The Sky

Photo by Jason Blackeye on UnsplashWhat do you see when you look up? We are all shaped by our experiences, our creativity, our insight, and well, even our vision. This summer, we’re asking “What’s Your Thing?”, so I thought this would be a fun post to share, based on the idea that we all see and appreciate things in our own way.

One Sky is a collaborative project with almost 90 artists who were asked to look up at the sky at precisely 12:00pm EST on August 13, 2017, and then “draw” what they see. The artists came from all over the world, so weather, time zones and even whether it was day or night, came into play. They used their own artistic styles and contributed their view to the project.

Some of the sky views were beautiful–cloudless, blue, sunshine-filled. Others were overcast, dramatic, and eventful. You can see all of the sky interpretations by clicking on this link.

But it makes for an interesting idea. If the kids are feeling bored one day, have them look up at the sky and draw what they see, and then compare. It could be a great discussion piece about clouds, about how everyone sees things differently, and even about colour. Give it a try!

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Art Through the Ages

This morning is our first “Art Through the Ages” adult craft session! Every Thursday in July and August at 10am, we’re welcoming adults to the library to make things. And hey, you might even learn a little something along the way.

Our amazing Adult Services Coordinator Caroline has planned a unique roster of fun art sessions. It will be totally interactive–learning about great art through the ages, and then making something based on the techniques. Come dressed to create, and bring a friend!

No registration is required, but plan to be here a few minutes early. It’s going to be busy here!

Art at your Fingertips

It seems like everyone in my Instagram feed these days is posting photos from gorgeous places around the globe. And one of the most interesting things about traveling is being able to hit museums and art galleries to see amazing art.

But what if you can’t get there? Recently, the Guggenheim Museum decided to make available over 200 books of art online. You can flip through pages of books just like they were right there at your fingertips. The photos are brilliant and crisp, and it is a wonderful idea. I’m sure this is just the start of offering valuable resources to people online that more institutions will adopt.

Take a few minutes to browse the collection. I’ll bet you’ll get lost in the pages.

Tim Burton

It’s almost October, and that means many people will be pulling out Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. If you’re a big fan of the director, you might be interested to know that he’s got a new book coming out at the end of October called THE NAPKIN ART OF TIM BURTON.  Yes, it’s exactly what it seems—-Burton’s doodles on napkins.

artThe mini book features sketches as he spends time on the road, either making movies, or doing promotion. And it’s a great window into the mind of a man who probably doesn’t think like the rest of us.

If you’ve already started your holiday shopping, this might be the perfect stocking stuffer for a fan.

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.

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!