Part 2 of A Collaborative Artist’s Book With My Friend Chelsea Clarke

This post is the second of a six-part series detailing the assembly of a collaborative book between myself and my friend Chelsea, a talented illustrator as well as print and fiber artist (start at Part 1 here)! If you want to make sure you catch all the steps, you can subscribe via email, or RSS feed. (or just keep checking back, I’ll have a new step every other day)
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Cutting out paper lichens - Rock Wall Accordion Book Part 2 by Ruth Bleakley

Photo 1: Chelsea’s illustration shows a long rock wall, and the outlines of lichens along the wall – I wanted to give a close-up look at the lichens and I was inspired by Chelsea’s work in embroidered lichens, so I started by cutting little pieces of paper into the different “fronds” on the lichen.

Photo 2: Here are all the little organic shapes I cut out with scissors (I ended up needing about three times as many as you see here), I began arranging them into lichen shapes – you can see one emerging in the upper right.

Photo 3: Here’s a formative lichen – I decided I wanted a little pop of color and that’s where the thin bronze paper came in. I was inspired by some of the orange lichens in Chelsea’s embroidery work, which you can see below:

Lichen Wall Art by Chelsea Clarke

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