Monthly Archives: September 2012

Illustrators as Paper Engineers, Maryland Institute College of Art

Carol Barton teaching paper engineering at Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MDMaryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

I made an early morning drive to Baltimore, Maryland, this Monday for a chance to work with first-year graduate students in Whitney Sherman’s  illustration class. It’s always a joy to work with illustrators, challenging them to push their work into three dimensions with the addition of pop-ups and book elements. Within just a few hours this class already had created models of many promising designs. Of course, in teaching a short workshop I don’t get to see resulting finished pieces right away, but the students have promised to add me to their Facebook page where they will be posting photos of their projects evolving over the course of the semester. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Illustration graduate students, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Paper Dress Exhibition

Paper Dress by Isabelle de Borchgrave, Hillwood Mansion, Washington, DC

My friends Raya Bodnarchuk, Yazi Azel and I visited Hillwood Museum and Gardens on Saturday to see the paper dress exhibition by the artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. Over 25 works inspired by historic costumes and dresses are on display through the end of December, 2012. Trims, ribbons, buttons and even the lace on each outfit are all fashioned from various papers, painted in a trompe-l’oeil fashion to imitate the textiles of the period. Additionally, a tour of the mansion and gardens was in order. We managed to enjoy the grounds just before a major rainstorm hit that once again knocked out electrical power for a large portion of the Washington, DC area.

Carol Barton and Raya Bodnarchuk at Hillwood Gardens, Washington, DC