On the Cover | Aug. 23, 2012

learn about this issue's cover art by Katie A. Shadick

“Pistol Packin’ Flapper” by Katie A. Shadick
free-hand cut paper collage, 7”x11” 2010

“I love the style of the illustration and felt it reminiscent of the eras of Annie Oakley, the flapper, and the C.C.C. put in a blender. By using papers varying in color, texture, and opacity free hand cuts were made using an x-acto. In turn, the cut edges created additional shadowing, a sense of motion and a greater depth of field within the composition. All in all, I was feeding my curiosity and having fun with x-actos, paper, and shadows. I attended K.C.A.I. and majored in sculpture. Yet, I consider myself predominantly self-taught, with the help of beloved mentors and friends who have guided and inspired along the way. I am a stickler for detail, quality of craft, and being true to the nature of the medium and thus my own. Last year, I moved back to the area after being the caretaker of 5 years for my family’s homestead farm (est. 1853) in Richland Cty.” – The Artist

What we were thinking: "Spotted at last year's Art Crawl, this nostalgic illustration of a flapper fixed atop hand cut paper shapes caught our eye and knew if it grabbed our attention, it certainly would do the same for our readers'. The actual interpretation is quite open and relatively vague, but the use of different cut-outs of paper that create texture and depth make this piece stand out from our typical cover artwork. The way the composition is laid out allows for ample room to easily insert the masthead and blurbs." – V1 Designer Josh Smeltzer

Volume One finds its cover art in a number of ways, from local art shows to random emails to knowing someone who knows someone who knows a great artist. The art always originates from a current or former Chippewa Valley resident. If you'd like to submit cover art, send us a letter.

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