Friday, November 26, 2010

Kevin Hawkes, Mazza Medallion Winner

The Mazza Museum awards the Mazza Medallion for excellence in artistic diversity.

Jerry Mallett introduced the breadth of Kevin Hawkes' work as well as followed his consistent use of shadow and acrylics. One of Hawkes’ previous awards includes the 1994 Golden Kite Award for By the Light of the Halloween Moon, published in 1993. Mallett noticed the significance of the award because it is voted on by other artists.

In his acceptance speech, Hawkes acknowledged the Mazza as “the center for creativity and inspiration.” He compared one’s handwriting to one's art style; one’s personality comes through though the media may be different. He also mentioned some of his other (diverse) artistic interests including rock carving and, at one time, hand-knotting a rug.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Carin Berger, Author/Illustrator

“[I think about] when it should be words and when it should be pictures.”

During the Mazza Museum: International Art from Picturebooks Fall Weekend Conference, graphic designer Carin Berger talked about the book as an art object, noting the elements of design in each facet of the book -- book jacket, endpapers, typography ...

As a collage (and stencil) artist, she referred to the “resonance” and mystery from using ephemera and mentioned her love of antique Sears catalogs which have block print art. She demonstrated this influence by showing digital collage/collage illustrations from her work on Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems written by Jack Prelutsky. She also noted that this work came at a time when she was thinking about the “exquisite corpse” method and how to “collage the collage.” 

Her newest artistic endeavor involves a diorama technique, which worries her only because of the storage issues in her small New York apartment. Her creative interest also reaches toward a space outside of the book world and into the performance art arena.

When asked about creative blocks, she answered that this was part of the process, “Every process has an arc.”

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Digital Pop Up Book No. 3 (Video)

The last augmented reality feature in Tony DiTerlizzi's Search for Wondla.

Once Wondla Vision started, I pointed the webcam at the computer screen.  This creates a mirrored effect of the map of Orbona, particularly noticeable are the doubles of the clouds.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sharing Stories with Preschoolers (.doc)

Here is the handout for the "Sharing Stories with Preschoolers" presentation that I gave today.

It covers sources for learning how to become a story sharer and for various story sharing techniques.  It explains the different kinds of stories to share with preschoolers and lists other pertinent story sharing resources.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Children Who Are Not Spoken To ... (Quote)

Quoted in Storytelling: Art and Technique 4th ed. By Ellin Greene and Janice M. Del Negro p. 129

“Children who are not spoken to by live and responsive adults will not learn to speak properly. Children who are not answered will stop asking questions. They will become incurious. And children who are not told stories and who are not read to will have few reasons for wanting to learn to read.”

Gail E. Haley's Caldecott Award acceptance for A Story, A Story in Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books: 1966-1975, ed. Lee Kingman (Horn Book, 1975) p. 225.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

DiTerlizzi, Technology, and Libraries (Video)

I haven't received much feedback from the listservs regarding reactions to DiTerlizzi's Search for Wondla.  The few I did receive, however, have made me reflect on my initial enthusiasm.

The work is, in my opinion, "distinguished" or "individually distinct" though I must admit that the "excellence in quality" of the augmented reality artwork is questionable.  I still give him mad props for "providing the child with a visual experience" that incorporates the viewer and his/her environment.

One librarian brought up the point that the augmented reality pieces don't seem integral to the story ...

TECHNOLOGY (not) ASIDE:  I've definitely become more aware and interested in technology this year, starting with the creation of my YouTube account on January first and continuing with exploration in screencasting, touch screen art, pbwiki --> pbworks, and google docs.  This fall, I finally took the advice of one of my Kent State library professors and subscribed to Wired.  Yesterday, I started playing around with an (old) ipod ... The cassette player in my car is defunct which means I can't even hook up my CD adapter! 

LIBRARIES and TECHNOLOGY:  Check out this video, and follow the implications...

More and more I am seeing and accepting how this "information age" boom is tied to technology -- the ability to store, access, and share information in ways not used before.

I do believe that the future of Libraries is entwined with technological advances and understandings as well as the need to be a special, physical community location.

Depending on the day and branch in my library system, I already experience many technology questions in conjunction with information needs.

I wonder what other librarians are experiencing?  (Next listserv post!)