Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Cardboard Book and What it's Like Being an Artist

What is it like?
to be an artist..
I was asked that once in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

and I shrugged it off,
by laughing..
"How much time do you have?"

I mean where do I start?
there are so many things
that set us apart ...

I thought about that last week as I was 
stitching together 
my cardboard book,

I ordered a single book from Amazon
and it arrived in one of those 
cardboard box dealios..

you know what I mean..

cardboard wrapped around the book..
and when I looked at the remains of the cardboard..
after I enthusiastically ripped it open to free my book...

I thought, 
I could cut the flaps and make a great book
out of it..

and I realized that that is what it is really like to be an artist..

at least, it is my experience, 
but I know I am not alone..

Cardboard book in process, stitching signatures, Caterina Giglio

I see possibility everywhere..
even in
 trash and debris..

I am definitely an up cycler..
recycling is my nature..

Old lost buttons find their way to my

a onesie, scrubbed clean
serving well..

It is so rewarding to 

Cardboard book, with jute closure, Caterina Giglio

something from nothing..

Hand stitched mixed media book, Caterina Giglio

making beautiful pages
from turmeric..

and images from onion skins...

Hand dyed pages, onion skin and avocado, Caterina Giglio  

using up

bits and pieces of string
and upholstery threads...

Onion dyed page in Cardboard book, Caterina Giglio  

and the more things I create,
the more ideas
I seem to have..
it is an endless flow..

one idea gives birth to another..

For me,
being an artist is freedom..
freedom to create whatever I want..
experiment and try new things..

and speak authentically..

Cardboard book, mixed media, Caterina Giglio

off to the studio..
I am working on my journal pages
and Part 4 of my Art Journaling Process
for filming this week..

thank you, gentle readers...



Randi Kuhne said...

Oh my goodness, Cat! It came out so luscious! Well done!!!

Annie Coe said...

Cat, lovely words and work. Endless inspiration is every where and you are right that is what makes us artists. xoxo

Melodie said...

I love that you see possibilities in everything! So much more fun to create then buy a "on the shelf" journal!

Sandy said...

I know exactly what you mean, the experimentation is my favorite part of the art process, that and seeing an idea come to life.

Unknown said...

Briliant and natural! Like always the simplicity of your work gives autentiq vibes and peace!

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Yes, It is a bottomless pit of ideas once you start to fall!
Many wishes and best of all luck.
J ox

Unknown said...

I am one of those silly bill ies who lack thecourageto do just that...have the will but lack the talent to make something look as natural and flowing as you manage. I will keep talking to myself though, and one day....

Don said...

Love your BLOGS. Well done love.

Sharmon Davidson said...

Cat, your book is amazing, such depth of scrumptiousNess! Love those eco-dyed papers, and even more what you created with them. I know exactly what you mean about seeing possibilities in everything. I have a large collection of used packaging materials, some I saved to ship art in, some to make art out of! My husband shakes his head, and my kids tease me about being a hoarder, but I just can't help it!

Nathalie Nayer said...

perfect definition!

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh how I love your beautifully dyed pages and you have now the perfect cover to hold them all from packaging and so attractively painted and added a page to the cover with that gorgeous button.
So many possibilities all the time - I just love them!
I love also trying to recycle boutique bags and cardboard holders for my artworks too.
Thank you for always inspiring us Cat!
xox Suzy

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've felt so stagnant for the past month, but now I'm also ready to try some experiments. Of course, I love to recycle as much as I possibly can, so that also plays a big role in how I feel. You and I are similar in that manner. I really LOVE the way you put the book together using some of those papers you created. I think it's wonderful and pushing the envelope is something I always enjoy seeing you do. Keep it up, dear friend. You inspire me.

Claire said...

I ADORE books like this... something from nothing, upcycling, proves the power of creativity in my favourite form - pages gathered together!
Your post is SO perfect, as I'm 'running' Authentic August - 31 days of art, journalling, poems, thoughts... anyone can join in :) I even set up a Facebook Group yesterday - who knew I could even DO such a thing? (not me, for a start!)
Anyway, I just LOVE your post, Cat, thank you xxx

froebelsternchen said...

The same to me - I always have fun seeing art in this ordinary stuff that others throw away... wonderful how you used this "trash".

Valerianna said...

Lovely, and yes, an artist's eye sees a world of possibility everywhere.

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Randi, well it was just a pile of cardboard and papers when you were here! So the transformation must be very interesting, so happy you liked the way it turned out! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Yes, dear Annie, you are so very right!! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Melodie, well I do both actually, but I always cover them and make them my own!! :-)

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Sandy, Thanks so much for stopping by, I know it is a rough time for you and sending much love your way. I think experimenting is so much fun, I am just addicted to it, and it leads to wonderful discoveries. Thanks for stopping by, I so appreciate your feedback! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Tunder, thank you so very much, authenticity is so important! ;-)

Caterina Giglio said...

Jayne, you are so right, thanks so much dearheart! xo

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh Bonnie, if you have the will, you are half way there, just play fearlessly.. creation is so much fun, I am the first to admit that I am still learning! I am just now creating things that I think are fairly good. So you see, we all have our work to do!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Thank you Don, I love getting your comments! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh, Sharmon, I completely understand! we see the world so differently, the mundane world is completely magical to us. there is no way to explain it to others. My husband shakes his head in amazement and says, "you artists, I just don't know how you come up with this stuff." It is as alien to him as math is to me!!! LOL xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Nathalie, well is ONE definition, but I think many agree with it!! Thanks for popping by!

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi dear Suzy, I know you understand perfectly what I mean, we think the same way! I adore your creations and you turn scraps into gorgeous books. Thanks for stopping by and always leaving such lovely comments! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Dr. E. so sorry to hear that you have been feeling stagnant, and happy to know I have helped you out of the funk! Cannot wait to see what you create. I know I am preaching to the choir with you about recycling and upcycling! we have always been on that page together!! It is a fun place to be. Thanks so much! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Susi, I know you understand and thanks for coming by the blog and leaving me a comment, I so appreciate it! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Hi Val! you are right about that, we see it everywhere! xo

Carol said...

The book is beautiful! And I'm loving your journal videos. You should teach an online course! Yes? Like Sharon I am a cardboard hoarder, I mean collector. And did I mention tissue paper, paper bags, envelope linings, etc.,etc. etc.!

ELFI said...

page après page...une merveille!

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Wonderful viewing each step in your creative project here. Each time in the studio is magic isn't it? Sometimes slow starts and other times things fall into place. Everything is available...everything transforms in the studio. It is all so good Caterina Giglio!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Ah mon ami, merci beaucoup! câlins et bisous

Caterina Giglio said...

Mary Ann, you know it well, starts, stops, listening, and when it happens, it IS magical.. It is so good, dear Mary Ann!!

Unknown said...

Yes ended!

hula-la said...

Very nice! And I love that your "canvas" was a cardboard box! I, too, save all of that stuff, including the tons of paper that come in the boxes of other stuff. The crinklier, the better! Aloha!

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