Thursday, October 3, 2013

30/30: Dorothy Simpson Krause



30 artists...30 days. Spend the month of October with me at The Altered Page to meet the 30 spotlight artists in my book The Mixed-Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams from Over 40 Amazing Artists. See them in action in their studios, read their 'quirky' bios written in their own words, see some of their art that led me to invite them to be a part of my book, and hear my story of what they each mean to me. Then click on over to their sites and see what they have to say about The Mixed-Media Artist.

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"My work includes large scale mixed media pieces, artist book and book-like objects that bridge between these two forms.


It embeds archetypal symbols and fragments of image and text in multiple layers of texture and meaning. It combines the humblest of materials, plaster, tar, wax and pigment, with the latest in technology to evoke the past and herald the future.


My art-making is an integral mode of inquiry that links concept and media in an ongoing dialogue - a visible means of exploring meaning."

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I have been a huge fan of Dorothy Simpson Krause since 2009 following the release of her book Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists' Books. Not only was I drawn to her style, color palette, and approach to binding, but I was truly impacted by her focus on combining book binding with art. I would happily thumb through her books and examine the intracies of her artwork for hours if I had the chance.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Dot twice. Both times were on the occasion of her solo exhibitions in 2011 and 2012 at 571 Projects in NYC.  She was warm and welcoming to me, and very down to earth. We spent a good deal of time (especially considering the fact that these were her openings) talking about art, blogging, books, and the so-many-areas of creativity that we have in common. I connected with her immediately and have enjoyed maintaining that connection online since then. Hoping there is another exhibition in NYC soon!

You can see an image of one of the art pieces she made for the book along with her responses to a number of the questions I asked all the artists on her Facebook Profile here.
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GIVEAWAY

For every comment you leave in October on one of the 30/30 posts on my blog, you will have that many chances to win a signed copy of The Mixed Media Artist. I will be giving away a total of 3 copies. The more comments you leave, the more chances you have (but only 1 per post please). Please make sure I have a way to contact you. Winners will be announced in early November. 

80 comments:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

oh this is such a fab idea! I am curios and excited to meet all the artists - great event!
I will try to read , look, and comment as often as possible!
What a great chance to win too!

xxx
Susi

elle said...

wow! She has an amazing website. Thanks, Seth! A River of Grass- Dorothy has a river of books.

Roberta said...

That binding is really wonderful. I love book making but I am not that good at making interesting bindings. I just want to hold that one!

Janet said...

Wonderful Books. Looking forward to meeting all these artists!

Terri Stegmiller said...

A new-to-me artist! Thanks!

karenm said...

Dorothy's work is so ethereal, I just love how it manages to look old and ground-breaking at the same time.

Carol said...

Love being introduced to new to me artists and love your blog. What could be better?

Hue and Me Art said...

Love her books!!! Great website too

Leslie said...

I adore Dorothy. Her book - Book + Art is a favorite on my library shelves, and I refer to it often.

I had the pleasure of sitting next to her during a workshop in Tennessee a few years ago. She shared her wine with me too, which cemented my adoration.

queenb2u said...

Another great artist to meet. I love Dorothy's combination of materials and ideas. Thanks, Seth. You make my world a better place and just maybe I'll win your fab book.

Linda Naprstek said...

Seth, After seeing Dorothy's amazing work, I really hope you do another book binding class. I learned so much in the first on in NJ, hoping for a second!

Hope Amen said...

Wonderful artist. I think it is awesome that your books highlight so many creative and talented people.

ArtPropelled said...

I have Book + Art and even though I'm not a book maker it is one of my favourite books. I'm looking forward to seeing Dorothy's contribution to your book, Seth.

Joyce said...

Just now heard about Dorothy so will be checking out her work. What I've seen so far is very inspiring. Love the book above.

Once A Cowgirl...Always A Cowgirl said...

Lots of "new to me" artists I can't wait to read about! Love this!

Desiree Habicht said...

Awesome, I can't wait to see more!

Bill said...

Her book binding is wonderful! It's time for me to stop putting it off and jump into making books.

lindacreates said...

Love the bookbindin! What a great opportunity you had to meet her and converse with her. Lindalynch@bendbroadband.com

Jeanne said...

i have her book also and need to keep it handy for inspiration...good choice for your list of artists... but who am i to judge..

jeanne

Anonymous said...

Love Dot's work and am looking forward to your book!

JLeigh Designs said...

Thank you so much for introducing us (me) to another great mixed media artist. I am loving her style.

Jo Murray said...

Dorothy is so accomplished in so many techniques...how could you not admire her work?

Aleta said...

wow thank you for introducing me to the art of Dorothy! I can't wait to see and learn more. heading over to check her out!

elizabeth bunsen said...

I too have Dorothy's book - I love it and have recommended it to many friends... I am thrilled to be in between the covers of your book with such an accomplished artist!

trish quilty said...

love love this idea..like a traveling art show!

Sandy said...

I too have been drawn to bookbinding, even though I'm finding it very challenging! The creative "explore" is worth it!

tallulah1 said...

In love with her book binding. So looking forward to all the talents and inspiration and knowledge.
Janelle Rourke

4roomsandthemoon said...

