Greg Sanks' Profile

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I'm an environmental engineer working in the aerospace industry. I took up some crafts for my sanity and discovered that I liked doing everything(which, by the way, no one can afford!). I have no talent and can't draw a stick figure without assistance so I'm condemned to building things out of other things that I find.

I'm learning how to do bookbinding and make altered books at the moment. I've done wall sculpture, flat mount and framed textured abstract hanging art, flower and plant arrangement, lots of woodworking and assemblage as well as some nifty shadow boxes. I collect old books, antiques, little boxes of high character, and decorative, textured, and handmade papers for my artwork. Oh, and leather working (badly) too.

Currently, I'm learning how to age papers and book materials for my altered books and then take them to the next step…

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  • Male
  • Born on May 29
  • Joined March 24, 2010

Favorite materials

Things with texture or colorful elegance, old objects with a history or personal aura, handmade papers, marquetry, antiques, books, natural flora, copper, bronze, gold

About

I'm an environmental engineer working in the aerospace industry. I took up some crafts for my sanity and discovered that I liked doing everything(which, by the way, no one can afford!). I have no talent and can't draw a stick figure without assistance so I'm condemned to building things out of other things that I find.

I'm learning how to do bookbinding and make altered books at the moment. I've done wall sculpture, flat mount and framed textured abstract hanging art, flower and plant arrangement, lots of woodworking and assemblage as well as some nifty shadow boxes. I collect old books, antiques, little boxes of high character, and decorative, textured, and handmade papers for my artwork. Oh, and leather working (badly) too.

Currently, I'm learning how to age papers and book materials for my altered books and then take them to the next step by creating a display environment around the finished product using a diorama-like approach.

To pull that off I need and have used things like tree limbs, moss, and large pine tree slabs as well as willow and manzanita branches for display support and character. I try and create a feeling around the book with old or period-correct unusual objects that you don't find in the home of anyone normal.

For example, I've used a rustic creepy brass hand bell, gold (plastic) japanese shinto alter vessels, antique necklaces for bookmarks, exotic woods in a variety of colors and textures, rusty old heavy medieval locks with huge keys, celtic woven leather braids (boy-howdy, that's a pain to learn)used to bind leather surfaces and wraps for display support woods and limbs, antique victorian laces and ribbon, celtic multi-layered crosses, a japanese paper modge-podged kimono, steampunk style items that are just..not right...in anyone's estimation, and antique lamp parts and post office box combination locked heavy brass & glass doors. Lots of findings too. If art is about creating or releasing emotion, then that is what I'm attempting to do.

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