Category Archives: Scrapbooks

Sketchbook!

This past Autumn I launched a new illustration magazine! Twice each year, subscribers of Sketchbook will receive a collection of all-new unpublished illustrations, developed from my sketchbooks.

Cover: Fire and Ice Cream. Gelato and Engine 55, a streetscape in New York City’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Issue 1: Fire and Ice Cream. Gelato and Engine 55, in New York’s Little Italy neighborhood.

Summer in Italy is my first issue’s theme. My actual summer in Italy was over a decade ago, so this publication is a sort of nostalgic daydream Atlas of Italy.

Here I am in New York City, looking at Sketchbook, in front of the fire station depicted on the cover.

Here I am in New York, looking at Sketchbook, in front of the fire station depicted on the cover.

You can see more of the first issue here.

There are still a few copies of issue 1 left. Issue 2 will ship in the Spring of 2017. If you are an art buyer or art director, you can subscribe for FREE here.

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Scrapbooking in UPPERCASE 18

upper-case-spread

Checkout issue 18 of UPPERCASE Magazine, their newest and special “Cut it Out” edition, filled with articles about scrapbooks, collage work – both 3D and 2D, and a multitude of other fantastic features. Page 108-109 An Artist’s Scrapbook depicts spreads from my own scrapbooks accompanied by few paragraphs I wrote about my process and how it relates to my art practice. For more images of my scrapbooks see My Swipe File part 1 and part 2.

Issue 18's cover features the work of Sarah Bridgland

Issue 18’s cover features the work of artist Sarah Bridgland

 

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Handwriting Analysis: A Collection

A country veterinarian’s journal

A sad tale

The journal of Douglas Young, 1898–99

Thomas Field’s scrapbook, Galt, Ontario

Found in a Calgary bookshop. Sprinkled with four-leaf clovers

The handwriting: H.R.H. Prince Arthur

Money Spent in 1931, by H. Wilbur Schwartz of Wayne County, New York

Pants + spenders + socks for $3.68! A bushed of turnips for 10 cents!

I picked up this book, attracted by the handwriting throughout in the margins:

The Hall of Hellingsley Volume III, by Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges, published in 1821

“This book is a mere parcel of balderdash”

Love Letters: Lawrence and Louise

Dearest Louise

Dearest Lawrence

Dearest Louise

Dearest Lawrence


Return to Sender

An absolute tonne of mail, art and mail-art has passed through Box 6704. It’s all stitched together in stacks of encyclopaedia-like folios, numbered and date-stamped.

Emptied my post office box for the last time this week. I opened this box at Station A when I moved to Toronto — the rent was $20/year. Now it’s $200! 😦


My Swipe File: Part 2

Found this damaged empty record sleeve book at Goodwill. Replaced the damaged sleeves with brown-paper packing paper rescued from someone's trash and bound into a book form. I like the title, Linguaphone, the collages I am creating in this book are a visual language created from bits and pieces of paper torn from magazines, found on the ground, from food packaging...

Here’s some of what’s inside:

If you like scrapbooks, there’s a great article on the Brakhage Scrapbooks here. Be sure to check out the podcast. Also check out this interesting Flikr set of pages from poet Edwin Morgan’s Scrapbooks.


My Swipe File

Back in art school my teachers advised me to create a swipe file — a collection of magazine clippings and paper ephemera depicting anything visual — stuff I liked, stuff that inspired me, samples of good design, bad design… I filled a filing cabinet with reference for everything. The only problem was that I never looked at it. A few years ago I started gluing it all into scrapbooks. I’ve managed to reduce that filing cabinet’s contents into two books. I find my swipe file much more accessible now and I look at it all the time. I’ve stopped taking them with me everywhere I go, though—security at SFO didn’t like them and they took me aside to slowly scrutinize every single page. Here is some of what they saw:


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