‘Unstuck’

Skull Party

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

We had another fantastic Handmade Crafternoon at the New York Public Library last Saturday, April 14th. Noah Scalin, artist/graphic designer/author/speaker/artistic guru, came up from Virginia to share with us some exercises to inspire creativity. He is the creator of the immensely popular Skull a Day project and the book Skulls, and he has written two books on jumpstarting the creative process, 365: A Daily Creativity Journal and Unstuck.

He brought several cool projects for our crafters to enjoy, including paper skulls to decorate as each individual desired. The ingenious design includes an element that allows the jaw to move.

The resulting skulls were humorous and marked with a variety of techniques. This cool skull incorporates elements of Noah’s Dadaist and found poetry exercises.

I love the colors the artist used for this one – I’ve named it “That ’70s Skull”.

This one is simple and hilarious – a skull topped with a little bow.

The glitter glue that was donated by Martha Stewart last year was very popular with our skull makers – we had loads of glittering skulls.

And this one really put skulls on the map.

Noah’s poetry exercises prompted several interesting poems. My NYPL librarian co-host Jessica Pigza lead groups to the main reading room to find materials for the Bookworm poetry exercise. A young poet named wrote a lovely piece, and even read it for the group.

She inspired other poets (including her mom) to share their pieces with the group as well. Check out her mom’s sweet blog post about the day here. Others played with the Censored poetry exercise, where a poem is created by selecting words from an existing piece of writing and using them to create a new work. The piece below incorporates design elements as well (more glitter!).

It was a very galvanizing afternoon. I’m very thankful to Noah for sharing all of his eye-opening ideas, and as always, thankful to Jessica and the New York Public Library for hosting Handmade Crafternoon.

I was also thrilled to see my dear friend Myra Greene‘s incredible work as part of the library’s Photography and Ruin exhibit. It’s open through May 6th and well worth seeing.

Please join us for the last Handmade Crafternoon of the season on May 12th. We are very excited to welcome Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom fabrics. We’ll be making party garlands. It feels like the perfect way to kick off summer, the season of outdoor parties!

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