Fold a flower for Mother’s Day at the Minneapolis Craft Market on April 24th 2016

Origami Carnation from The Origami Garden.
Origami Carnation from The Origami Garden.

Mother’s Day is fast approaching (May 8th 2016) so come and join me at the Minneapolis Craft Market on April 24th at Lakes and Legends Brewing Company and fold a beautiful little flower that will make your mum smile!

This is one of my own designs inspired from Egyptian mural paintings and is published in my recent book The Origami Garden.

Kathleen Sheridan from Origami and You and I will be holding free workshops at 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm. We will also have copies of both The Origami Garden and Origami for All available for purchase – a perfect gift for this time of year!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

nous sommes, my 2015 artist book

Detail of finished slipcases fitting together to create a perfect square.

As a self-employed artist, I often apply for different grants and opportunities in the hope that financial support will come my way. 2015 was a pleasant year as I had the good fortune to receive a grant from the Jerome Foundation to make an artist book. This included one year of 24-hour access to the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, a mentor, and a series of introductory workshops to learn the basics of paper making, letterpress printing, and book binding. The intention of this particular program is to offer artists the resources to create a book, fusing together newly acquired skills with aspects of their own artistic practice.

I must admit that before embarking upon this adventure, I knew very little about the book arts genre. For me, a book was an object, with pages, that contained printed information. I soon found out that the term for such a book is a codex, but that there are many other ways in which a book can manifest itself: a scroll, a box, a print, a sculpture, a t-shirt… the definition of a book for those in this field is merely a “contained narrative”. This gave me a lot to think about over the next few months and after many hours of contemplation, I decided to focus on the element of surprise that books offer us along with the experience they provide.

In the last few years I have become more and more interested in Eastern philosophies, numerology and the spiritual qualities of colour. I have also been experimenting with form and structure, often with paper, which has resulted in numerous origami creations (and a couple of authored books along the way.) So, my goal for this project was to combine all of these elements along with traditional bookmaking skills to create a visually stimulating book that would produce positive energy in the hands of the reader. There was so much to do and very little time!

Nous sommes is a physical manifestation of the spiritual nature of our souls, illustrated through the use of colour, structure, and form. It is a contemplation of life, the game we play; and the universe, the puzzle we all fit into. Just like life itself, my work consists of many layers, each offering an opportunity to participate, to pause, and to ponder.

This work will remain on show until February 19th at The Minnesota Center for Book Arts. I have produced a limited edition of nine books, please feel free to contact me for further information.

Here are some images from the year-long book creation process.

 

 

 

 

Parts of A Whole III opening at MCBA

Parts of Whole III

 

Join me at The Minnesota Center for Book Arts this Friday, the 14th of August 2015, for the opening of Parts of a Whole III.

This exhibition celebrates the book arts community and really shows off a huge variety of work created by over 70 different artists. There’s a lot to see from pencil drawings to handmade paper clothing and almost everything in between! Yes, I have a piece in the show so come along and join the fun!

I look forward to seeing you there!

The first copy of The Origami Garden!

Origami Garden

Here it is!

The Origami Garden - Ioana Stoian
The Origami Garden – Ioana Stoian

And as you can see I am rather chuffed with the result!

Here’s a glimpse of the inside showing a lovely little bird designed by Viviane Berty alongside the very traditional pigeon.

The Origami Garden - Ioana Stoian
The Origami Garden – Ioana Stoian

For those of you in the UK, you’ll be able to get your own copy on August 14th 2015 (only 18 days from now!). However those in the US will have to wait until the 5th of January.

A video tutorial is in the pipeline as is a giveaway and even a book launch! So much to look forward to!

 

 

Art a Whirl 2015

northeast-arts-district

Art a Whirl is the largest art crawl in America with over 30,000 visitors and it’s only around the corner. Come and join the fun on May 15th-17th in the NE Arts District of Minneapolis,MN.

My studio will be open and I’m planning to show off some of my new work including letterpress prints and a large paper installation. More on that soon.

You can find me in studio 315 in the Casket Arts Building.

I hope to see you there!

 

Origami Garden – My new book!

Origami_Garden_Jacket_Ioana_Stoian

 

Since the beginning of January 2014 I’ve been working on my second origami book: Origami Garden: Amazing Flowers, Birds, Bugs and Other Critters alongside a lovely team from Quarto Publishing.

It has been a very interesting experience collaborating with editors, graphic designers, art directors and of course many origami artists and creators who have contributed their works to this project.

I have never had so many rapid-fire deadlines in my entire life, and I’m proud to say I met each one right on time! :)

We are still in the last stages of getting everything ready for printing. I am eagerly awaiting the final colour proofs which should be with me soon. Maria Sinaskaya has kindly checked through all the diagrams looking for errors and I have gone over the contents quite a few times.

The release date for the book is tentatively September 12th in the UK and September 28th in the US. You can already pre-order a copy if you are as excited and impatient as me!

Check back soon for more information. I may even share one or two of the models with you before September.

 

 

Hand lettering on a very special bird house.

I’ve just completed my latest project – sign painting on a bird house! However this is not any old bird house, it’s an exact replica of a family barn built in 1928.

Constructed out of miniature planks of wood created from the original barn siding, as well as hand-made mini cedar shingles, this beautifully crafted edifice designed by architect John Yust and built by carpenter Bill Peterson houses seven individual ‘rooms’. It’s like a block of flats for birds!

The natural patina from the 87-year-old planks of wood is so authentic and brings a lot of charm to this piece. It did make the painting rather challenging, but that’s part of the fun.

My usual method of transferring the text with a cartoon didn’t work due to the rough textured surface; so I prepped carefully and painted directly on to the surface with oil paints. With this surface and the paints involved, it was a one-time opportunity only – no going back once the paint was on.

The main sign on the front of the barn measures 20cm x 6cm so that you can get an idea of scale.

I look forward to seeing the bird house installed in the owner’s garden and I hope it will be used by many lucky birds!

 

 

 

An Introduction to Letterpress Printing

I am incredibly honoured to be a recipient of the Jerome Foundation Mentorship Program. 2015 is the year where I get to learn about many of the different traditional skills that revolve around The Book. I will be introduced to the wonderful techniques of letterpress printing and bookbinding which, together with my paper making skills, will culminate in a glorious artwork.

I’m yet to see what that artwork will be, but it’s early days into the program so, no worries for the moment.

My mentorship will take place at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, a place that I already use and love dearly.

So, here are some photos of my first introduction to letterpress printing with CB Sherlock, a friend and a very talented printer.

Together with four other recipients of the program, the aim of the game was to find a five letter word, choose a letter, create a definition and then learn how to put all of that together and print a broadside.

After much discussion our word was Light. I chose the L and came up with a very creative L is for Love.