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The blog of Terry Border.

Last Build Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:57:33 +0000


Bent Objects is finished. This blog is now deceased.

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:43:00 +0000

Please visit my site to see what I'm doing now. I'm still having fun making things.

Of course, who knows, I may change my mind, you know?

Time-Lapse Making of The End of a Relationship

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:12:00 +0000

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I'm lucky enough to have been invited to do an exhibition of my work at the Savina Museum in Seoul, Korea. The museum asked if I could make a few images centered around food or objects special to the Korean people. I made a series of three, and this is one built around instant noodles.
10 hours of work, time-lapsed and edited to 5 minutes.

the smallest of flashes

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:56:00 +0000

To make a good photo sometimes you need just a little bit of a flash.

Another self portrait

Tue, 09 May 2017 21:14:00 +0000


Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:19:00 +0000

A Chance To Win an 11"x14" Signed Print By Doing Something Nice

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:41:00 +0000

First of all- which prints can you win? I'm not gonna tell you. Good ones though.  But I do want to say thanks if you do this, so I want to give you a chance to win something. It'll be a surprise! Woo-hoo!  I will post the winners on Facebook though. Make sure you put your return address on your letter so I know where to send the print if you win, and who knows? I'd love it if John was motivated to write a response to a letter or two. I certainly hope so. He wakes up everyday now to find himself in a nursing home in a shared room. He's feeling lonely and depressed, which is not his usual way of life.His address is:John Nelson115 A8616 W. 10th StreetIndianpolis, IN  46234Somewhere in the letter, tell him you're a friend of mine.Some bullet points about John- He's 99 years old. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, but lived for many years in Florida.When his father lost most of his business in the depression he and his brother went to live with his grandparents on a farm in the country (His grandmother smoked a corn cob pipe.)He had a couple of relatives live to 100, and had it as sort of a goal in our conversations when he was still a young man of 85.He played in Indianapolis burlesque houses (and some road houses) as a saxophone player right out of high school and his early twenties. Being a musician was his first dream.Then had a job setting up talent contests in different town every week for a radio show in Chicago. The locals would invite him to dinner, thinking he never got a home cooked meal and inevitably cook him fried chicken. He says he never was so sick of fried chicken.One story I remember of that time was when he was driving a local girl home from a dance and the local boys didn't appreciate it. As the car moved down the road he saw one of his own wheels roll on down the road ahead of them. Some of the guys had loosened the wheel's lug nuts.He and a partner started one of the first packaged foods companies to stock grocery stores. He has 4 children, but only one lives in town, the rest are sprinkled around the country.He fought in Europe during World War 2. He helped to liberate one of the concentration camps. After the war his was the first group to return to France from combat, and they set up the cigarette camps. Then they had to be Military Police much to his displeasure. The stories he's told me aren't mine to tell, but suffice it to say there are many.He worked in some capacity for the Indianapolis 500 for many years. He'd often have friendly debates with the local expert on the history of the race, because he was old enough to have actually SEEN many of the races that the expert had only read about. ha!He's a heckuva good guy. I can't remember him saying bad things about anyone, and probably the most progressive 99 year old dude you would ever meet. [...]

Peanuts Jumping

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:00:00 +0000

A spread from my board book "Peanut Butter's Yummy Numbers." Not only does it familiarize wee ones with numbers, but also the dangers about jumping on slices of bread. Teach them before it's too late!

Just a tiny tractor

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000

A new series- Whisker Figures

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000

There are six images in the series (including one semi-non-safe for work, but good for over age 15 if you ask me!) Link

Don't throw away your candy.

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000

People wonder about the title of my first book.

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:39:00 +0000

My first book, published in 2014, is called Peanut Butter & Cupcake! If you've read it, you know that cupcake doesn't play a huge part in it, so I'm often asked why Cupcake is in the title.  Well, here's a video reply I sent last week to a librarian. I struggle to explain it, but I think I succeed in the end. :)

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Used to be my favorite color.

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 21:52:00 +0000

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Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:31:00 +0000


"Happy Birthday, Cupcake!" is on sale starting today!

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:12:00 +0000

Here are the hats I made for a certain part of the book!

This is it! Available at fine bookstores now!

Who doesn't need a miniature pencil?

Tue, 26 May 2015 18:33:00 +0000

You're welcome.

