Sunday, August 26, 2012

Metal Journals - Student Work

This is the beautiful, talented, superstar 9th grader Karisma Dev getting started on her Metal Journal, using an anvil and hammer to flatten out her wire frame that she has braided for a more interesting look.

These kids are in my Intermediate 3-D class, and they are working on a very complex journal assignment that has several components.  The first being to make their frame foundations.
Here is a look at Karisma's front of her journal.  The kids were required to incorporate hand spun yarn, hand made felt, beads, and hardware store findings into their front and back covers.

Their pages were done on canvas duct fabric and had to be hand painted with acrylics, and they had to incorporate text, buttons, and machine or hand stitching.  There was so much design and planning that went into these.
Not only are these kids talented young artists, but they are also very competent writers as well.
A look below at Karisma's back cover.

This next frame and cover belong to junior Kevin Tang.  This was a very powerful piece, very expressive as is most of Kevin's work.

A few of Kevin's pages...

and the back side.

More of the frame foundations.

This next one is the work of junior Joyce Le.  She came up with a most interesting shape.  These are her front and back covers.

And her very sweet pages.

This next one below belongs to junior Rita Labib.  I really like how she incorporated the dried rose that really sets the color tone.

The kids got to choose how they wanted to bind their books.  Rita has used the long stitch. 

Junior Nida Fatima went all out with her journal and enjoyed every second of it.  
From her cover...
to all her pages.
Senior Elsie Aguilar did this very sweet journal below.
This is one of my favorite pages from all the journals.
In fact, she put a lot of work into all her pages.
Love these adorable birds and nest.
Senior Ingrid Huang didn't get a chance to finish her cover but I still wanted to showcase her gorgeous pages.  So beautifully painted with wonderful collage elements...
and stitching.  Just doesn't get any lovelier.


  1. What beautiful works of art these books are. Each student should be very proud of what they created.