Artful Jesters, by Nicholas Rouse

Artful Jesters: Innovations of Visual Wit and Humor, by Nicholas Rouse, is truly inspiring and delightful, whether you’re a collector or a mixed-media artist. In 157 glossy pages with high-quality photos, you’ll discover art you never new existed. It’s a weird, witty, wonderful book that’s sure to make you smile. The cover image (at left) is an example, combining an actual iron with feathers in an assemblage that surprises and… Read More »

Collage Discovery Workshop, by Claudine Hellmuth

Collage Discovery Workshop: Make Your Own Collage Creations Using Vintage Photos, Found Objects and Ephemera, by Claudine Hellmuth is classic and among the very best introductions to extraordinary collage techniques. While many paper and mixed media artists have taken collage in extreme directions, a return to the basics is essential for new artists keeping illustrated journals, and those who want to explore “home grown” collage arts. In the early 2000s,… Read More »

The Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art, by Katherine Duncan Aimone

The Fiberarts Book of Wearable Art, by Katherine Duncan Aimone is a lovely, lavishly illustrated book to inspire fiber and fabric artists. It’s like attending a stylish, wearable art fashion show in the comfort of your own home. In 171 pages — on high-quality paper — you’ll see an array of wonderful wearables by fiber artists based in the United States. Two insightful essays introduce readers to the evolving scene… Read More »

Bookworks, by Sue Doggett

Bookworks, by Sue Doggett is a visually inspiring book. It’s an ideal beginner’s book for anyone interested in creating handmade books. It’s also a useful guide for intermediate book artisans who want to revisit basic technique, or bring handmade books back into their daily routines. Most of this book teaches readers how to select supplies for making books, and ways to organize, bind, and (perhaps) embellish your books to make… Read More »

Trending Influence of Origami and Paper Folding

After watching the documentary, Between the Folds, I decided to see what’s new in origami and related paper folding arts. For starters, a new (possibly) Banksy graphic was a very affirmative nod to the growing popularity of origami as fine art, and fiber manipulation in general. New Origami Graffiti Art Might Be a Banksy Original! | Inhabitat … inhabitat.com3/26/12 This awesome crane and goldfish are reported to be Banksy’s latest… Read More »