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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536263
  • ASIN: B008SM0UIO
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,926,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perrella, Lynne. Art Making, Collections & Obsessions: An Intimate Exploration of the Mixed-Media Work and Collections of 35 Artists. Quarry: Quayside. 2008. 160p. photogs. ISBN 978-1-59253-363-3. $26.99," FINE ARTS Perrella (Beyond Paper Dolls) features creative uses by 35 artists of found and collected objects such as buttons, shells, textiles, photos, suitcases, utensils, and other castoffs that are given second lives in art projects. Examples of each artistAEs works are displayed on a colorful double-page spread, with large photo reproductions and commentary that includes quotations from writers and musicians. Some of the most innovative and clever applications are wedding-cake-box sculptures, worn and painted gloves, and outlandishly decorated corsets and military garb. Instead of serious intellectual art, this is more a showcase of works by artists having fun with trinkets and treasured ephemera. Contact information and artist web sites are included at the back. A popular crafts addition suitable for many public collections.

Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL, Library Journal, April 2008

About the Author

Lynne Kendall Perrella is a mixed-media artist, author, designer, workshop instructor, and incurable collector. Her interests include collage, assemblage, one-of-a-kind books, and art journals. She conducts creativity workshops in the United States and abroad and exhibits collage in galleries throughout the Berkshire Mountains.
www.lkperrella.com


More About the Author

Welcome to my Author's page. I live and breathe mixed media artwork. I am a collage artist, author, and workshop instructor. Years ago, I was consulting with another artist who was writing a book on Altered Books. I knew many colleagues in that field and was happy to make recommendations and forward along any potentially-helpful information to her. One day, I got an email from her stating that she had decided to also include the topic of Art Journals in her book. I immediately fired back: "Hey! That subject should have its OWN book"; and she recommended that I work up my own book proposal on the subject. On an impulse, I went ahead with the idea, and within a week I started writing my first book, "Artist's Journals and Sketchbooks", published by Rockport/Quarry in 2004. I realized how affirming it was to be an advocate and a spokesperson for a topic I felt strongly about; plus it was a joy to feature the work of artists I knew and respected....plus some new faces. The other compartments of my life, as a full-time artist and a workshop instructor, work well with my more recent role as an author. All of the aspects, of all these endeavors, seem to interact perfectly. Since my first book, I have gone on to do four other titles. "Alphabetica", "Beyond Paper Dolls", "Art-Making: Collections & Obsessions" and my latest book, "Art-Making & Studio Spaces". Every aspect of doing a book project is interesting; from the first sudden "what if?" vision of a potential book idea, to planning the book map/pagination, to working with my photographer, to interacting with the contributing artists, and getting the guidance and coaching from the editors at Rockport/Quarry. Not unlike the art-making process itself, my goal as an author is to attempt something that is unique, distinctive, and personal. I would like artists and non-artists alike to encounter my books and feel that they are being welcomed into a fascinating artform (mixed media) where personal artistic exploration is alive and well.

Customer Reviews

Congratulations to Lynne Perrella for this wonderful book.
Di West
The photographs of the artwork and collections are stunning and so inspiring.
patti lawrence
As with her previous books, you will refer back to this book time and again.
Leslie Aja

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Susan Wood on February 19, 2008
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I've been anxiously awaiting this book since it was first announced. The topic fascinated me. The list of artists included is inspiring. The book is lavishly illustrated. So why is it only worth two stars?

For me, the book doesn't deliver on its promises. I was hoping for in-depth discussion of how and why individual artists collect and how their collecting and collections influence their work. What the book delivers is a series of 'sound-bites' which don't go beyond superficial observations. It never comes to grips with its theme.

The organisation of the book doesn't help, with comments and work from each artist spread across several (loosely) thematic chapters. Perhaps a meatier book would have resulted if each artist had been covered in a section of their own. The reader would have certainly got a better sense of each artist's work that way.

The images are beautiful, but they too are frustrating. Some are badly framed. Not everything is captioned, and the captions that are provided are not very informative. Many of the photographs are over-styled. This is particularly annoying when it is the work itself that is being shown. In some cases it is impossible to tell where the work stops and the other bits and pieces start.

