Giveaway: ‘PUSH Paper’ & ‘PUSH Stitchery’ from Lark Crafts

PUSH Paper & PUSH Stitchery

PUSH is a new gallery book series from Lark Crafts that features 30 contemporary international artists who are pushing the boundaries of their craft. The first two books in the series — PUSH Paper and PUSH Stitchery — focus on paper and needle crafts, respectively. Oh, and we’re giving them away to one lucky reader! Details at the end of the post.

The work profiled in both books is inspiring and made us have those “I wish I could do that!” moments. See a few of our favorite creations from PUSH Paper below.

“Snowballs” by Peter Callesen.

“Get Out of Study Hall” by Annie Vought.

“Untitled” (U.S. Capitol Building) by Jill Sylvia.

Want to win PUSH Paper and PUSH Stitchery? In the spirit of back-to-school season, tell us about one of your favorite school art projects and on Wednesday, September 21st, we’ll pick a winner at random. [SJ]

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  1. Posted by Nicole on 09.14.11 at 10:12 am

    My all time favorite project while I was in school was to design a restaurant menu. It was so fun, and we were able to be as creative as we wanted. My professor was so excited about the final pieces that she displayed them in the school window!

  2. Posted by Nysa on 09.14.11 at 10:24 am

    We had to sculpt the head of a president. It was my first fimo experience and i purchased a skintone color and made Franklin Pierce, the 14th president. I remember working really hard on it and being proud of it even though all the details and hair were all the same color and it was only as big as one packet of fimo would allow!

  3. Posted by Jenni on 09.14.11 at 10:29 am

    In junior high art class, I recreated Jambi from Pee Wee’s Playhouse. I don’t remember the assignment, but it was certainly a broad one if that was my result! The 2D genie was a multi-media piece with “bejeweled” paper doors that folded open to reveal a turban-topped head inside. I wish I had saved it!

  4. Posted by Connie @ Daydream In Color on 09.14.11 at 10:46 am

    I remember in middle school we kept history notebooks with prompts for each week. You could express the answer or task however you wanted. I got really overly creative for it. I remember making tiny villages in clay and putting it within the notebook and making an aged cloth scroll and pouch and cutting out paper silhouettes of famous people in history. It was so much fun.

  5. Posted by Teresa on 09.14.11 at 10:50 am

    In various high school art classes, the most common project, and the one I excelled at was the tissue paper collage… the transparency of the torn paper and the water color results were dreamy and whimsical. As a life long print nerd and paper geek, I would lovelovelove to win the PUSH Paper book! Pick me, please! Pick me!

  6. Posted by Natalie on 09.14.11 at 10:52 am

    The assignment was to create a paper mache figure for a collaborative winter scene display. I made a girl ice-skating, complete with handmade clothes. The figures were all kind of rough, after all, it was paper mache – but it was great when it all came together and we set up a display for the school art show, a winter scene complete with an ice skating pond, trees, snow hills, houses, etc. and all of our figures skating, snowball fighting, making snow angels, building forts, etc. It was a lot of fun, and I still have that very rough figurine!

  7. Posted by Tiffany Coombs on 09.14.11 at 11:19 am

    It’s always been hard for me to get excited about any project someone asks me to do, but there was one that wasn’t too bad at all in high school. We each had to pick a subject and a colour, to create a monochromatic piece of work for art class. It is still to this day one of my favourite pieces of work I have ever done (not that I’ve done much). :o)

  8. Posted by Annie K. on 09.14.11 at 11:44 am

    I think I had the most fun carving a sphinx out of a bar of soap. Of course, I’m sure my mother didn’t appreciate the 5 discarded bars that I went through before achieving the final result, but it was good ~clean~ fun.

