It's been far too long since I last updated this blog! In my absence here I've been wrapped up in growing my papermaking business, Pulp & Deckle. There's been many a paper related blog post on that site, so if you're curious to see what I've been up to, go there.
I'm not here just to check in and send you elsewhere, rather I'm here to start a new art series. To make it happen I need your participation.
Recently while listening to the I'll Have a Beer and Talk podcast, my interest was piqued by a story about words that exist in languages other than English that do not have directly translatable definitions. I started thinking about how art can express complex emotions or concepts without using language. And I also started thinking about selfies. When we take a selfie we are communicating with our bodies, facial expressions and surroundings. So I started thinking about how selfies might be a way to communicate these non English words in a visual way.
For example, let's take the word Kukelure (Norwegian), which is a kind of pondering. Kukelure is to just sit there and think about things while doing nothing at all. How might you express this word with a selfie? This is what I'm asking of you. Every month I'll post a new word on the blog and ask that you comment with a link to a selfie (you can post your pic. on Instagram, Facebook, your blog, your website, etc.) that embodies the spirit of that word. And every month I'll make a piece of art with handmade paper and mixed media drawing that combines elements from everyone's selfies to try and capture the essence of that month's word.
Okay, let's get this going! Since I already gave the example of the word Kukelure above, I'll make it the first word for this month. Let's make this happen and send me your selfies.
Kukelure is to just sit there and think about things while doing nothing at all.
Jenn grew up in East Texas and Houston, lived in New England (NY and Boston) and made her way to the Pacific NW, where she feels at home. She is a small business owner of the papermaking studio, Pulp & Deckle. She is an artist, educator, maker, thinker and doer.