Uncomfortable

For our Frivolous Friday post, I bring you designer Katerina Kamprani’s “Uncomfortable Project”. It’s all about re-designing common household products into frustratingly unusable objects. One look at them, and you’ll see why….but I bet you’ll also be howling with laughter.

bad design ideasHow about a set of stairs that lead just far enough away from a door to be awkward? Or a pot with two handles….on the same side? Or a pair of rainboots with open toes? Right. Terrible designs, but brilliantly funny. Visit her website to see all of her current project ideas, or join her Facebook page for regular updates and design discussion.

These ideas will make you start looking at regular objects in a brand new way, I guarantee. Any ideas of your own? How about a pair of glasses that aren’t joined at the bridge of the nose? Or a round bar of soap? The possibilities are endless, really.

What Would You Do With That Object?

Artist Christophe Niemann calls himself a visual storyteller. He takes everyday objects and translates them into something fresh. Each simple piece tells a story without ever using a word. What do those scissors look like to you except a pair of scissors? To Niemann, they become a sophisticated woman with her legs crossed, reading the newspaper.

Niemann is one of many artists to use Instagram as  a medium to share his art, and I must admit, he is someone I’ve been following for quite some time. His ideas are whimsical and always interesting, and they add a touch of joy to the everyday.

bearHow about this wonderful paper cup bear? And this was just a simple photo taken mid-flight somewhere.  You can find out more about his work on his website here.

The next time you pick up a paper clip, or a hairbrush, I bet you’ll look at it in a brand new way. How can you tell a story today in a new way?

 

 

Adults are Colouring!

As a child, I loved colouring. Even now, I’m a constant crafter and I enjoy creating things. But once in a while, it’s nice to be able to “make” something that doesn’t require a lot of head-space, or effort. Colouring is just that.

More and more adults are getting back into the world of colouring. And one of the latest books to head up the best-seller list is SECRET GARDEN by Johanna Basford, followed up by her most recent, ENCHANTED FOREST. And surprise, they’re both colouring books for adults!

enchantedsecret gardenEach book is filled with page after page of elaborate outlines…so all you have to do is grab those markers or coloured pencils and get creating! Great to do in front of the TV, or during a relaxing afternoon in the park. Her books are so popular, they’ve been translated into over 14 languages. Wow!

You can read all about her story here. But if you’re looking for a great Mother’s Day gift, or a cheer-up present for someone in the hospital, this might be a great choice. Or just grab a copy for yourself and let your creativity shine!

Bad Art Night!

IMG_4645While this little gem was done by one of our young patrons, it sure isn’t any stretch of the imagination to think that an adult might not be even quite as skilled as this at art. Well, we hope there are a few creative-wannabes in our community because we’re holding our first “BAD ART NIGHT” for adults at the library!

With everyone creating and selling at craft shows and on Etsy, the un-gifted crafter can feel left out in the cold. Maybe you try really hard, but something always goes wrong. Maybe you have the vision, but no skills to back it up. We don’t care!  We want YOU!

That’s right, we’re looking for people who have always wanted to create something great, but it never seems to work out. Join us on Tuesday, April 14th from 5:30-7:30pm for a few hours of hilarious artwork, trials and tribulations, and best of all, something ugly to leave with us to put up in our display windows! That’s right….we want to showcase your bad art! (Don’t worry, it’s all in good fun.)

This is not an event for anyone expecting to make something great. We want it to be UGLY. Yes, ugly. The uglier, the better! No skills, no creative ability, no genius required. In fact, if you’re colour-blind, we really want you! Registration begins today, so give us a call at the library if you’re interested in joining us next month. It’s going to be fun, I promise.

To inspire you, take a look at the “Museum of Bad Art website, or MOBA, to get the creative juices flowing. I promise, you’ll get a kick out of this site. Take time to wander through the “collection”. Most pieces were picked up at thrift shops, if that gives you any indication. Folk art? Probably not. But someone tried, bless them.

See you next month!

 

Art at the Library

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If you drop by the library in the next month, you’ll be delighted to see some new artwork on display!  We love seeing all of the great talent in our area, and this group from the Almonte and Area Artists Association has a variety of pieces made using various mediums. The colours are fantastic and the pieces are professional in quality. Don’t delay….they won’t be here forever!

Paper cutting or Drawings?

I love looking at illustrations.  It is a big part of my job when it comes to selecting picture books for the library collection. Illustration plays a major role in this type of book and can often make or break a story.  And a trend we’ve been seeing more of in the last few years is paper-cut illustrations. The artist uses paper and cuts in intricate ways to make gorgeous pictures that seem to jump off the page. That’s what I thought when I saw the work of Eiko Ojala.

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Ojala uses his computer to digitally render these illustrations….no paper involved at all! Of course, paper art is his inspiration, and you’ll love looking through the various examples on his website. While the digital world has dramatically moved forward in making realistic images (CGI, anyone?), does this take away from the “real” art of paper cutting?  I don’t think so. It has merit on its own, I strongly believe.

Take a few minutes to wander through the site. You won’t be disappointed!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Yes, it’s almost that time again….Christmas Craft Night! We’re gearing up for a night full of fun Christmas crafts, games and treats…something to get the festivities started!

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Registration has already started, but we still have spaces for kids aged 6 – 12. Hurry, this is the last craft night of the year and it’s bound to fill up quickly! Call us or drop into the library to register for Tuesday, November 26th at 6pm.