  9. Posted by Lisa Szabon-Smith on 09.14.11 at 1:44 pm

    It’s so hard to pick just one!
    In High School my favorite was creating a wire frame and paper mache figurine. I made a tall, lanky man sitting on a fire hydrant. His name was Pedro and he had hair made of pipe cleaners. I wonder where he ended up???
    In College my favorite project was designing and printing my sister’s wedding invitations. I did everything from design, picking the paper and then printing them on our Heidelberg press. It was so exciting to see them in the mail and know that many of my sisters loved ones got to see my hard work come to life.
    Overall, I am a paper lover – I collect paper sample books with the plan to create frames, etc with the samples. Much better to be displaying them out in the open rather than hiding their beauty in a closed book.

    Great question for a contest btw!

  10. Posted by Anita Zilis on 09.14.11 at 11:11 pm

    My all time favorite project is the constellation of my horoscope the Scorpio!
    My dad, who is an electrical engineer, helped me to attach the black poster board to a wooden frame and then we soldered the wires and attached them to the little lights that we poked through at the other side. We then attached the wires to a little battery pack on the back so I could turn it on and off. I loved working with my dad and doing both the drawing of the constellation and figuring out the lighting. Pretty cool for a 4th grade project, huh?

  11. Posted by Tomoe Samuelson on 09.15.11 at 9:22 am

    I still cherish the day we completed our sunflower art made by all of us, kindergarteners in Japan. Each student requires to bring white egg shells broken into pieces, painted in yellow, green, or light brown tones. Bring them onto 5 meter by 5 meter sheet of paper to create one big sunflower art. We took our time to glue each piece onto that paper. Upon completion, they framed it and kept that great art in the entrance of our kindergarten where students in Japan change their street shoes into room shoes. It made us all happy to see it upon entering school. Happy at school every single day:)

  12. Posted by Terry B Gardner (@tbgdesign) on 09.16.11 at 9:33 am

    My favorite art project in school would have to be the first clay piece I ever made…in kindergarten. It was a pumpkin (i can see it like it was yesterday) and the teacher said it was the best in the class. The rest is history.

  13. Posted by Aditi Babel on 09.19.11 at 8:49 am

    On the independence day we were supposed to create our county map with all states shown with dots (formally known as the stippling technique) I think as soon as I finished it I knew I want to be in his field forever. I felt a sense of rejoice!

  14. Posted by Michaela on 09.19.11 at 11:22 pm

    In photography my teacher gave us two words, flight and caged. She told us find inspiration, take pictures, and submit 10 finished pieces. It was one of the hardest assignments but also the most fulfilling. We had to not only find images that were inspired by those words but also a manner with which to present them that felt and looked natural. For one part I took multiple pictures of a single candle on a snow covered table. I presented it in a slide show projected onto a crumpled piece of paper. That was the project that pushed me the most.

  15. Posted by kHyal on 09.20.11 at 8:33 am

    PUSH should join us for some collaboration at our or on Block Island for our! (Ask Mohawk’s Lee Moody how much fun we have …)

  16. Posted by Cody Langford on 09.20.11 at 9:41 am

    One of my favorite projects was in third grade. We were using black paper and tissue to make stained glass windows. My mom let me take her office travel kit to school. It has scissors, glue, tape and a small exacto knife. I know, exacto knife in the hands of a third grader! My teacher knew I had it and somehow trusted me to use it correctly. I ended up working super hard on that project and in the eyes of a third grader created something pretty spectacular.

    I have to say that having the most intricate stained glass window hanging up at school did put a big smile on my fact!

  17. Posted by Allison on 09.20.11 at 10:23 am

    for a book i read in middle school i created a ferris wheel out of little wooden dowels. it was complete with mini foam-board seats (think polly pocket size…) and it actually rotated! i finished it off with a coat of fun-colored paint and a string of fake lights. it was quite a spectacle. too bad i didnt photograph it :(

  18. Posted by amber perrodin on 09.20.11 at 12:51 pm

    My favorite school project was a woven basket in 8th grade. I still have it and use it to this day! One of the best art experiences of my career. and I know have a BFA. It’s a damn good basket! 😉

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