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Cloth Paper Scissors

Cloth Paper Scissors Fall 2018

Cloth Paper Scissors is where mixed media artists come to play! Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced artist, every issue brings you innovative techniques; detailed photos and step-by-step instructions for unique projects from talented artists; and the inspiration and support for developing your own creative voice.

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Interweave Press, LLC - Magazine
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from the editor

I have a handbag filled with junk: a rusty washer found in a parking lot, various store and restaurant flyers, a couple of rocks, a twig, ticket stubs, clothing tags, and napkins (clean). I am not a hoarder, but I am a mixed-media artist, and these … these are my inspirations. I’ve worked with recycled materials since I started making art, and nothing thrills me more than taking an item and doing a 180 on it, transforming it into something else. Cereal boxes become book covers, a map becomes an unfurled rose, and a tattered quilt block becomes part of a stitched collage. Seeing the potential in castoffs is thrilling, and planning and executing the conversion is the ultimate creative satisfaction. That process gets the wheels turning like nothing else. Judging from…

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the art of the letter

Library conservator Jana Dambrogio was studying a massive collection of 10th–17th century documents from convents and monasteries when she stumbled onto something strange: papers that featured deliberately made holes, folds, and slices—some as small as two millimeters. She discovered that the marks were an intricate series of techniques intended to secure the letters and keep them private, a method she dubbed letterlocking. Letterlocking is a combination of folding, tucking, or sealing techniques that were used to ensure letters reached their destinations without being read. These strategies were critical before the invention of gummed envelopes, and Dambrogio has since studied examples dating back to the 1300s. In addition to simple folding and tucking, letters were adhered with wax or other sealants, tied with silk floss or twine, or “locked” by inserting paper…

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now read this

Cotton & Indigo from Japan By Teresa Duryea Wong | Review by Katrina Ávila Munichiello Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2017 | Hardcover | $34.99 Shibori. Indigo. Boro. These words are no doubt familiar to textile lovers, but they are just a piece of the expansive world of Japanese fabrics presented in Cotton & Indigo from Japan. Wong presents the equivalent of a semester of study of Japanese cottons. You’ll learn about traditional color schemes, design styles, and textile printing and dyeing techniques. There are dozens of pages of spectacular quilts, as well as profiles of the artists who made them and the designers and manufacturers who created the fabrics. This love letter to textiles has breathtaking photographs full of stunning detail and color. Mixed-media artists will gain new understanding of fabric styles and…

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this just in

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karen o’brien

Artists’ studios often serve multiple functions, but Karen O’Brien’s at-home space works overtime. The studio includes work areas that can double as classroom space, seating up to 12 people; a storage room; an office; a library and sitting area (the couch converts to a bed for guests); and a video set-up that sits above a massive worktable. “I’ve been in my current studio for 10 years,” she says, “and it’s still a work in progress.” Yet what O’Brien finds most inspirational about the space is just beyond it: a tranquil Japanese-style garden with fountains and an incredible vista of Southern Oregon’s mountains. “I love that I can look out and see a storm coming or birds drinking from the fountain,” she says. “If I am stuck or need a break, I…

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marabu easy marble

materials NOTE: When working with solvent-based products, it’s important to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves. Open a window or set up a fan since this product has an odor. • Protected work surface• Rubber gloves• Containers for marbling baths: plastic bowls, deli containers, or shallow containers, such as clear plastic frames• Water• Marabu Easy Marble, various colors• Drinking straws, toothpicks, or skewers• Items to be marbled (I used watercolor paper, a 4" square stretched canvas, and a small porcelain bowl. Any painted, porous or non-porous surface is fair game.)• Scrap paper optional • Tweezers or pliers, to hold 3-D objects while marbling Marbling is a fast-growing trend in mixed media, and a new generation of paints makes it easy to decorate almost any surface with beautiful swirled color. Marbling involves floating…