It is a pretty enough coffee table book but lacking in substance. I'm happy enough to keep it, but if I'd seen in a bookshop it would have stayed on the shelf.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Platten on March 4, 2008
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I ordered this book with the expectation that I would get to see inside artists studios with all their "stuff". I want to see the environment other artists work in and how they tick including those things they are obsessed about having in their studios to work with or be inspired by. Well, that's NOT what I got in this book. While the photography is stunning, I was disappointed to find that there are only a few photos even shot inside an artists studio but also that all the "collections" for the photos were very staged. It makes for a 'pretty' book but that wasn't what I was looking for. It's a coffee table book for people who just like to have books laying around. It's not something to sink your teeth into. I love all of Lynne Perrella's other books but this one was disappointing. Had I realized I had 30 days to return it, it would have flown back to the post office the day I opened it. I just ran across the receipt and had hit my 30 days so I'm stuck with it. I felt I wasted my money. Maybe I just had wrong expectations of the book and it just wasn't for me.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Bales on March 26, 2008
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Although I knew before purchasing this book that it was focused on the collections of different artists, because the lead person is Lynne Perrella I guess I expected it to be more artful. Although it was lovely to look at and the various collections were interesting, this book really isn't more than eye candy -- expensive eye candy. I would recommend that you go into a bookstore or library and look it over before you make this purchase.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anne Luther on February 4, 2008
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If you are a mixed media artist, as I am, or just a want to be, you will love Lynne Perrella's latest book. One hundred and sixty delicious pages of gorgeous photos and artists, sharing their passion for collections and their obsessions with papers, found objects and flea market finds.

I am a big fan of Lynne's work and in this book she leads us on a tour of artist's studios, storage areas and of course their art work, while giving insights into the physic of the creative collector. All of my favorite artists are represented here, Michael de Meng, Susan Lenart-Kazmer, Keith Lo Bue and Gail Rieke with many works I have not see before. I wanted to crawl right into the pages and live there for a while, letting it all get under my skin.

This book is a touchstone that you will come back to over and over again. It will move you to the local thrift stores to add to your collections, or into your studio to make art. No bothersome how to instructions here, just plenty of inspiration.

A beautiful coffee table book, with Lynne's heart stopping art on the cover. I had to check my Amazon receipt twice to be sure it was correct, a real bargain which will have a place of honor in my studio.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mixed Media art affectionado on February 12, 2008
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Big, beautifully photographed book. Don't buy it looking to learn anything. It's just pictures of people's collections basically. I was very disappointed and it is an expensive book. Usually, Lynn Perella's books are usually awesome. I didn't like this one at all. I am sure I will return it. I can see pretty pictures on the net.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lauregon on March 11, 2008
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This is the most inspiring art book I've seen in a long, long time. I saw it on the shelf at Borders, and vaguely remembered I'd read something somewhere about a forthcoming Perella book. I took it off the shelf and browsed through it, and got a big rush: Have To Buy!Have To Buy!Have To Buy! followed by, "Oh-h-h-h, I should wait. I've already blown my book budget for this quarter and I don't even have a discount coupon. Oh, how selfish I am even thinking about buying yet another book. Easter expenses coming up and two birthdays and dental work to pay for...etc., etc., etc.." So, I put Perella's book back on the shelf and walked away. But, then I turned around and walked back and picked it up again and looked through it some more---almost hyperventilating all the while---and...put it back on the shelf, but, in the end, I bought the book and I'm completely enamored with it. Upstairs and downstairs, and back up and back down again, I've carried it with me, keeping it close by, browsing through it over and over, each time a pleasure.

As one with a long history as an artist/maker of the odd object and collector of disjecta membra and tattered discards, the book practically sings to me. It's not a how-to book, but instead, could, I think, be aptly described as an afternoon's outing through an intimate art gallery. The photography is glorious; Perella's books always are. The text is superb, both beautifully sensitive and generously nuanced in its reportage of the artists' purposes and devotion to collecting and art making. Truly, of all the excellent art books and magazines I've bought in recent months and years, this is the most personally stimulating and inspiring of all! So inspiring, in fact, that I'm seriously contemplating unearthing my own packed-away collected treasures and either putting them on display---or better yet, making 3-dimensional mixed-media art again!
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