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Stephanie Wunderlich-Class Visit November 28, 2010

Posted by leskanturek in Artists, Comics, Guest Visits, Handmade, Theatre.
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(above) Stephanie in class during her powerpoint presentation of her work.


On Monday Nov. 8th German editorial illustrator Stephanie Wunderlich graciously came in to room 802 to speak, share her experiences,  and show some of her work to all four of the Soph. concepts classes.    Stephanie has clients both in the United States and Europe, which made for an interesting in-class discussion on the differences in art direction between the two.  Her illustration process involves  cutting and collaging paper and though Stephanie has worked all digitally at points in her career, the excitment of  traditional hand cut paper  is still the most attractive for her.

(above) The cover of  Spring #7   (right) a shot of Stephanie’s board in her studio.


Stephanie is a regular contributor and collaborator for  Spring, a collective graphic magazine/comic published annually in Hamburg which  has contributions all by women. A few issues of this inspiring, 200 page. plus, illustrative, graphic experience  were passed around during Stephanie’s presentation.

(above) sing issues of Spring. below that is the June 08 issue of Spring /Alter Ego

(above) Stephanie holding a pop up book she designed and constructed to be used in the Play – Warum das Kind in der Polenta kocht (Why the child cooks in the Polenta) – for the theatre Schausspielhaus Hamburg.  Additional pop-up spreads are on the right.

Stephanie also discussed the process behind creating illustrations/props that were used in a play in Germany. Theater  there  is subsidized    by the government and Stephanie explained that this subsidy facilitated experimental theatre.

Danke für Ihren Besuch Stephanie! (Thank you for visiting)


Pop-Up Assignment Gallery May 26, 2010

Posted by leskanturek in 3-D work, Books, Class Assignments, Handmade, Movable Illustration, Pop-Up, Student work, Uncategorized.
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Coinciding  with Teen Liu‘s visit (link to the  post of Teens’s visit )  and pop-up workshop was a class assignment to create a pop-up. Students choose their own theme/concept to work from and

(above) the day of the crit.


they could incorporate any paper engineering technique they learned at the work shop or that they could devise. The only criteria was that the pop-up actually fold flat and it must be able to open multiple times.  Below are the finishes :

(above) Pratima Mani- “What’s in Wolf’s Belly?” Prat’s pop-up is of particular note because her wolf rotates around upon the page opening.


(above) John Garcia-King and Queen of Hearts


(above) Deborah Mouloudji- Snails and leaf, 2 sliders


(above left ) Brianne Bowers rotating Ferris Wheel (right) Cityscape by Josey Herrington


(above) Biker by Lyejm Kallas-Lewis


(above Left) Psycho by Leila Ehtesham (Right) River by Rachel Tonthat


(above) Christine Westrich’s pop-up Chef


(Above left) a Beast by Grace Lang (right) stuffed animal  pop-up by Grace Moon


(above left) Jun Hui Im’s mask  (right) Skeleton by Ciara Gay


(above) a larger gold fish pop-up spread accompanied by a beautifully done smaller book  all my Masuko Jo

Teen Liu-Pop-Up Workshop April 4, 2010

Posted by leskanturek in 3-D work, Books, Guest Visits, Handmade, Movable Illustration, Pop-Up.
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March 22nd  paper engineer, illustrator, and designer Teen Liu came into class to discuss her work, pop-up books and to conduct a paper engineering/pop-up workshop. Teen has worked with  pop-up artist Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, The Museum of Modern Art, editorial pieces, and fine art life size gallery installations (24 foot high pop-ups!).

You might also have seen some of her designs and paper engineering  she has worked on including Star Wars: A pop-up guide to the Galaxy (check out the LED light sabres and a very cool Darth Vader), The Tomie de Paola’s pop- book Streganona, the Chronicles of Narnia pop-up book, or the cards and ornaments she has designed for MoMA.

Teen got down to business fast, and before you knew it scissors and paper was flying.

