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Art in a Box: 30 Creative Projects in Mixed-Media Assemblage

Marlis Maehrle

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In the multimillion-dollar crafter market, this is one art form that appeals to artists and makers of all kinds, whatever their other mediums may be. Also termed 3-D collage, shadow boxes, or assemblage, it’s based on how you choose and arrange items in
a "box" (term used loosely!) to create a visual message. With 30
intriguing projects of varied complexity, this complete guide teaches techniques for
arranging, organizing, mounting, and creating narratives. The boxes use easily available items like cigar boxes, unusual packaging containers, or mint tins. The form’s history is covered too, including the curiosity cabinets of Renaissance Europe, the found-object assemblage boxes created in the 20th century by Joseph Cornell, and the works artists create today. Includes examples to teach arrangement, grouping, and assembly and offers extra inspiration with a 40-page gallery of a wide range of works by expert artists.

Size: 8 3/4" x 10 1/2" | 320 color images & patterns | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358418

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Marlis Maehrle loves paper, books, and all things handmade. She works as a freelance book designer and has been teaching paper- and book-crafting courses in the US and Germany for more than two decades. Her work has been featured in Uppercase and 500 Paper Objects. She served as artist in residence at the Mino Paper Village in Japan and is a member of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA). For her, as a collector and finder, boxes are important components of her Archive of Wondrous Things. www.papierzeichen.de/?lang=en