Monday, March 2, 2009

Artist Trading Cards - Artfest 2009

Marine biology is the theme for the 2009 Artfest ATC book project hosted by Bee Shay. "Sea Monsters are obviously included" Bee adds in her task instructions.

The picture above is one of 32 cards I created for this year's book. They are a 3-layer confection, with an embryonic octopus in the background. Craft foam forms the gasket-like spacer of the second layer, allowing for internal embellishments. The inclusions combine little, blue seahorses and blue topaz glitter. The seahorses are free to"float" about within this environment. The top layer is a transparency of Gabo jellyfish.

Port Townsend, Washington, is the destination for my second out-of-town adventure of 2009. Artfest, now in its 9th year, is the conception of Teesha Moore. It takes place at Fort Worden State Park, involves over 500 artists and runs 5 days. This will mark the 4th year that I have taken part in this inspiring event.

ATCs are individual works of art, measuring 2-1/2 inches by 3-1/2 inches. Originally conceptualized and popularized by Swiss artist M. Vänçi Stirnemann in 1996, they are an ideally-sized art form for making, sharing and collecting. Matching the proportions of playing cards and baseball cards they neatly fit into sleeves designed for that purpose.

Over the past four years, Bee Shay has been behind the scenes, the mastermind of the Artfest collaborative ATC book. Fatbooks, it seemed to her, were intimidating to many new artists. She developed the ATC book to provide an opportunity for new artists to play in a safe and nurturing environment.

Pictured above is the 2007 ATC book with its intriguing zigzag binding.

ArtFest is coming up, and I couldn't be more excited.
This year, I'm taking my sister, Lisa.


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