Studio Update: Pismo Series and new obsessions

New Year, New studio goals!!

Since initiating the Pismo Series in July of 2018, there has been a LOT of trial and error in the development of the overall look of the project. All of which has been incredibly beneficial for me as an artist, but still left me with the feeling that I should be further along with this series by now.

My initial goal was to work out the design issues in 2018, complete half of the project in 2019 and the 2nd half in 2020… I have to let go of my self-imposed deadlines and simply allow this project to develop at it’s own pace.

As of January 12, 2020, there are six completed pictures in the Pismo Series: 

There is also one that is ~90% completed… (I am conflicted, there is a part of me that feels that Pismo 9 (H) needs to be re-done to resolve some lingering design challenges and another that feels that it is fine the way it is)…

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 8 (H) (in  progress), Photograph

… and seven that I have decided to re-do: Pismo B, E, F, I, J, L, &W, which leaves thirteen that I have not experimented with yet.

I had been hoping to add another picture to my complete list today, but it was not to be. So, Friday afternoon I was working on the 2nd version of Pismo 5 (E) and I made a fatal mistake:

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 5 (E) (In Progress). Photograph

Do you see it? Yep, the red circle on the left has the intended shading while the red circle on the right has the incorrect or inverse of the shading design 😦

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©2020, Jenn White, Pismo 5 (E) (Crop). Photograph

I have to admit that I was more than a little bit upset with myself for this glaring mistake – I honestly DO NOT know what I was thinking while working on this section, but, stuff happens, right? I was THIS close to completing the picture and I really liked the way it was coming along, so…

Good news, I can re-create this design relatively quickly.

Bad news: I have to re-create the design.

I did mention in the title of the post: NEW OBSESSIONS, so here they are: handmade books and scrolls!

I have ALWAYS wanted to learn how to make handmade books and during a recent visit to the Western Ave Studios, I came across a postcard outside of a studio advertising handmade book classes. So I looked into them… which led to getting several books out of the library on how to make them and watching videos online for small book projects.

I made a small investment in a beginners bookbinding toolkit, some sample packets of handmade papers as well as a pad of scrap-booking paper that would be perfect for my color scheme:

©2020, Jenn White, Basil with bookmaking supplies. Photograph

In one of the books I borrowed from the library, I became fascinated with a small section on how to create art scrolls… so between learning how to make my own books, I am in the process of developing a project that would allow my work to be translated onto scrolls.

So far, 2020 is off to a very interesting start and I can’t wait to delve into these two new projects and well as seeing where the Pismo Series will take me!


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