Sunday, August 9, 2009

Print/Craft + Synchronicity










I think this is the first time I've ever posted about the same artist on both of my blogs, let alone on the same day...! Perhaps this gives you some indication of the extent of my delirium about this work ;) I love sewing and I love paper, so when someone comes along who actually sews paper, I get pretty excited. But groan not... This is a separate post and not a cut & paste job! Read about Evelin Kasikov's book project Printed Matter on my other blog, Scissors + Paper Rock! right here.

Now that that's all sorted, let me tell you about Evelin Kasikov's poster work, Gil Sans Light... Graphics-savvy readers out there will recognise this title as the name of a typeface and they've probably already identified the CMYK palette of Kasikov's threads as well... So, no surprises then that Kasikov's work is very much about craft within the context of graphic design. Cyan, Magenta and Yellow are of course the primary colours from which all others are created and we see this happening all the time in other areas of the visual arts - paints are mixed, light shows etc. I don't know about you, but this is the first time I've seen someone do this with embroidery thread and I think it's pretty cool! Kasikov has created the illusion of other colours, like the green in the "a" posters... By cross-stitching cyan and yellow on the page, the "a" begins to look green once the eye has enough distance from the paper to blend the colours. This is so exciting and I feel truly inspired to experiment myself with this amazing technique.

You can find more of Kasikov's work on her website here and on her Flickr photostream here. I found her via this lovely blog here.

11 comments:

elk said...

oh wow what an artist ...extra special gift to share that is for sure, thank you for the links and images

pepper said...

ooh they are so lovely! i love! (i also adore sewing on paper, it truly rocks)
x Pepper

Kate Bruning said...

That is so completely and utterly inspiring. If my kettle wasn't whistling telling me it's time to fill up the hot waterbottle and jump into bed I would almost start with some cardboard now.

amy said...

i LOVE this! craft, paper, design elements... *drool*. p.s it's a secret message in a necklace! (not a rubber :)

BettsyKingston said...

I was just admiring this! Great minds..

caramela said...

What a fabulous idea...very beautiful and very inspiring work! I will go and check the other sites too-
Thank you Kylie for discovering this!
Annamaria x

caramela said...

Hi Kylie, I can't for some reason leave a comment on your other blog- but I did get to see her book and I will do the Flickr images next- I love that idea of combining what you say the 'slower crafts' with newer processes-it's a fascinating area to explore!
Annamaria x

gretchenmist said...

another gorgeous book ~ her work is so clever, and she does out of register so very well :)

Jenaveve said...

Having worked in graphic design (forever ago) and given my love of all things parchment, this really resonates with me too.

My brain has a hard time accepting the mesh of paper and craft because it's just too darn overwhelming!

MissyP said...

Oooh, exciting K. Need to check this out further. We covered this in our course and I stitched with the same colours, attempting to get some of the same effects!

mieke willems said...

this all looks so nice!!!