|Back cover of pastepaper|
|Celebrating Tanabata in Japan|
The Court of the Heavenly Empress is a collage piece showing the Heavenly Empress sitting on her golden throne surrounded by five of her fairy princesses in a lively dance. The paper bits which make the court ladies are an assortment of pastepapers, marbled papers, Japanese chiyogami paper and Italian printed papers. This sort of cut-paper collage was also used in Week 24's book, Seeing Red. I love the patterned appearance of this type of collage painting. There will be more books about this folk tale in the future... and much more cut-paper collage! Imagine a series of cut-paper collage paperdolls... hummm...
|The Heavenly Empress and her court...|
One book that has me thinking about new ways to express narrative in artist books is Margaret Cogswell's new book, Book Play: Creative Adventures in Handmade Books. Margaret has done a fantastic job writing a book that is well organized, full of useful details, and wonderfully inspiring. She has expanded the definition of book to include story-telling with non-bound structures, as well as the use of unusual materials.... like tin cans and pencils! You will love this book!
|Margaret Cogswell's delightful book on making books|