Friday, March 23

The Pulse of Mixed Media

I am proud and excited to be a part of Seth Apter's first book - The Pulse of Mixed Media. I've followed Seth's blog for years, participated in his online Pulse and his Disintegration Project. I have always been amazed at his insight, his creativity, and the selfless way he promotes the mixed media community. If this was a barn-raising, Seth would be in charge, and we'd all be relieved he was here.

Congratulations and thanks, Seth.
For my contribution to The Pulse, Seth asked me to create a project based on this question: What is your current art obsession?

Bookmaking is my current -- and probably forever -- obsession. The project I submitted was built around a found diary that my great grandfather kept while stationed in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War.
This is a portion of the self portrait I added to the book, titled Ever Rooted, Ever Growing.
I had the pleasure of meeting Seth in person in 2009 and again in 2011 when we bound books together.

Pleasures of Hope.

Yes.

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Continuing the theme of Taking the Pulse, I asked Seth if he could remember when he first thought of himself as creative. I actually do recall a specific event when I thought I might be creative. I was four (or maybe five) and had drawn a duck. I showed it to my best friend, Tommy, who lived next door.

"Huh-uh," she protested. "You did not draw that; your mom did."

At four, I was sure my mom was awesome at everything (most things, but not drawing, turns out). From that moment, I thought I might be just the slightest bit more creative than other four-year-olds, and it's amazing where that can take one. (Still, I wish I'd kept drawing.)

When I asked Seth, Do you recall when you first realized you were creative? he replied:

I actually dabbled in many creative endeavors in high school, college, and as a young adult...although never the visual arts. From that perspective, I think I knew that I had a creative side. But until I connected with bookmaking and mixed media arts in 2000, the adjective 'creative' would not have been one of the first I would have used to describe myself. But I think as I became more and more active in and engaged by art, I slowly began to get in touch with my creative side more and more.

Oh, and Seth, another question: There's a spot on the back half acre that could use a barn . . . or at least, a garden shed. Think you could rally the neighbors?

29 comments:

  1. I really like your self-portrait. Now I'll go check out the book!

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  2. splendid stuff. i'll bet Atticus and Scout are very proud. even if you did begin with a duck drawing.

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  3. Hi Leslie, congratulations on being included in Seth's book. I love the books you've created to bind your memories together - wonderful work!
    Grace

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  4. Hi Leslie, great to meet you via Seth, and ongratulations on being in The Book. Can't wait until my copy arrives. I very much like your work, and being a book binder/ book artist myself I love to see what you've been making. I will enjoy visiting you again.

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  5. Congratulations Miss Leslie.
    You know I love your books - they are made to perfection.
    In fact any artistic medium you work in is always mastered by you.
    What a wonderful choice Seth made!
    I look forward to reading your entries in the book.
    xo

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  6. It's great getting to meet you through Seth's book and blog. I loved your self portrait, especially the tones and colors.

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  7. What beautiful books you've created- and with such special meaning to you. What a treat that you've worked with Seth, both in taking a course together and from him taking a course from you! Love learning so much about everyone from this 31/31 series. I've received the book and your self-portrait in its entirety is super! So glad that you've been spotlighted!

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  8. I have really enjoyed looking through your blog- really lovely work.

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  9. Browsing through your blog and loving your amazing photographs. Your self portrait is beautiful!

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  10. Yes, if anyone could rally the neighbors Seth COULD! Seth CAN. Seth DOES!!!

    Your books are stunning and that word is not justice enough! How I would love to look inside your grand father's journal book.

    Once again I feel so lucky to meet yet another artist from The Pulse of Mixed Media. What treasures you all are!

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  11. Thanks so much Leslie for being a part of my books. I needed to have book arts represented and I thank you for being such a talented and creative representative. Amazing!

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  12. so glad to meet you via Seth's blog and new book. your books are magical. congrats

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  13. wow Leslie your work is devine those journals are to die for and thanks to Seth for sharing u with us....

    hugz bev

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  14. I saw your books on Seths blog and had to visit.
    Because they are so wonderful..I am so glad I did wonderful beautiful babies...
    Blessings.
    Katelen

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  15. Wow, so glad that Seth featured you on his blog today. I love your books. Amazing work!

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  16. Leslie your books are awesome. I wish I could hold one of them in my own hands. Smell. Feel. Read. Think. Take in your art. It looks really really awesome! *smiles* Norma

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  17. Your books are beautiful. I can't think of another word for them. Thanks to Seth for bringing me here.

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  18. What treasures books are and you do have some very lovely treasures.

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  19. What lovely books you have made!! I love to make my own books also.
    Aloha, Kate

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  20. What an amazing post and wonderful question. I am SuRE Seth would help raise that barn. All he'd have to do is ask and we mixed media artists would be there, if only via blogland!!

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  21. all your posts are magical.....just joy to sit and marvel at the colors in your photographs, the details in your books, the dreaminess of those baby snaps.

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  22. Wow, you have mastered book making. They are treasures. Also love the newborn photos. Divine! Had a great time on your blog. Congrats on being featured in Seth's book.
    Darlene

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  23. Leslie!
    I was so pleased at Seth's feature about you on his blog. And I come over here, and you're making me smile and giggle. I can't wait to see you again. I wish I could walk over and share some tea/coffee/tequila. You are delighful to me.

    xo
    Chris

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  24. i am always in total awe of your books and creations when i come to your blog and it's been far too long! congrats on being in seth's book -- your pieces are stunning, as always. xx

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  25. Oh Leslie, I am in awe of you and your creations too! And someday I hope, (like Chris!), that I can join you for tea, coffee or tequila! If by chance you feel better when I am in your area... maybe there is a chance?!?!
    roxanne

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  26. Congratulations Leslie...well deserved. As you know, I am big fan of yours. Can I say "I knew her when"?

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  27. Congratulations Leslie your work is truly inspiring.

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  28. Great book and there couldn't be a more deserving person to be part of it, Leslie. You are an amazing artisan, and everything you touch turns to beauty with soul!

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