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Collect Raindrops: The Seasons Gathered
     

Collect Raindrops: The Seasons Gathered

by Nikki McClure
 

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Collect Raindrops celebrates the important things: the change of seasons, slowing down the world for a moment so we can actually taste it, looking up at the stars to dream. Artist Nikki McClure's delicate images exude an optimism that revolves around community, sustenance, parenting, and appreciating both the urban and rural landscape through a visual language

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Collect Raindrops celebrates the important things: the change of seasons, slowing down the world for a moment so we can actually taste it, looking up at the stars to dream. Artist Nikki McClure's delicate images exude an optimism that revolves around community, sustenance, parenting, and appreciating both the urban and rural landscape through a visual language that is uniquely her own.

Armed with an X-acto knife, McClure painstakingly cuts out her images from a single sheet of black paper, creating a bold language that translates the complex poetry of motherhood, nature, and activism into a simple and endearing picture. The delicate nature of her work draws the eye, as each element has to be connected to the one next to it in some way, creating a fragile network of shapes and lines.

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Library Journal

This wonderful collection of paper-cut prints compiling the artist's calendar art is arranged thematically by each of the four seasons. Paper-cutting originated in China and gained popularity in Europe during the 18th century. McClure is self-taught in the medium, and her work is folk art at its best. She has a fine sense of composition, and her pieces have a bold, graphic appeal that is easy to like. She composes silhouettes by cutting black paper with an X-Acto® knife and, once the paper cut is complete, adds color and simple prose. With a knack for imparting movement to images, she creates a world-nurturing calm: a farmer reclines in meadows, while goats gently nuzzle his fingers; city dwellers make their way to work under a field of bobbing umbrellas; wafts of steam rise from a teacup carefully held in two hands. McClure's text is appropriate for fine arts libraries interested in collecting visual material in the so-called minor arts. Her organic, modernist images and life-affirming message make this a suitable children's book, too.
—Katherine C. Adams

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810993303
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2007
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 13.25(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Nikki McClure is a self-taught artist who has been making paper-cuts since 1996. As one of the more prominent visual artists involved with Olympia-based record labels K and Kill Rock Stars, as well as the Riot Grrrl movement in the early nineties, her work still embodies the fiercely independent fire that fueled the passion and creativity of that time period. She lives in Olympia, Washington.

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