Urgent 2nd Class: Creating Curious Collage, Dubious Documents, and Other Art from Ephemera

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His internationally best-selling Griffin & Sabine saga is treasured for its blend of lyrical storyline and compelling, imaginative art. Now Nick Bantock gives a short course in visual creativity in Urgent 2nd Class. A tour through the techniques and materials which constitute his signature style, Bantock shares with readers numerous ways ways of using old paper ephemera -- maps, letters, postcards, ledgers, scraps, photos, and many more items -- to create their own idiosyncratic art. Written for people of all...
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Overview

His internationally best-selling Griffin & Sabine saga is treasured for its blend of lyrical storyline and compelling, imaginative art. Now Nick Bantock gives a short course in visual creativity in Urgent 2nd Class. A tour through the techniques and materials which constitute his signature style, Bantock shares with readers numerous ways ways of using old paper ephemera -- maps, letters, postcards, ledgers, scraps, photos, and many more items -- to create their own idiosyncratic art. Written for people of all artistic skill levels, the materials mentioned are all easily found and inexpensive, and the processes are simple enough to do at home (and with access to the most advanced machinery used in the book, a photocopier). An inspirational guide to the simple artistic techniques which can alchemically transform ephemera into remarkable works, Urgent 2nd Class is the handbook for a new generation of visual poets.
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Publishers Weekly
Collage of paper ephemera-photographs, postcards, ads, newspapers, stamps, money, packaging materials, invoices, books and sheet music-is an artistic technique at least as old as modernism, with Picasso and Braque incorporating various scraps of Parisian paper into their early cubist works. Bantock, whose six Griffin & Sabine books imagine an epistolary love and include the "actual" letters and cards it is conducted through, offers a plethora of techniques for bringing past and present together by collecting aging paper, and transforming its original communicative use or transactional value through one's own choices in juxtaposition, placement and additive drawing. He offers beautiful, full-color examples of his own work in short chapters devoted to the various pulp forms above, with five or six paragraphs explaining what he likes or how he uses each (on family photos: "I'm not overly interested in battling internally with where sentimentality ends and nostalgia begins-so I steer clear all together"), followed by examples of works he's done with short captions. The printing and layout are as lush as Griffin & Sabine fans would expect, and Bantock offers a judicious mix of his own practice and advice for one's own. Agent, Liz Darhansoff. (Sept. 1) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The popularity of scrapbooking has sparked interest in related paper crafts such as paper collage. Collage, or pieced paper work, is an artful construction using inexpensive ephemeral paper items originally created for some other purpose. As with all crafts using recycled materials, there is some danger of ruining a genuine collector's item, so the use of color photocopies may sometimes be advisable. Bantock (Griffin & Sabine) presents his original creations-e.g., maps embellished with rubber stamps, altered photographs, and postage stamp collages-in individual chapters devoted to specific types of source material. These are for ideas only; there are no projects. Corba's book has over 30 step-by-step projects for household items embellished with paper found materials, including postcards, music, and vintage illustrations. Both books make clever use of common materials and are good selections for public libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811843058
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Bantock is the author of numerous illustrated novels, including Griffin & Sabine, Sabine's Notebook, The Golden Mean, The Gryphon, and Alexandria, which together spent 100 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Born in England, he now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Faux Mail 7
Dubious Documents 15
Maps 23
Engravings 29
Money 35
Photographs 41
Stamps 49
Books and Magazines 55
Commercial Ephemera 63
Postcards 69
Rubber Stamps 77
Photocopies 85
Drawings 91
Handwriting and Type 97
Games 103
Collage 111
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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    Misleading, but still Fantastic

    My main issue with this book is the subtitle: "Creating curious Collage, Dubious Documents, and other Art from Ephemera." The whole "creatING" part suggests to me a workshop book on how to begin making your own collages and altered documents.
    True, there is a bit of information on the title page of each chapter, but beyond that, the book serves merely as a gallery of Bantock's work, with hardly a sentence of explanation for each piece beyond the basics. The one detail he does go into is the variety of ephemera he does use, though he is scarce on information on where to find them, or what to do with them once you have found them.
    If you enjoy looking at his work and find inspiration and instruction solely by looking at the pictures, this book can't get any better (his prints and originals are sold for hundreds of dollars).
    If you want a little more instruction, try Collage Lab. If you're looking for a little more insight into Bantok and his work, try The Forgetting Room.

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