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The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed [Paperback]

Seth Apter
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31 Mar 2012

Listen closely…can you hear it?

Can you hear the voices? Thoughts, insights, confessions from the creative community sharing ideas, trading secrets, venting frustrations; asking and answering questions such as, "What color rarely shows up in your work?" or "How do you express vulnerability in you art?" Or "What is one current trend that you wish would go away?" As artists, we are curious by nature and there is a longing to see inside the hearts and minds of artistic souls of our own kind. That is the beat of our lives—the Pulse of Mixed Media!

In this book—a complex survey of artists around the globe—there is much for you to discover:

  • Visual insights: Many questions are answered not only in words, but often through visual art, and include self-portraits from 31 spotlight artists such as Pam Carriker, Danny Gregory and Judy Wise.
  • A diverse sampling of provocative questions: Over 100 artists share their thoughts on everything from color, media and tools, to emotions, secrets and self-revelations
  • Insightful sidebar statistics: Data from thousands of participants collected through polls on the author's blog reveal a remarkable analysis of the creative community at large
Indulge your inner voyeur and soak up some inspiration with The Pulse of Mixed Media today!


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (31 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144031070X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440310706
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 20.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Seth Apter is a mixed-media artist in New York City, who focuses on paper arts, book arts and assemblage. His work has been highlighted on multiple websites and published in numerous books and magazines. He is very active in the creative community and is currently writing a column for CreateMixedMedia.com. Hundreds of artists have been featured in his own sought-after zine, The Artist's Pulse, and Seth attracts thousands to his blog, The Altered Page.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed 27 July 2012
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I bought this book because that was what everyone else was buying and raving about. I was not impressed by this book at all. I didn't get inspired by anything in it and the featured artists are the same featured in every somerset magazine I already have. This book went to e-bay shortly after purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 10 Aug 2013
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This book is so refreshing!
It makes such as change to read about real artists and why they do what they do, what inspires them, why they work in a cetain medium and lots more to get your teeth into.
Ive never read anything by Seth Apter before and will certainly look out for more
As the Author says on the first page this is not a typical How to do guide, if you are looking for that this book isnt for you, but if you are looking for a different approach, I throughly recomend it
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Billie
Format:Paperback
My Reason for Buying: 'The Pulse of Mixed Media by Seth Apter'.

I discovered Seth Apter after taking an online class with Julie Prichard and visited his site. Seth is not only an amazing artist in his own right but also very empowering and encouraging to new artists too. I've taken part in several of his online collaboration projects and when he put a call out for people to take part in a survey for his new book, I jumped at the chance and submitted my answers to the questions he pose. I couldn't wait to see what he book would become and was overjoyed to discover that something I submitted was to be included in the book. Now the book has been released in the UK and I've read it, here are my thoughts.

I tell you this as often a review is based on how well the book lived up to the expectations of its reader, for their purpose

Contents
Taking the Pulse
Spotlight Artists
Section One: The Artistic Ingredient
Section Two: Passion in Action
Section Three: Secrets Revealed
Over 100 Artists

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Pros

This book is unlike any other art book I've seen and I love it. Often we create alone, not everyone is a member of an art club or community and this book is full of the thoughts, hopes, dreams and insecurities of REAL everyday artists. I love that there are famous names that I recognize from the mixed media online world and from Stampington fame, but also people I haven't heard of.

There are links to websites or blogs of artists involved, so if you discover someone you would like to know more about you can visit their sites.

Each section has a series of questions and responses from the artists, either in writing or in artworks or both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 5 Jan 2013
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I love this book, it is not your average how to do art book, but is packed with the stories behind the artists, what inspires them and how they create.
I loved it because I am a self taught artist and have never really had the understanding about the style of art I do, this book encouraged me as to what sort of artist I am and what inspires me and listening to other story's really helped, I found myself in here are some of the styles I create
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4.0 out of 5 stars Provocative Reading... 4 Sep 2012
By Carmen
Format:Paperback
I'll start off by saying that I'm aware of the authors blog but haven't visited it properly (yet!) it's more through word of mouth on other blogs that I know of it... and so don't know anything about the author. I do know of some of the artists featured within the book, either from seeing them showcased in other art/craft books or from already being a visitor to their own blogs/web pages. I must admit - the vast majority are new to me.

This is unlike any art or craft book I've read before. There is some really lovely art in this book - the various spotlight artists have created self portraits and there are some art pieces created in answer to some of the questions set... but the main focus of the book, for me at least, is on the text. The responses to those questions are very honest, unflinching, a real peek into each artists mind set, personality, dreams... The blurb is not wrong in saying that the questions are provocative - some answers made me smile in recognition of those same feelings within myself, some were so sad in what the artist was revealing. Some were funny, others wistful, nostalgic, positive, negative... some of the answers really rubbed me up the wrong way. What you have to remember is this is personal opinion and in some cases brutally honest. It's an interesting peek into the way artists think and feel. The way they feel towards art - both theirs and others. Even the way they feel about other artists... or people they feel shouldn't be calling themselves artists at all! (Ah - that age old argument!)

A really interesting book - one that I either found myself nodding along with or snorting in annoyance.
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