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hello patterns & paws

28 Jun

Long time blog readers will be excited today, as I am sharing more progress from the collaborative sketchboooks that I’ve been creating for a while now with my talented friend Anika Starmer (the envelope below contained my recent additions). patternsandpaws1Several years ago, we embarked on an exciting project together, and haven’t looked back since. The basis of patterns & paws was spawned from the fact that Anika loves patterns and I love paws; we just decided to draw in sketchbooks together. We create diptychs, where Anika draws on the left pages while I draw on the right, and we also work on pieces together, overlapping our imagery on two page spreads. If you would like to see the evolution of the project be sure to check out these six previous posts (in chronological order):  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Below are my latest additions to the books: the first three photos capture my responses to Anika’s most recent patterns, while the last three show the new pages I created for Anika to draw upon. patternsandpaws2 patternsandpaws3 patternsandpaws4 patternsandpaws7 patternsandpaws5 patternsandpaws6Let Anika and I know what you think of our collaborative books; commments and thoughts are always appreciated!

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patterns & paws

14 Jun

I made friends with Anika Starmer on twitter over half a year ago now… She is a lovely designer/artist/friend who is supportive, encouraging and a total sweetheart. When it comes to creating, she is fascinated with pattern, line & color and her love of these elements is easy to understand if you take a peek at her funky creations on her blog. We have been trading mail art for several months, but I wanted to push it to a new level… so I created a collaborative project we could both work on, that could be then sent back and forth through the postal system. Essentially the premise is based on the fact that Anika is fascinated with textile, motifs and design while I’m obsessed with animals, texture and anatomy… with our two main focuses in mind, the collaborative and postal bound project patterns & paws was born.

The project utilizes two blank moleskine cahiers and I have already created the front and back cover designs and marked them as volume 1 / volume 2. The way the project works is Anika will make imagery on the left-hand pages, I’ll draw on the right-hand pages and then there will be some 2 page spreads featuring our imagery colliding: thus creating a book full of vertical diptychs (two images, one piece) and horizontal mixed images (2-page spread) of patterns and paws.  Why are we working on two at the same time??? So that when the project sadly comes to a close, we each get to keep a volume (no need to fight over ONE sketchbook).Each time both books get sent, a minimum of 6 new drawings must be made in each sketchbook: 2 images in response to the images drawn by the other artist on the opposite page, 2 new drawings opposite blank pages for the other artist to respond to and finally 2 images over 2 page spreads that include both of our drawings working together (again one started by me and one started by anika). This way whenever either Anika or I recieve the sketchbook, we get to finish or create diptychs by drawing something inspired by/in correspondence to the opposite image. Then we also get to create cohesive images by sketching together on both left and right pages to create horizontal images with our styles intermingling. There are no rules on what mediums to use… Make sense? My first page in both books were drawn in pencil and feature two different ground squirrels (one of which is the pesky marmot who has been chewing at my car). The second page in both sketchbooks, is a black gocco screenprint of dog paws. Anika will be the first to start a two-page horizontal spread that we will both contribute to.She finally found the fat stamp plastered envelope that contained the sketchbooks just yesterday, after what feels like weeks of anticipation (especially because it was returned to me demanding 22 cents more postage, UGH). Along for the ride were my two zines that I owed her, a paint palette sticker and my fairly sloppy project explanation note.  I have A LOT of collaborative projects on the go, and it is exciting! My good friend and mentor Carney Oudendag and I began altering an accordion book, which I recently blogged about here. I am currently binding two books for an upcoming project with Justice Bicycle that we will launch in August when she visits for her “artist residency” at my print studio. I am halfway through my pages on Jessica Mack’s Traveling Journal  and will be posting my contribution to this collaborative effort next week when I send it off to Jeannine Saylor. And at some point when I find some time amongst all of this summer madness, I really ought to resurrect an old altered book collaboration that Marcus Jackson and I started a few years ago, (it become forgotten amongst our ACAD projects during our studies a few years ago). So make sure you check back to learn more about some of these yet-to-be-detailed collaborative projects or to see how the ones that have already been chronicled, evolve and transform.