Another Little Book of Pavement

I think I am doing a Bach thing, or a jazz thing (a blue thing), riffing on the pavement.

The torn up, still lying there, chunky chunky, pavement.

Hey, art moves slowly… just like the municipality… which means even though the rains have ceased, I had my choice of pavement chunks to add to The Little Book of Pavement…

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littlebook of pavement inside a

littlebook of pavement inside b

littlebook of pavement inside c

So now, here’s a question:

When people ask, “What do we need to bring to the workshop?” I say things like, “Paper, ruler, mat knife…”

How can I convey the need for extraordinary things, like bits of asphalt?

Collage of the Day

In the interest of full disclosure: This is a collage of “a” day – just not “today”.

That’s because it is too cold to be hanging out in the studio for the moment, and also because I am going to spend the day at Kahve Dünyası (Coffee World) using their free Wi-Fi to download a lot of pics for presentations in Eskişehir (Omangazi Üniverstesi) and Ankara (Hacettepe University). HEY! As long as I’ll be enjoying free Wi-Fi (if in fact all is functioning), I’ll share some of them with y’all. But for now, here’s a collage on my own dime (or kuruş, to be precise) – my apologies for its fuzziness:

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If you’re curious about the technique, well, the most interesting part is all that scumbly stuff on the bottom – well, it’s the back side of a used band of gold leaf – the light yellowish part is where there is still leaf on the tape – but it is the reverse side, so it is not shiny – and all the darker colored stuff is actually the watercolor on the paper underneath – now visible through the transparent band in the areas where the leaf was removed (pressed into some mixed-media work, no doubt).

 

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(Some better views can be had on Etsy, at

https://www.etsy.com/listing/170926096/collage-environmental-protest? )

And for more on the Ankara Workshops,

https://deborahsemeldemirtas.wordpress.com/kagit-atolyeleri-paper-workshops/

Kağıt Atölyeleri – Paper Workshops

(Scroll down for English)

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Ankara’da 25 ve 26 Mart’ta Faberge Cafe’de (Kızılay’da) 2 atölye düzenledik.

Atölye’de kağıt ile çalışarak bir yanda tasarım-teknik,
diğer yanda yaratıcılığı üzerine odaklamak istiyorum. Belki ‘görsel mantığı atölyeleri’
deseydim… ama ‘görsel mantığı’ ne demek? Bunu bakacağız…

Tabii ki, bu soyut kavramsal yaklaşımın yanında atölyeden somut bir sonucu
bekleyebilirsiniz. Yani, 25 Mart’ta kolajlar yapacağız, 26 Mart’ta yaptığımız kolajlar,
defter için kullanacağız. Defterler, Japanese’ ve ‘pamphlet‘ teknikleri ile yapacağız.

Kayıt telefondan/epostadan yapılabilir.

Görüşmek üzere…

Deborah

On 25-26 March I will be giving 2 workshops in Ankara

25 March will be devoted to collage, on 26 March we will be making notebooks.
We’ll use the collages from the first day in the notebooks we will make on the second day
using 2 simple binding techniques – “Japanese” and “pamphlet”. In addition to basic techniques,
we’ll look into different aspects of creativity and “visual logic”.

To register, call or email.

See you then,

 

Paper Workshops in Ankara

Paper Workshops in Ankara

Well, I’ll be on the road in a couple of weeks, with stops in Eskişehir and Ankara.

It started out as a simple trip to hang the Eco-Siklet Traveling Design Exhibit at the Büyülü Fener cinema in Kızılay, but it seemed a long way to go just to hang an exhibit, so I got to planning, and now…

In Ankara I’ll be giving 2 workshops – a collage workshop on 25 March, and a notebook workshop on 26 March, both at the Faberge Cafe in Kızılay. If you’re interested, just click on the picture below for workshop details (in Turkish – or contact me via email for details in English).
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In Eskişehir I’ll be giving a talk on “Words in/as Art” at Osmangazi University.

Time to GET BUSY.

Top of the table

so, books…

did I mention something about making some books?…

I did do a lot of cutting and folding.

Snapshot of my drawing table at the moment:

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I did do SOME work on getting the books up and running:

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but I am having more fun at the moment reading.

I was particularly touched by a quote from Alan Kaprow that came from a

discussion on public art that I would file under the category “Art and Empathy”:

“This sense of what it means to be a social persona and the fact that every social persona has a private person inside is vital to the sense of community and to any meaningful sense of ‘public’ – of  public service. The way to get to these issues sometimes is organizational and structural, but often it has to do with compassion, with play, with touching the inner self in every individual who recognizes that the next individual has a similar self.”