Thursday, April 18, 2019

People & Interviews

Interviews with artists, authors and #PeopleOfPaperblanks.

Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionist painters. The near spiritual excitement of his swirling brushwork, contoured forms and intense colour has had a powerful influence on the development of modern painting. Van...
"I appreciate the philosophy put into the craft and the making of each book. There really is a spiritual consideration put into the designs and a respect for the book as object of art."
William Morris (1834–1896) was one of the most celebrated practitioners of the Arts and Crafts Movement. He embraced the ideal of craftspeople taking pride in their personal handiwork, as opposed to the dehumanising onslaught of the Industrial Revolution. In...
"I believe true success is achieved by making something that you can be really proud of, and that is hard if you choose to follow the dreams or guidelines of others."
Michelangelo Buonarroti’s (1475–1564) adolescent mind was an incessant battlefield. The opposing forces of religious faith and pagan beauty warred across his consciousness. They also helped spur him to create a pantheon of artistic masterpieces. Considered one of the masters...
"I enjoy looking up to people who do things differently or go a long way in their art."
"Personalising my journal in my own one-of-a-kind way is so much fun."
Though frail of body, Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), the greatest musician of the Romantic period, possessed an unrivaled creative strength. The composer and piano virtuoso was a child prodigy who did not survive to see his fortieth birthday. Rarely has...
"If you love something, chase it, even if people tell you it's not valid or you might not be good at it. The only way you'll ever know is to give it a try."
Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), the sixteenth president of the United States, embodied the possibilities of young America. Born in 1809 to uneducated parents in a one-room farmhouse, Lincoln rose from his humble origins to capture the top office in the...

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