The Iron Resolve of the Golden Owl

The Iron Resolve of the Golden Owl cut paper art book by Patrick Gannon
cut paper and washi binder/book
14 1/2cm x 24cm / about 5 3/4″ x 9 1/2″

One of my goals this year is to make sure that I don’t allow myself to be contained by any definitions or rules which I’ve imposed on myself. Artistically speaking, of course. I won’t be making a complete break with civilized society just yet. Maybe next year.

For now, I’m happy to follow my creative impulses wherever they take me. In this case, they took me to make a book. Or a binder, actually. True bookmaking requires needles and threads and something akin to sewing. In my world, that inevitably leads to pinholes in my fingertips, lots of bad words, and a big ‘ol mess. Making a binder, on the other hand, led me to learn how to use rivets. There are hammers and workbenches and hammering involved. All satisfyingly manly. Now I just need to manufacture an excuse to use power tools and I’ll be able to think of myself as burly. grr.

The Iron Resolve of the Golden Owl cut paper art book by Patrick GannonThis urge to defy being boxed-in manifested itself in the artwork. It takes fortitude and resolve to break with convention, and I’m happy to say that this Golden Owl and his sidekick have it. This is my goal for the coming year: to not be afraid to do my own thing, to soar above the heights previously achievable, to perch on the unperchable.

Also, to get as much gold as I possibly can. And maybe a sidekick.

Pictures of the book, and details of the artwork:

Golden Owl Triumphant(ly lounging around)
The Iron Resolve of the Golden Owl cut paper art book by Patrick Gannon

Earth-bound Owl-y Friends. Both Horned and Barn owls represented (just for you, Karen)
The Iron Resolve of the Golden Owl cut paper art book by Patrick Gannon

The Cover in it’s entirety. You can see some of the great subtle gold sheen. Mmmm Shiny!
The Iron Resolve of the Golden Owl cut paper art book by Patrick Gannon

The interior. A place to put things. Things with holes.
The Iron Resolve of the Golden Owl cut paper art book by Patrick Gannon

4 comments

  1. Karen’s avatar

    I love it, and thanks for my owls! =)

  2. weizenkeim’s avatar

    hi. if you hadn’t left a message at my place (thanks) i would have maybe missed your work. that would have sucked :) fascinating. i’d really love to see your working process. regards.

  3. peggy fussell’s avatar

    This is wonderful!! I make books with needle and thread.. the trick is to avoid getting blood on the pages : )

    1. patrick’s avatar

      Thanks Peggy! I totally see your point. Nobody likes those rusty fingerprints on their brand-new book. ew.

      As for me, I like the binder right now. Great for a photo album or guest book. Plus I get to whack stuff with a hammer, which I’ve sorely missed since my barbarian farmboy days.

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