Library Card Project: Grover Sterling

Library Card Project: Grover Sterling

In December the ACC put out a call for creative use artists willing to participate in a little challenge: make something out of a supply of biobliographical cards that our library was purging from the card catalog. We expected a few brave folks to volunteer, but the response was incredible. We loved all the proposals so much that the challenge evolved into the Library Card Project, and we sent out cards to as many people as we could - more than a dozen folks from coast to coast, and we'll be sharing the results over the coming months as the finished projects roll in. We've asked each artist to submit photos and participate in an interview akin to our Five Questions series.

First up is this upcycled lamp by photographer and lamp artist Grover Sterling, who said, "As a photographer I had to make everything from cars to product look beautiful with light, I now incorporate this experience with lighting into all of the lamps I make." Here's a little insight into his process and the finished piece.

What do you make?
I make crazy/unique lamps from a variety of old metal objects, focusing on quality of light.

Why did you want to participate in the Library Card Project? 
I thought it to be a lofty challenge and an interesting concept, especially for making a lamp. I tend to do my best work under pressure, and it was a great way to exercise the creative part of my brain.

How did you use the library cards?
I used them to baffle and diffuse the light bulb while showcasing the cards. They throw a beautiful, soft pattern of light onto the wall and tone down the brightness of the bulb.

Where do you get your inspiration?
On this particular project I used my memory of the library I went to as a child. Everything in it was atomic/industrial, as were the reading lamps. The inspiration of the shape came from a Lava Lamp.

What is your favorite/most read art, craft, or design book?
American Craft magazine

View more Library Card Project entries. Five Questions is a brief Q&A about books and craft, with people who love and use the American Craft Council Library.