HannahSpeltBackwards

Content Writer Hannah Miller

Month: February, 2011

Sketchbook Spreads

Some more snippets from my sketchbook.  This butterfly image comes from some photographs I took of butterfly corpses that lay on the roof of my tent this summer.  They became trapped between the tent and the fly, and we only noticed them when we went to sleep and saw their sillouettes in the moonlight.  It’s so bittersweet that they forget how to fly down, and only keep flying up and up until they are disoriented and exhausted.  Would they have died anyway? How long is a butterfly’s life span? I gathered up the little bodies when we packed up camp, and used one to sketch its patterns.  They are just common Monarch butterflies, but now that they are imortalised in my sketchbook, they won’t be forgotten!  Oh and there is a tupperware container of them in my lounge room…that is waiting for inspiration.  If you like butterflies, you should take a peep at Bobby’s photography.

The sketchbook also gave me a chance to play a little with popups, which is something I had been hoping to do for the Don’t Quit Your Day Job exhibition (But deadlines overcame me and I realised that I need to take one idea and focus on it rather than spread my efforts too thin across several poorly executed ideas – thus the pillowcases won over popups). I have been wanting to play with tunnel books to create a sleeping scene with some of my People I’ve Slept With images, but the sketchbook was practically ready made for this kind of layering. So I cut the pages to put Kate’s sleeping head amongst piles of sheets.  The page layering also worked to recreate the cluttered atmosphere of Marsh’s Free Museum’s oddities (the taxidermy pic).

I’m Sorry

I'm sorry

Here is another page from my contribution to the Sketchbook Project. The project had several themes to choose from and the one I ended up selecting was “I’m Sorry I Forgot You.” It wasn’t always so easy to stick to, but the nostalgic tone of the theme did give me some inspiration. I’ve had this image of the inside-out umbrella in mind for a while. I see them abandoned and forgotten about all the time. Once they are broken, umbrellas become instantly disposable and worthless. No more jumping puddles. Doesn’t it just seem so lonely?

The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project

In January, I finished and posted off my sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project. Yes, when I say “finished” I do also pretty much mean: began, filled and completed all last minute. Of course. Luckily, I had Mr Pan to push me along and keep reminding me of the due date.  I was sure I had until March!

I’ll keep posting some photographs I took of the contents.  The spread pictured here is a pop up I made from a photograph of the bougainvillea and garden furniture in my backyard. The sketchbook has a barcode on the back which will be used to catalogue it.  I can even get online notification when someone views it. Sketchbooks from all over the world will tour the states in an exhibition, and then be stored permanently in the Brooklyn Arts Library, NYC. You can also view my Sketchbook Project profile.