Just got some notecards printed up - here are the nature inspired black & whites...
Greek vases I photographed at the Art Institute of Chicago, love these. The surface illustrations as well as the silhouettes inspired the potted plant piece below...
For the month of March I'm showing my illustrations in our town's public library (along with my sister's beautiful oil paintings which are hanging in the next room!) If you're in the area of Glen Rock, NJ, stop by! If not, no worries, I've included my art shpiel below...
The 100 Day Project is “…intended to awaken, nurture and sustain your creative spirit through the cultivation of small daily acts for 100 days.”
Have you heard of The 100 Day Project? It’s an online challenge that anyone can take part in.
Several months ago I began my own 100 day project. For my small daily act, I decided I would create a cut-paper illustration. I limited myself to the use of one sheet of black origami paper and two pens - one white and one black. Subject matter was left open, to be decided on a daily basis.
I started the project with several goals in mind:
I wanted to establish a habit of making artwork every day.
I wanted to explore the use of limited art materials over an extended period of time.
I wanted to develop a visual language with a cohesive style.
I am now close to finishing my project (will be done mid-March), and am happy to say that I (mostly) accomplished these goals.
I’ve established an ‘art habit’ - although it’s not every day, I make artwork most days, which is much more than I did before starting the project.
I’ve stayed within the limits of the art materials I set out to explore, using only black origami paper and two pens (with only a small amount of cheating - at times I used more than one sheet of the black paper, and for a period of time I added the use of kraft paper, just for fun).
Over time, I developed a visual language (a collection of icons and symbols I feel an affinity with) and I believe a cohesive style emerged. I ended up favoring bold, simple shapes of cut-paper combined with a spare white line with which to add detail.
What you see here are a collection of ten images from my 100 Day Project, digitally reproduced. Not only are these some of my favorite illustrations from the series, they also represent the range of subject matter I tend to be drawn toward, which includes plant-life, animals, architecture, Judaism and African art.
If you’d like to see the entire collection of images from start to finish, they can be found on my Instagram account: www.instagram.com/vickykatzman/
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Vicky Katzman is an artist and illustrator living in Glen Rock, NJ. She earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, after which she began her career as a freelance illustrator. She currently enjoys designing and making quilts, teaching art, and creating illustrations (on a regular basis, using only black origami paper and white pen!)
I bought the frames online and am happy with their quality and overall appearance. I think the simple style suits the work.
I'm three quarters of the way through the 100 day project. I think it's been really helpful limiting myself to just two materials (black origami paper and pen) in terms of clarifying my style. I especially like the use of bold, simple shapes (which have graphic impact from afar) complemented by spare use of the thin white line which allows me to define and clarify the image.
Berkshire Museum presents PaperWorks: The Art and Science of an Extraordinary Material, a new exhibition that explores paper as a source of creative inspiration and innovation.
The ways paper can be part of art-making are endless: it can be folded and twisted; it can be pierced or cut; it can be pulped and molded. Paper can be used as commonplace wrapping or packaging or as a green material in sustainable design; it can be engineered for use in exacting technology or hand-crafted into a rustic journal. PaperWorks includes delicate origami pieces, large-scale sculptures, re-purposed books, green design, works in vivid color or pure white, with every object telling a story.