Milky Monday

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:47:00 +0000

My latest book's first review and cupcakes. :)

Thu, 09 Apr 2015 18:43:00 +0000

My latest children's book comes out July 7 of this year, and it just got it's first review from Kirkus Reviews (who can be tough cookies sometimes). Anyway, it was a pretty good one, 
besides the last half of the last line (about parents cringing at junk food). 
They said pretty much that same darn thing last time!

So I sent them a thank you note, inside a box with 2 dozen gourmet cupcakes-

                                      Thanks for reviewing my book.

            Terry Border

                                                                p.s. Don't let your parents see you eating these.

Some bad work. I've fallen short many times.

Thu, 19 Feb 2015 00:35:00 +0000

Rarely does an artist point out their stinkers, for lots of mostly good reasons, but I decided to do just that anyway. Maybe this post will make up just a little bit for my self-promotional postings, especially on Twitter! I also have enough self-loathing that I really need to do this to feel honest about myself and my work. I do try to be honest with you, dear blog visitor. There are many of my images that fall short of perfection, but what I did was a simple image search using my name and I chose from what came up. Along with each image, I'll add a short critique. After I got a contract from a greeting card company, I needed to make some new things for them to possibly use. Here's one of those. I called it "Come over for a drink?" "Cute" would be a good word for it, and I really dislike that word and most of what it means.I cannot stand this one. One thing is the lighting is bad, and another is the "story" is weak. I meant it to be a bit naughty, maybe, but it's embarrassingly boring. This has no credit on it, and I thought about putting one on before posting it, but I don't really care. Every so often I experiment with little people like this, even though there are many out there much better at it than I. My original idea here was the myth that Inuit's used to put their old and dying out on the ice when the person couldn't contribute anymore. How is the viewer supposed to know that is my thought process? It doesn't really come through. Bad.What the heck is supposed to be going on here? I guess they're wondering where the guy on the left was when the candles were doing their thing on the cake.  There was a time when I felt some pressure to post a couple of times a week on this blog, and I mistakenly put out stuff like this. Here's one when I was trying to be philosophical, which is rarely a good idea. I guess I'm also trying to pull on heart strings but it hasn't aged well for me at all. So there you have it. I challenged myself to point out some of my weak work and I've done it. Who knows? Maybe this post will help other people who have the same problems. [...]

Artists just want a little love, that's all.

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 02:43:00 +0000

A week or so ago, George Takei posted my "Ice Cube Dreams" image on his social network pages. My last count of likes of it on his Facebook page was over 37,000 likes and 7000 shares. Usually, my images have my name on them, but sometimes people crop it off (really!), and a few other times sites like The London Telegraph ask for no credits be included (a mistake I will not repeat). This was one of those credit-less images. So George gets to be patted on the back for making people's afternoon, his brand is shared and awareness of his existence is raised, and I get to remain anonymous (not a new feeling, but it still sucks).     I LOVE FOR MY WORK TO BE SHARED! When people share my work and spread my name out there, I get hired to make images and to make books! I owe my career to the internet!  All I ask for is a reverse image search, like, if there are no credits to do the right thing and give credit where credit is due. Just a little love is what I'm asking for.If Uncle Joe in Boise shares my work without credit do I stamp my feet? Not really. He's probably not using the internet to sell his brand and make money. If he did go out of his way to credit me, there is a special place in internet heaven for him, but I save my righteous indignation for the heavy hitters making dollar bills.     Some people (otherwise known as giant morons  blithering idiots) think I should be just happy to have my work shared on the web, but I actually make a living with this stuff. Do I think George is a bad guy? No, just careless and lazy (OH MY!)And here's the image I'm talking about. It was included in a very popular London Telegraph story that helped spread the word about me, but thousands of credit-less copies have been floating around ever since. Luckily for me, most large sites do the right thing and link to me or give me a mention. End Of Rant. [...]

Our Steady Breakfast

Fri, 09 Jan 2015 18:06:00 +0000

Could North Korea could help me with a movie deal?

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:41:00 +0000

Now that North Korea's hackers seem to be in charge of Hollywood, I'm hoping they will make Sony totally learn their lesson by making a movie version my book? 
 I'm ready and waiting to negotiate the film rights. 

another possibility-

But REMEMBER- until the movie is made, there's only one good way to
see how the story ends, and that's to buy the book!