Hi Seth, You begin your book tour with my hero Dorothy Simpson Krause! She has been my unfailing inspiration since I first touched her book "Book + Art...." and refused to leave the store without it. My daughter had to loan me enough to cover the purchase! Thanks, Seth!
Olivia

Jackie said...

Wow! how very very cool! Can't wait to see what all the artists have in store!

Patty H said...

Gotta get my comment in for today. You are inspiring my upcoming ATC group meet here in McMinnville, OR. I'm going to recommend your blog to all the participants.

Barbara I. said...

I enjoy being introduced to new artists. I love book arts and the melding of different art forms. Thanks Seth. For the giveaway: bkisrael@gmail.com

donnaj said...

love her work, can't wait for your book!

.Trudi Sissons said...

I have been her fan for several years! A true pioneer in digital art/media applications!

Parabolic Muse said...

I love your unending support of other artists, Seth. Viva la arts!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful art pieces. I am intrigued.

Pd Packard said...

Truly amazing work and
most inspirational!

Nan G said...

An intriguing woman! Her website is beckoning me in to explore. Thank you for introducing us to such wonderful artists.!

Martha Irish said...

Seth, I have pre-ordered your book. I can't wait to see it up-close-and-personal.

Mickie said...

I am very curious about the book binding, very interesting.

Meme said...

Nice to meet a new artist! Thank you Seth for introducing us!

Lynn Cohen said...

Wow!

Marit said...

Another booklover... Wow Dorothy, what an amazing art you make!

Found art blog said...

Dang it, I'm going green with envy here!!

Laura Strack said...

Thank you for such a wonderful introduction to another great artist. Dorothy's book binding talent surpasses all and I want to learn more.

Candice Thomas said...

Bookbinding has always been one of my interests. Dorothy takes it to a new level. Awsome!

Deborah J Bein said...

I'm a huge fan of Krause's work. I am so psyched to have collage and art eye candy to visit every day this month! INSPIRATIONAL! dbein@hvc.rr.com

Laura said...

Loving it all...books and the wonderful images.

Jan said...

I checked out her photos on FB. Love her work. Thank you for introducing her to us.

Stephanie Rodgers said...

very cool book binding. Doe she ever teach classes in the NYC area?

Judy said...

Definitely one of my favorite book artists. Wish I had the opportunity to meet her in person - luck you.

Judy said...

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Judy said...

One of my favorite book artists. Wish I had the opportunitey to meet her in person.

Judy said...

One of my favorite book artists.

Darlene K Campbell said...

Happy to be introduced to Dorothy here. Will look up her book. Love those book binding techniques and her art. Raw and organic energy!!!

Lynda said...

I first learned about Dorothy way back in 2004 when I was introduced to her via the book "Digital Art Studio" on which she collaborated with two other amazing artists: Karin Schminke and Bonny Pierce Lhotka... since that time I've followed her work wherever I could... thanks for reminding me about her...

nelda said...

I love handmade books and really enjoyed the inside look at Dorothy's book on Amazon. It's now in my cart to purchase! Thanks for a wonderful start to the 30/30.

Kate Burroughs said...

Lovely book binding. Thanks for sharing.
Aloha, Kate

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Barbara Smith said...

Uh-oh, having a little trouble with my comment...hopefully it doesn't show up three times! Anyway, also a long-time fan of Dorothy's work...truly a ground breaking artist. My life changed when I discovered Digital Art Studio and I've never looked back!

Jeanette House said...

oooh, grungy!! And I mean that in the nicest possible way. :)

Chris O'Brien said...

I love Dorothy's work and was inspired by it way back when after reading her Digital Art Studio book. I've never met her in person, but have been able to catch a couple of exhibits. Her work is stunning in person.

Trace Willans said...

I have this book in my library and I love it, a real treasure. te

Kathy said...

Amazing work. Thank you

rivergardenstudio said...

Dorothy's book is one of my favorites too. She makes such gorgeous art!
roxanne

Glenda Hoagland said...

I have been a fan since I heard Dorothy"s interview on Craftcast with Allyson Lee. I purchased her book and was mesmerized. Thanks for featuring her in your book.

lauriez said...

oooh yes, i wanna touch these books, so incredible!

Mo Crow said...

Dorothy Simpson Krause has taken the Artist's Book into the realm of art with a capital A

Holly Shaw said...

The binding is so artistic! Love it.

Christine Kiehl said...

I like Dot's work. Glad to have met her and her work!

Chris said...

DSK's work is gorgeous. Off to do some googling.

Barbara Mason said...

Love that bound book and yes it is art!

Hastypearl said...

Love her color palate ...Laura

oneartistjournal.com said...

Total yumminess!! Love her work and the book I have from her.
Orly

Peg Englishman said...

I am fascinated by this new book. so many wonderful techniques and art :)

stlbarb said...

WOW! I could only aspire to create wonderful books like these!

Ruth L said...

bookart, that's worth to deep in

Lura said...

i love book and hers is amazing. about as great as this one that you did seth. xox

Jorin said...

Great work!

Gillian Pearce said...

Wow. Really love that binding. Off to explore the website now!