon Coast Magazine, a gadzillion copies of which are actually available on newsstands right this minute! Blows my mind to contemplate that. Here’s a link to their website: http://www.oregoncoastmagazine.com/index.html – so you can order a copy mailed to you if you live someplace like Ohio, Pennsylvania or Timbuktu – but you’ll only see my article up close if you get an actual physical printed copy! Yep, you guessed it, I’m loving the whole “my art in print” thing!
Sue Clancy’s illustrated article in the August 2016 issue of Oregon Coast Magazine
Recently I took a wonderful road trip to Boise Idaho to visit family there. Drove through the Columbia River Gorge on the Oregon side… saw waterfalls on the way to Idaho, saw the sunlight on the Boise foothills, then on the way home – again through the Columbia River Gorge – there was a spectacular sunset, sun shining on the rocky cliffs above the water. Needless to say I jotted pattern notes in my sketchbook. (I stopped at a rest stop to do that – don’t worry I did not draw and drive!) When I got back to the studio I created my patterns on handmade paper and then, after the papers were dry, photographed and uploaded the patterns to my signature collection at VIDA. http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/sue-clancy I’m imagining how fun it will be in the middle of winter to wear a waterfall, a summer sunset or the sunlit Boise foothills!
I’ve been updating my Artist Book page on my website so that there is a link to my book “Coffee Please” (so you can flip through it) in the 23 Sandy Gallery Wanderlust exhibit catalog. That exhibit opens tonight!
And I’ve posted on that same Artist Book page another of my artist books – in a way you can look through it too. Scroll down on the page to find it. It’s titled “Metamorphosis”. Here’s a teaser image:
Page 4 and 5 from Metamorphosis by Sue Clancy, unique artist book, 13 inches x 10 inches (closed)
Happy reading! And just in case you have trouble with the link for my Artist Book page here it is spelled out: https://sueclancy.com/artist-books/
This coming weekend is the opening for “Wanderlust” a book arts exhibit at the 23 Sandy Gallery! I am lucky enough to have a unique artist book in this exhibit that has a lot of impressive book artist’s work in it! Here is a link to the online exhibit http://23sandy.com/works/product-category/current/wanderlust in case you can’t make it to Portland Oregon this weekend. You can also get more information about the exhibit and a copy of the exhibit catalog here: http://23sandy.com/works/wanderlust (I just love the paradoxical pun of being able to buy a limited edition book about an exhibit of artist books!)
Here is a past blog post about my book “Coffee Please?” which is in this exhibit: https://sueclancy.com/2016/04/29/coffee-delivered/
And here is a card from the 23 Sandy Gallery about the exhibit:
card about the artist book exhibit “Wanderlust” at the 23 Sandy Gallery
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!
Just found out that my artist book “Coffee Please?” was accepted for the upcoming Wanderlust exhibit at the 23 Sandy Gallery!! http://www.23sandy.com/ I’m excited! More info about, and pictures of, “Coffee Please?” here: https://sueclancy.com/category/artist-book/ Going to go do my happy dance now!!
side A of “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy – a unique handmade artist book
In this previous post I was in the process of creating a one-of-a-kind artist book for the 23 Sandy Gallery. I’ve finished it now and it’s titled “Coffee Please?” Here are pictures:
handmade box front cover for “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy
handmade box back cover for “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy
side B of “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy
side A of “Coffee Please?” by Sue Clancy
Been busy creating a new one-of-a-kind artist book for the 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland Or. http://www.23sandy.com/
This book is titled “Coffee Please? A dialect guide for the United States”. To create this book I’ve gone through all of my travel sketchbooks, kept as I traveled across the United States, noting, phonetically, the answers I got to my “Can I get some coffee please?” question.
Here is a picture of the “raw pages” in stages of production before “binding” as a book…
Pages from an artist book being created by Sue Clancy titled “Coffee Please? A dialect guide for the United States”
Tomorrow I’ll be installing my “Verrry Big Project” so while I’m getting ready to deliver the art I’m thinking about my next sketchbook publishing action. I want to publish my Oregon Coast Sketchbook (some sample pages are in this post and elsewhere on my blog) – but shall I do it as a printed book? an ebook? or both?
I’ve heard that some people have enjoyed my sketchbook that I published as an ebook titled “Coffee Table Book” (link here: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/coffee-table-book) but that had recipes and fine art along with my sketchbook pages – so perhaps that made it interesting to folks?
My Oregon Coast Sketchbook is a travelogue, memoir and culture-study done in (duh!) a sketchbook form. Would you want to look at my Oregon Coast Sketchbook as a printed book or an ebook? If it was printed only in black-and white ’cause that’s what I can afford – what would you think of that?
Obviously I’m going to be busy the next few days with the “Verry Big Project” – but I will look forward to seeing your thoughts when I get back. And thanks in advance!
Here are some random non-sequential pages from my Oregon Coast Sketchbook: