From art using snow, ice, leaves, and berries to sticks, branches, mud, and pebbles, Natural suggests more than 200 simple, abstract creations that readers can make when they’re out and about, using nothing but natural materials. Along with the pleasure to be had in creating something beautiful in just a few minutes, the projects are a splendid way to open a child’s eyes to all the shapes, colors, and textures nature has to offer. Pouyet is directly inspired by land artists like Robert Smithson, who created a giant stone spiral jetty in the Great Salt Lake, and Nils Udo, who makes enormous, magical nests from birch trunks and willow branches. For families, teachers, crafters, and all who delight in a few moments of creativity, Natural is a rich source of inspiration to engage with the amazingly varied elements of the everyday outdoors.
Brand: Frances Lincoln
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Mention is made in the short Introduction of Robert Smith's noted Spiral Jetty earth art in Utah's Great Salt Lake. But the nature art of this book combining photography, examples, and simple instruction and encouragement is not so artistically ambitious. As mentioned in the Foreword, the book is meant more to enhance children's walks in the woods or fields or at the beach--any outdoor area. Its content though is not limited to children, but relevant to teachers, activities leaders, and anyone else looking for ways to enhance a simple nature trip. Homeowners and office workers looking for simple decorations for spots in a home or office desks would find it relevant as well.
Pouyet is a French graphic designer (the book was first published in France in 2006). The materials he uses for his illustrative simple creations and the creations themselves are much more varied and fragile compared to the earth art of practicing, professional artists such as Smithson. The stone, earth,...
I have enjoyed viewing land art for many years. As a sculptor I have tried my hand at creating some land art but always thought BIG. This book has helped me think on a smaller scale, and provided suggestions and stimulated ideas for use of seasonally available local materials found on my daily walks. Great Book!!
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