Well Hello There
Hope you all are well and comfy.....
Seeing as these are the plague Times
Why not take advantage of the time and dust off some old projects/sketchbooks/etc.
Scan them/ File them away
and get a better record of some of the "sidetrack" subjects and exercises
that sit on the side of the road,out of the limelight...
These Sidetracks help the artist learn a number of things....
This particular project dates from around 2003.
The Book is from 1941 and is 11.5 x 15"
Cross Sectional Anatomy ....
Well, a long time ago there were some firework labels
( i can still smell the bucket where the used ones were kept after doing their thing....
a mix of sulphur,wet paper,sweat and asphalt, laying them in the alley to dry and stacking them carefully.) and they were destined for SOME sort of collage
or shuffled away in an ephemera folder....
While not as "artful" as Golden and Silver Age Fireworks labels
my love of kitsch,odd graphic design,and collage sensed that these would
not only be a great snapshot of that timeframe of firework label aesthtic
but could add an unlikely creative "surprise" if introduced to an older and unrelated
design framework... and this book was the perfect surface for these!
So here they are....
mostly just the pages
but will add little tidbits when necessary.
Let us begin!
Some of the pages involve just arrangements of the labels
While others have them interacting with the text and illustrations
others are just the labels...simple....for reference.....
Kind of Boring.... At least the labels re interesting...
and then....All of a sudden on page 7 or 8 of this exercise.....
Finally ,the long awaited meeting has arrived!
Here's where they start to fulfill what they were intended for....
Also had a few intriguing incense packaging that arrived at the Perfect time....
Some of these pages were hand colored by some unknown doctor or surgeon in training...
aaaaand the Anti-Climatic last page of this exercise.....
that doesn't mean that these pages won't be added to,or even revised
(lots of ephemera in the studio that needs to meet the remaining pages of this book)
I hope this odd and interesting blog entry was enjoyable!