I have been absent for a few days trying to survive. Can you say last round of midterms, work, infections, root canal and family time? It has been busy so I took a little break. On an exciting perspective, this is our last week of classes! This year has gone by too fast and now I have to finish the semester with a mixture of finals, packing and work. At least today I finished off a final project early that was inspired by this amazing lady!
I'm sure your attention has been taken by the beautiful 'book sculptures' at the beginning of the post by now. If you haven't heard of Su Blackwell yet, let me introduce her to you. She is a paper artist from England who creates scenes from books... out of books... in books.I have no hope of coming close to Su's details and techniques... but she spends up to a month on her sculptures! If you want to see the rest of her work, visit her site. No matter what medium you dabble in, her whimsical sculptures will provide lots of inspiration!
My final had to be a project reflective of something we learned about in history in a creative way. I enjoyed reading about the importance of the Encyclopedia's creation during the revolution and it's impact on the education of the world. Once I found a used Encyclopedia at the nearest thrift store, I began looking for inspiration to turn it into a masterpiece. The editor of the Encyclopedia, Denis Diderot once said, "An Encyclopedia should encompass not only the fields already covered by the academics, but each and every branch of human knowledge." I loved the metaphor of this quote and it led me to encompass the idea of fields and branches of information growing from an Encyclopedia.