- Spiral-bound: 144 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (July 26, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568986882
- ISBN-13: 978-1568986883
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...a collection of step-by-step projects and idea-inducing tips for aspiring creatives and activists alike....Get ready to leave things way more interesting than you found them. -- Penescola Independent News, September 2007
"Some people join Greenpeace and throw themselves in front of assive whaling ships.. which is a good thing, but not all of us are destined to become committed social activists. Inspired by the philosophy that great change can begin with smal steps, The Guerilla Art Kit is about inventive ways to not only take a stand on issues about which you feel passionate, but also contribute to the world creatively." -- Frances Atkinson --Make It Yourself, August 4, 2007
"The Guerilla Art Kit shows how small artistic acts can start a revolution. Release your inner artist or activist using the step by step excersizes, cut out projects, sticker ideas and more." --Avenue Bookstore
"the untrained would-be Banksy will appreciate her clear instructions, cool illustrations, and handy list of books and websites for further reading." --Time Out Chicago, November 22, 2008
"the perfect gift for your socially concious, NoLogo-loving friend who is too polite to throw a trash can through the window of Starbucks. Smith never turns preachy as she explains hwo to transform your environment and get other people thinking with simple tools like chalk, wheat paste, yarn and found objects." -- RL --Time Out Chicago, November 22-28, 2007
"The Guerilla Art Kit contains everything you need to put your message out into the world. " --The Brunswick St. Bookstore, 2008
"The most apealing feature to this new work is its whimsical apearance. The small 6 x 7.5 manual looks as if the author has just finished asembling it with a particular reader in mind.... The thrill of anonymity and adding to the environment creatively is quite appealing." -- Beth Hemke Shapiro --Fore Word, December 1, 2007
"author-turned-guerilla artist Keri Smith describes a basic formula for a seed bomb that incldes two parts native seeds, three parts compost, five parts red or brown clay(find this at a ceramic supply store), and some water. Form together in a small penny-sized ball, dry for 24 to 48 hours, and drop at will. " --Whole Living, June, 2008
"The lay-flat hardcover binder format is perfect for a toolkit on making stickers, wheat paste, stencils and more lending to putting a message out in the world. It's all about using inexpensive and common materials to put one's message out: chapter provide simple illustrations and recipes for slogan stickers and more. A top pick for any DIY business or advertising student." --The Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Keri Smith is an author and illustrator turned guerilla artist. She is the author of several books including Living Out Loud and Tear Up This Book and the creator of the popular weblog Wish Jar Journal, which attracts over ten thousand readers daily.
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This is a great gift, especially if you or the recipient needs to loosen up and think outside the box about something. I love for example the superhero exercise for its smart and fun perspective on how guerilla art is an empowering mode of communicating ideas that you value. By following her advice, you will discover that random acts of guerilla-art as kindness help make the change you want to see in the world. This makes me happy, which I think has valuable therapeutic affects on the body. A real great guide for deep self-guided therapy that I found is Barbara Ganim's Art and Healing: Using Expressive Art to Heal Your Body, Mind, and Spirit.
So if you are wild at heart or really need a book to make you become this way - get this book. It is not for the conservatives or the paranoids out there.
The concept of guerilla art is a clever one. Who doesn't find the idea of a sneak attack appealing? The notion of walking tiptoe through some moldy paradigms to pop up suddenly with a speedy installation of public art and slipping away before the masses shake the haze from their eyes feels personal and fun. As a self-defined non-artist I look for ways to articulate impressions that feel like me rather than feel like art. The descriptor "non-artist" relieves most societal and personal pressure and expectation leaving room to play with ideas that include genuine expression of my self and my experiences. When a sharp idea like guerilla art comes along it adds a measure of amusement to the process. I'm already envisioning an art rebellion complete with secret handshake and passwords and covert operations to be carried out by members of the creative underground - a sort of "Hogan's Heroes" meets Bansky plus flash mob.
Jennifer New's book gave me insight into what a journal could be but the artistic skill exhibited in those pages is a bit daunting to one who scribbles on scraps and torn pages and later can't read her own writing. The Guerilla Art Kit, while not a journal oriented, fleshed out my perspective with fun, quirky ideas and created a new line of thinking for me. Its unconventional cover and construction siphon away the intimidation factor - it's a tool the average non-artist can love unconditionally. It truly is enchanting.
easy to follow directions for some simple projects, backed by brilliant ideas, good research,
and thoughtful consideration of public spaces and the environment. I can't wait to round
up my friends and try some of her suggestions!