This gorgeous new journal from popular paper-cut artist Nikki McClure is the perfect place to record all the projects to build, plans to make, recipes to cook, things to wish for, books to read, places to travel, presents to give, and experiences to discover, to name just a few. Based loosely on her Things to Make and Do 2008 Calendar, the journal's simple text and starkly beautiful images offer readers inspiration to write down their aspirations and dream projects, and to take the steps necessary to achieve them.
Inside pages are a combination of blank pages and pages with papercut artwork by Nikki McClure. Journal is split into sections to inspire: Plan, Wish, Dream, Build, Explore, Learn, Make, Grow, Give, Find. Nice blend of colors: blue, black, and off-white hues throughout, as shown in cover image.
As one of the more prominent visual artists involved with Olympia-based record labels K and Kill Rock Stars, as well as the Riot Grrrl movement in the early nineties, Nikki's work still embodies the fiercely independent fire that fueled the passion and creativity of that time period.
8½ X 6" size,
Nikki McClure is known for her painstakingly intricate and beautiful paper cuts. Armed with an X-acto knife, she cuts out her images from a single sheet of paper and creates a bold language that translates the complex poetry of motherhood, nature, and activism into a simple and endearing picture.
Her work depicts the virtues of hard labor and patience, which is inherent in her process as well as in the images themselves: weathered hands washing dishes, people sweeping, mothers caring for their babies, and farmers working the land. But there is also a large element of celebration, of taking the time to roll around in the grass and get wet from the early morning dew. The need for all of us to lay down on the ground, grab hold of the earth, look at the stars and dream. She magnifies the importance of simple things, like the change of seasons, slowing down the world for a moment so we can actually taste it.
Nikki's images exude a positivity that revolves around community, sustenance, parenting, and appreciating both the urban and rural landscape.