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GRANJON FLEURONS
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MY ADVENTURE
Sinebrychoffin taidemuseo

THESE COLOURS are atypical for my work even though I rather like pallescent tones and hues. Standing back they embody the composition with an ever so 'slight third dimensionality' in an otherwise 'planographic technique'.

For this exercise if you peruse the ink of the Granjon Fleurons, (green and gray hue) you will see they are not mathematically reflective. Or not what you would expect in symmetry. I was thinking about that. I have never played with ink to effectually shadow.

Anyway I remembered in the middle of the night my trip to the Sinebrychoffin taidemuseo. The irony just kills me, it really does. Here I am in Finland going to 'The Museum of Foreign Art'.

The museum is a huge beer baron's mansion smack dab down in the heart of old Helsinki. That day the entrance had consumed a generous helping of natural light that oozed into every crack of its' splendour. The staircase and all, appointed as mansions of such ilk are, with marble treads and an extraordinary handrail gave me a sudden impulse to jump on it and wind my way down to the bottom of the stairwell. Then I remembered dear ol' grand dad.

When I slid down the bannister of his mansion he became so lathered his glass eye popped from its' socket. It took several eternities of listening to it roll, spin and tumble to what must have been a secret glass-eye-hiding place. I simply loathed looking for his glass eye, worrying if it was broken, even worse, finding it.

So that very thought prevented me. Otherwise I would have misbehaved. Really I would have. Nothing like a good upbringing I always say. But I am not writing about child rearing and all.

I am writing about the wallpaper, not your usual run-of-the-mill wallpaper, but rather about the stencilled wallpaper in the entrance of the museum. It were as though the entrance was a mere stage prop. The wallpaper faked the panels and structure from pillar-to-post, everything was covered with curly q's and do-dad's. The artist had also played with colour to effectually shadow. No one seemed to notice except for me. Anyone that noticed me, noticing it, probably thought I was just glamourizing on a budget. But I thought it was like having a night out at the theatre.

I caught some of that feeling in this piece. And yes, the birds are looking at you!

GERALD GIAMPA
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Gerald Giampa, Fleuron Master
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GRANJON FLEURONS were the shrewdest typographical investment I ever made. Yes, I know, they have been called 'the printers playground'. But that is a secret. Certainly we are not going to get into that . . are we now? This is serious business. I spent my life working with these typographical ornaments, not the ones with the sea shell forms. Those were more recently designed by myself. If I could patent the sea shell design would I be rich or what? I'd get a sea full of royalties or the little suckers would be shopping for sweaters.

But don't miss my point. Ornaments are everywhere, believe me, it's a conspiracy?

Even bi-valves have them!

And they are coming to a theatre near you.

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