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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592533167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592533169
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Holly Harrison is the author of Collage for the Soul: Expressing Your Hopes and Dreams Through Art, Altered Books, Collaborative Journals, and Other Adventures in Bookmaking, and Complete Bathroom Design. A contributor to Metropolitan Home and other magazines, she has also taught at City College in New York and edited both fiction and nonfiction books. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her family, where she hides her secret collection of Elvis-themed art.

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Customer Reviews

My only complaint about this book is that there is not enough fiber art.
Kimberly A. Hambric
If you love to read about what inspires artists and about people's creative process you will really enjoy this book.
ChristineMM
It will be the one you return to again and again for inspiration and information.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly A. Hambric on October 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Definitely a grab bag of goodies: Nuts, prizes and candy (literally). After reading other reviews, I had to put in my 2 cents. Yes, some of the pieces in this book are more "crafty" than others. The cover of the book makes no claim to presenting art rather than craft. The word "art" covers more ground today than in the past & I would consider most of these pieces works of art. Duchamp's mounted urinal entitled "fountain" was considered art in its day (and probably still is). Art is in the eye of the creater and the beholder. If you're not creating or beholding, then why bother to complain. So what's the matter with the pieces presented in this book? What's the matter with craft anyway? Geez.

The techniques explained might not walk you start to finish and help you achieve the exact works of art presented here. They do provide starting points for the reader to come up with their own artworks. Sorry, there are no step-by-step methods to transfering photos to lampshades. There are loads of insights into how each artist creates. I purchased this book to read each artist's "spark", their methods, and their tools. I also want to look at the beautiful photos again and again.

My only complaint about this book is that there is not enough fiber art.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 3, 2008
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After a quick introduction to collage and collage tools, the book is divided into two sections.

Section one features in-depth profiles of five artists. Each artist is interviewed and interesting questions are asked about their creative process, their inspiration and why they choose to use the materials that they do. Multiple pieces of their artwork are shown. One project is featured with stepped-out directions and photos so you can learn their technique.

The five artists profiled and directions for their project are:
1. Laurinda Bedingfield: 3D collage book sculpture with photographs
2. Barbara DePirro: using acrylic gel medium to create the look of encaustic
3. Paula Grasdal: printmaking and collage
4. Sharon McCartney: mixed-media multi-paneled wall hanging
5. Teesha Moore: mixed-media journal page

Section two is a gallery of two pieces of artwork from 20 different contemporary mixed-media artists. The information includes brief technique explanation, inspiration, and a list of supplies used.

The strengths of this book are that there is a great variety of type of artwork represented. This is not a book of fads and trends. It was clear to me that each artist is following their own voice and making their own unique kind of art that they enjoy working with. For this reason I treasure the book, because there are other publications on the market which seem to display the `trend of the season'. This book is fresh and unique. Just seeing different types of artwork and seeing these artists using their own inner voices to guide their art (even if I personally didn't love the look of all of it) made me want to go and make some art.

The book closes with some essays on the topic of the artist on the Internet.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S. Busuttil on October 23, 2007
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I am not quite sure what I expected from this book. Yes, I did think there would be the same type of collage and craft but what I did not expect was the same old hats on people, heads on other bodies (refer to T.Moores stuff on the cover and inside) techniques that have been done to death to name a few negative points. It was a grave disappointment. It would seem there really has been nothing new from this area of paper arts for an awful long time.

A few good points about the book is that it uses some male artists in a predominately female field. Further, the photography and lay out is very good. It also discusses faux encaustics. Sadly, I bought it and sold it in the same week.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Claudine Hellmuth on September 15, 2007
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I got my pre-release copy of this book just a couple days ago, and I am so impressed. Holly did an amazing job gathering together a wide variety of artists, who all do mixed media work but each have their own aesthetic. This book shows just how many different directions a mixed media artist can take their vision. Wonderful eye candy and inspiration!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angelandspot on June 10, 2013
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I love looking at the collages in this book esp. the Zetti collages. I find myself looking at this book almost weekly to enjoy the artwork in it.
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By Ann Batten on May 20, 2014
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Hi this is another book which helps to give me inspiration for my creativity. Good condition on arrival. Thank you.
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By Ja on April 7, 2014
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Lots of ideas and inspiration in this book. I love collage but I need pictures to copy. This book is very helpful.
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By Judith L Ecton on July 14, 2013
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Great ideas to get the creative mind going. You can also fina a lot of this similiar type stuff on utube but it's nice to have all the info in one place.
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