Jill Timm’s work in artist books

Jill Timm - Miniature Books

During her Amazing Dremel workshop, Jill Timm treated students to a talk about her work in artist books. Many of her books are miniatures and include her photographic work. Jill’s work tends to focus on natural themes, which seems to have evolved, in part, from her love of National Parks. Her work is so beautiful!

One piece that I found particularly amazing was Magical NatureScapes. The book contains six scenes that are presented in 3-D, which one views through the included 3-D glasses. Jill told us that she created the 3-D effect herself by moving images pixel by pixel.

That’s what I call artistic commitment.

When I attend an artist talk, I try to remember to bring my studio journal. I’m often amused by the rather obvious (yet still valuable) things I write down. On occasion, I’ll write down something totally random that I found funny at the time and then later I’ll have no idea what it means.

Here are the quotes I captured from Jill’s talk (and what I learned from them):

“The page needs to grow to fit the photo.”

Translation: Don’t crop your photo to fit the page – preserve your content! I love the idea of pages that expand and fold out, so I need to remember this one.

“Pages do not always have to be square or rectangle.”

Translation: Hellloooo…shapes! I think I shy away from shapes because cutting the pages can be really time-consuming. It certainly would be easier to make shaped books if my books were smaller. And this doesn’t even mean that the covers have to be shaped – you can just focus on the pages. See Jill’s Talking Rocks for a great example of this.

“A book should not be naked on the back.”

Translation: Put content on the backs of your pages. I am so guilty of this one, especially if I’m working on something accordion-like. I’ll conceptualize the book one side at a time. I hereby commit to no more naked backsides.

I’m still working on my two remaining Dremel posts – the sample books and the printable guide for everything learned in both Dremel classes.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank everyone for their support during these past weeks. Your kindness has been very heartwarming.

2 Responses to “Jill Timm’s work in artist books”

By dinahmow - 8 September 2010 Reply

Ooh! “No more naked backsides.” I’ve been an advocate of this for ages.Nothing to show yet, but a sort of never-ending story…
Oh! I got your Flickr mail. Thanks, Elissa.

By Elissa - 28 September 2010 Reply

Diane –

This reminds me of the good naked/bad naked episode of Seinfeld.

Naked work table good, naked backside of book pages bad.


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