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I found this website that is sort of fun to play with. I have always loved poetry and words and also typography. While participating in a chat on an Art Educator site I found wordle.net. It is a cool site that lets you enter words and then randomly jumbles them up in different fonts and colors. The designs can be interesting because of the randomness of what occurs. You can save your creations to a gallery if you like how they turned out. You can also edit the look of your design with some of the tools that change color, layout, font and several other features. The randomness of this endeavor is part of what really appeals to me. I could do something similar in Illustrator or InDesign or with a real cut and paste collage, but this is just kind of a fun way to brainstorm. These are almost like thumbnails for something else. Have fun with the wordles! Here’s one of mine.

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A friend of mine recently sent me the following website link to look at. http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/ What a cool website and artist. The work is interesting on many levels. As sculpture the pieces are intriguing as they play with the idea of what a book is. The words of a well written book make the images leap to life in your mind’s eye and imagination. In this artwork the images from the book’s page are realized right on the pages of the book. Using books as a form of art has become very popular with the dawning of the altered book craze and the hand made artist book community. These books are art objects themselves with the meaning of the pages and the stories serving as allusions for the artworks. The site also links to several films. http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/films.php Each is interesting as an animated piece. One illustrates the way that an ad campaign was developed utilizing the artists designs and a team of animators. It is intriguing to me especially as I push forward trying to learn the art of animation and pass it along to my students.

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