Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes Paperback – 4 Nov 2010
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About the Author
Keri Smith is a best-selling author, illustrator, and thinker. Her books include Wreck this Journal, This is Not a Book, How to Be an Explorer of the World, Mess, Finish This Book, The Pocket Scavenger, Everything Is Connected, The Imaginary World of . . . as well as Wreck This App, This is Not an App, and the Pocket Scavenger app.
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This book is very similar to Wreck this Journal, as a matter of fact some of the pages are identical, the front of the book is more about general destruction, while the latter parts of the book are more about exploration of textures, materials, different paints, colours, techniques and also tells the user to reference people, places, things etc. There is a lot of general doodling, but usually with some sort of instruction - ie photo of landscape with instructions to draw a storm of some description. I am not looking forward to burying it for 3 days! I must say! I will probably do that when I am done with it.
I love that this book is a bit more educational to artistic techniques, people etc. The beginning of the book speaks about an interview with a Dutch Sailor summing up the work of Bas Jan Ader referencing a piece called "Broken Fall" which shows a man bouncing up and down swinging on a branch over a creek. The sailor references that "moment of transcendence when you leave everything behind and leap into the unknown". I feel this book encapsulates that statement very well. There is a lot of experimentation and tasks that do not have a particularly obvious outcome, and while not dangerous, the book challenges your views on what art or perfection is. I have done a few pages and in describing them verbally it sounds like I am destroying a perfectly good book, but actually when I look at pages there are little bits and pieces on some pages I love, some I hate.Read more ›
One is cover the page in glue and the other dropping any coloured liquid from a rather fun height. Best do some outside though as it can get VERY messy. There are a lot of other activities to do as well.
I have already recommended it to my friends for when they're in a creative slump (and quite a few are!) And they've said they'll look into it. I want the other three now!
Children will love the anarchy of defying conventions as this book encourages, but it's not necessarily a children's book. Frequently an exercise cites the name of an artist or art movement for further research and this opens doors to learn about a world of modern art that we might not otherwise hear of. Add to this a new found freedom that an adult artist might learn from it and you have a book for all ages.
It's great fun trying out the exercises, even if some of them are too off the wall for me I'm having a go in the spirit of challenging my inhibitions.
Some reviewers have said the book would be better if spiral bound but I disagree. Sure it would be tidier that way, but that's not in the spirit of the book. The binding is of good quality so although mine is bulging it is not falling apart. If it does then I already have a plan to spiral bind it myself, by hand, with an untidy Heath-Robinson approach.
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Good book . Kept me busy when I was bored . I would recommend this book for all you adventurous childrenPublished 2 months ago by Bailey
Love it ! Being able to do things your not allowed, brings out the rebel !Published 6 months ago by craftycat
My granddaughter loves this book I know she would recommend itPublished 13 months ago by audrey holland
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