(above left) Teen demonstrating a fold  (right) Josey and Grace cutting away

Before     and    after

After going over some basic folds and cuts  ie: a V fold mouth, and a layer pop-up we quickly got into something a bit more complicated a turtle with movable legs.  Teen had given out a link to pop-up instructionals  on Robert Sabuda‘s  site which has a section called  Simple Pop-Ups You Can Make! which has step-by step tutorials, though of course it’s not the same as having an engineer in the room trouble shooting why your turtle is dying a slow pop-up death.

(above) left Ciara , right Teen working with John on his turtle.


After the workshop Teen spoke about various pop-up project and the process of taking a pop-up from concept to appearing in print. Planing and mocking up versions during the concepting stage it  can take 6-7 or more dry runs before the construction is perfected. Then after the pop-up is test printed out , constructed again to make sure it fits.


(above) printed die-cuts for Fairies ready to be cut out and assembled. (image from Teen’s site)

It was a great workshop and visit. Many thanks to Teen for sharing her expertise and time. When you take a look at her site make sure to check out the pop-up done for Shit Disco’s music video among the other cool things .   Thanks Teen!



Su Blackwell-the Other Life of Books February 11, 2010

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Post by Brianne Bowers:

(Above) Pandora Opens Box 2009  (all photos and work from http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/  and © Su Blackwell)


If you’ve walked past the windows in Kate’s Paperie on 13th Street a few months ago you will have noticed works by artist Su Blackwell. I discovered this London based artist a few years ago when researching paper cut artists. Her altered book/pop-up style book sculptures have garnered a lot of  notice, leading to  magazine and other commissions, such as The Times Magazine, Waitrose, Food Illustrated, Vogue, Cartier Store (Paris) and Beringer Wine.

(above) Chatsworth Derbyshire’ A Guide


Su attended Royal College or Art in London and majored in Textiles.  What makes her work appealing is how delicate and precise her cuts are all while keeping them within the pages of an old book. These cut-outs can take up to a month to complete.

(above) Alice – A Mad Tea Party

space(above) Alice Through the Looking Glass

(above) The Wizard of Oz photographed by Irene CooperS


As seen above, Blackwell has cut Illustrations for stories such as Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz.  Su has also made her creations come to life in various stop motion commercials which you can view on her website. http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/

-Brianne Bowers

A covering Worn on the Face to Conceal One’s Identity November 10, 2009

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A mask…got your attention…that’s what they do.

Green man Mask(above) a carved wooden Greenman or Wild Man  mask from  Germany(Austria?) . For “Fasnacht” a carnival held in Bavaria, Switzerland and Austria similar to Mardi-gras.

A great gallery collection of masks  amassed by someone over the last 20 years.
  The Maskatorium,

Printmaking Friends You Will Love March 15, 2009

Posted by leskanturek in Handmade, Printmaking, Student Post, Visually Cool & Relevant.
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Post by Julie Pinzur

When I was home for winter break in January, I went to the Threadless store in Chicago for The Little Friends of Printmaking opening which consists of J W & Melissa Buchanan, a husband-and-wife team of artists & designers based out of Milwaukee, WI.  They were originally trained as fine art print makers, but their love of making silk screened concert posters quickly turned into a design career. In 2006, they received the Young Guns award from the Art Directors’ Club, honoring the world’s finest emerging creatives under 30.  While they still hand screen all of their posters, they have branched out into web design, animation, toy design, illustration, and graphic design.  The show was called “Tough Luck” and featured a lot of really cool prints.  All of which are available in their webstore at:     www.thelittlefriendsofprintmaking.com


But that’s not all.  The Little Friends of Printmaking are also featured in the book Handmade Nation, written by Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl which is a documentation on today’s craft world and how it has emerged as a marriage between historical technique, punk culture, and the DIY ethos, also influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism, and art.


Along with a video crew, Faythe Levine traveled to 15 cities and interviewed 80 individuals (including The Little Friends of Printmaking), documenting the rise of D.I.Y. art, craft, and design that exists through websites, blogs, and online stores.  It was made into an hour-long movie that is now being premiered throughout the country.  The opening in NYC was on February 12th, and if you can’t get to any of the screenings which are posted here:


I highly recommend that you get the book, here: www.amazon.com/Handmade-Nation-Rise-Craft-Design/
It is creatively inspiring and just fun to look through.  You should at least check out the website at www.handmadenationmovie.com/

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