An exhibition of 62 bookmarks

February 25, 2014- March 25, 2014

Kings Bay Library
3650 Nostrand Avenue (between Avenue W & X)
Brooklyn, NY 11229
718-368-1709
(link).

About the exhibition- During a visit to the library a few of years ago, I wandered into the children’s section where I spotted some strips of light grey paper and a bowl of colorful circular confetti sitting on the librarian’s desk. They were obviously supplies for making bookmarks. Inspired, I took some home and made a few. Then, I kept making them. This exhibition includes a few of the earliest bookmarks made using that grey cardstock, but then shows how I was quickly inspired to branch out and explore other possibilities within this specific format, trying other kinds of paper, confetti and then later drawing on them.

These bookmarks are drawings and collages that are abstract in nature, double sided and laminated for durability. The drawn bookmarks are mostly made on Nepalese Lokta paper with a palette that I select at random from a can of assorted pens and markers. The collages are made with a variety of paper and plastic that is cut, hole punched, arranged and sometimes drawn on. They are inspired by my love for color, pattern, unexpected combinations, and my desire to find a use for scraps of paper that would otherwise be discarded.

Regarding these bookmarks, I draw inspiration from modern design including graphic and package design, computer graphics and screen savers, Japanese cartoons and the bag check cards at Trash & Vaudeville, patterns in nature, happenstance and my own inner workings.