I returned home from a brief trip, fired up the computer and…..no internet connection. During the hours it took to resolve the problem, I brooded over my dependence on being wired. It was tempting, at least briefly, to angrily embrace a Luddite perspective about the “good old days” before electronics. I was certainly “wired” though my computer was not!
Now I’m back online and glad to be! One of the things I would miss without the internet would be the ability to learn about and from wonderful artists around the world. So I’ll devote this belated post to four who I find to be especially inspiring.
Alisa Golden. I first found her work in paper/book format as I began to explore techniques for creating handmade books. She also has a wonderful blog and is still one of my “go to” artists for book design.
Jane Long. It was thrilling to discover her Dancing with Costica series and know that I was not alone in re-visioning old photos. Finding her wonderful tutorials, especially on creating skin color/tones was an amazing bonus.
Erik Johansson. His manipulated photographs are created with an extraordinary attention to detail, photographic technique and story-telling. His “behind the scenes” videos are as fascinating as they are instructive.
Peter Dahmen. He is both a brilliant paper designer and generous teacher, sharing many pop-up and folded designs online. The MoMA Store has recently added three of his holiday designs to their catalog.
I hope you enjoy exploring the work of these artists. Please share your own favorites in the comments section!