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dudecraft.com - Bent Objects Review
on October 20, 2009
Lately, I've been immersing myself in business and personal development-type books and hadn't realized how badly I just needed something "fun" to read until I got Bent Objects in the mail. Back in March, I featured some of Terry Border's work on DudeCraft and became an instant fan of his clever scenes involving pocket combs, flowers, circus peanuts and cheese doodles. The book Bent Objects continues in the tradition of Terry's blog, featuring funny and sometimes dark scenes from the lives of the inanimate objects that surround us.
In less skillful hands, I imagine that a project like this could get tiresome fairly quickly, but Border's Far Side-type take on things keeps surprising the reader, page after page, and the way that he is able to create such vivid characters out of bits of wire and things from his fridge is nothing short of amazing. I continually found myself empathizing with eggs that were about to be beaten, hot dogs that were shunned by buns, and toilet paper rolls after a rough day at the office.
In addition to the characters Border creates, he also includes a nice introduction in the book that details his journey from childhood to a career in photography to the defining moment that led him to making tiny wire sculptures out of stuff in his house. He also provides commentary and sketches on a selection of pieces throughout the book that shed light on the genesis of some of his ideas. Finally, in the back of the book, there's a nifty "how-to" section that shows you how to make your own characters out of corks and wire.
If your looking for a great gift with which to kick off your Christmas shopping, Bent Objects would be a perfect fit for the creative and clever folks on your list.