My art practice is fragmented into several areas that span textile arts, sewing, surface design, painting, illustration, typography, and graphic design. In attempting to unify my areas of practice, I've allowed sketches to bubble up, regardless of quality, unity, theme, or media. They are "automatic drawings", a method of working I've used since 1999.
The sketches in "Return to the Automatic World" are from the Ukiyoe of my mind, a floating world. Although the subject matter, textures, or tone of the book may seem uneven to most viewers, on a personal level each page is a part of the whole.
This sketchbook is significant because I have never been, up to now, a regular sketcher. As a long-time professional artist, my sketches fell into one of two categories: Things that became finished work without much editing, or stuff that went in the trashcan. This sketchbook represents the first fully filled sketchbook I have ever made for its own sake, and it's been enormously helpful in unifying my ideas and my art practice.
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