Book Club – The Trickster’s Hat

26 Aug

This month’s Book Club read was “The Trickster’s Hat” by Nick Bantock. If you don’t know who Nick Bantock is, you should visit this website to find out more. His gift for collage and creativity is amazing. I so enjoy seeing his work and trying to figure out what he might have been thinking while he was creating (because that is entertaining for me). So when I saw this book I knew I needed to read it. I was hoping for a glimpse into how his creativity unfolds.

The Trickster's Hat

The Trickster’s Hat

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book, and was actually expecting to find more of a ‘story’ to unfold. However, it is really mostly a collection of exercises and challenges to encourage you to push the boundaries and expectations of your own art, no matter what form your art takes.

The exercises take different forms – some drawing, some painting, some writing, some collage, some assemblage, etc. Most of them are timed so you can’t over-think the assignment (because you know that a lot of us do that).  Some of them are fairly basic and simple, while others are much more complex and engaging. All of them are quite fun and entertaining!

It is tempting to scan through the exercises and pick and choose the ones that we would like to do, but I challenge you to also do some of the exercises that require a much bigger jump outside of your comfort zone. Or something even more fun might be to just randomly select an exercise without looking at it first. And invite your friends to play with you! That will add an entirely new dimension to the exercises.

Just open your mind to the potential of how your creativity might be able to change and grow. Jump into Nick Bantock’s mischievous world of wonder and art and revel in the possibilities of where your art might take you. 🙂

Next month’s book is “Thinkertoys” by Michael Michalko.


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2 Responses to “Book Club – The Trickster’s Hat”

  1. Lynnita Knoch September 9, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Been having troubles with our internet connection, that’s why I haven’t responded sooner. I couldn’t find this book, so didn’t get a chance to read it. I did checkout his website – his work is fascinating. It looks like a good book to inspire and push oneself. Will check into ordering it. The title for Sept’s book is interesting. Hope I can find this one.


    • Deb Prewitt September 9, 2014 at 11:35 am #

      I hope you can find this book. There are lots of good ideas to get out of your creative rut and stretch yourself. I love his work too.

      The new book is similar in that it has lots of exercises to think outside of the box too, but in a completely different way than the Nick Bantok book. I love seeing different ideas about the same topic. 🙂


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