Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jarron Con Gato

Jarron Con Gato, textile collage

Still Life - every artist has at least one in their ouevre. No home should be without.  And since painters needn't have all the fun - here's my sewn tableau.

Jarron Con Gato, textile collage, detail-a

No deep symbolism here.  More like guilt, pure and simple as the inspiration struck while trying to sneak some new unnecessary fabric into an overflowing stash. (The lovely patterned blue used for the vase/jarron.) I had been wanting to play with stitching figures & objects onto overlapping fabric patches versus adding them separately as in applique. I could then use embroidery - and beads, and buttons of course -  to texturize and hopefully pull together the different elements.


Jarron Con Gato, textile collage, detail-c

Am pleased with my rudimentary efforts and look forward to more exploring of the techniques here. It's downright fun to audition different types of fabric - wovens, sheers, calicos - and play with different threads and stitching styles - thick, thin, machine, hand - and then dive into the touchy-feely realm of beads and buttons.

The collage measures 8" x 10" so it fits into a standard frame but I've also included a removable dowel inside a handing sleeve on the back so it can hang directly on the wall.

Now available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/545861731/folk-art-still-life-vase-with-cat-mixed?ref=shop_home_feat_4

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunny Mum!

Sunny Mum!, textile collage

Went all out when I happened upon a plastic chrysanthemum on the roadside. Would this work for "nature printing"? Well, kinda'. Using yellow acrylic paint and pressing it onto fabric and also onto paper did make a halo of marks - bright, blobby ones, just not very identifiable. So I pencil sketched the petal pattern as a guide for free-motion machine stitching. I have to say I really like this loose sketchy style. It's me; I'm sketchy.

Sunny Mum!, textile collage, detail-a

To carry on this casual look, especially as this print was done on a tea-stained muslin scrap, I layered it on top of coffee-stained yellow fabric squares (they began eye-squintingly bright). Similarly I weathered the blue plaid fabric - a little walnut stain, a little 120 grit. But the embroidery floss and cotton perles maintained their original hues.

Sunny Mum!, textile collage, detail-b

As this is roughly 8'1/2" x 8-1/2", it could technically be framed in a standard square frame but I felt it would display quite well hanging from a stick, a painted and sanded stick. It carries on that rustic flavor.

This is now available in my Etsy shop: https//:etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Mod About You

Mod Mad, mixed media artists book, detail-a

For all its sleekness, Mid-Century Modern lends itself well to folk art. I love all those imaginative patterns -- no getting hung up on the strictly figurative. Asymmetry and uneven shapes are perfectly acceptable company to keep.

So I drew up my own shapes (and stamps, see below) and cut them out of decorative printed paper. For the graphic line work I used stitch in heavier embroidery thread. My canvas was lightly paint scraped dictionary pages (coincidentally Swedish! a nod to the Scandinavian influence) layered on bright synthetic fabric. Buttons were sewn on to tie them together - and to delight all those touchy-feely types.

Mod Mad, mixed media artists book, detail-c

The size is 6" x 8" closed, and 24" wide when fully stretched. The covers are chipboard sheathed in cream and brown polka dot fabric. Nice and sturdy too so the book can be displayed upright.

Mod Mad, mixed media artists book, detail-e
I must say I am quite tickled about the stamps I made. It tells me I need to really explore this avenue further.

This is now available in my Etsy shop: https://etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt













Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Dog's Lunch

A Dog's Lunch Journal, 3rd edition

They're back! The third edition of my funky-ass mixed media journals are here. I call them A Dog's Lunch because they are collection of curated and distressed papers randomly arranged (like our brains) and sprinkled throughout with a variety of envelopes and...original collages by yours truly.

I say this is the third edition because I prepare them in limited quantities - four - plus, they are roughly organized around a theme - in this case, butterflies. I make what I would want to have as an artist: so some truly blank, blank pages (creamy smooth bond) and a bunch of other treated sheets that bypass the intimidating sea of white.

A Dog's Lunch Journal, page detail -a

Techniques include laminating with tissue and deli papers (and light sanding to knock back too much texture), painting with gesso and/or acrylic washes, and embellishing with fancy corner and edge paper punches, stamps (butterflies), and paper cut-outs (yup, butterflies). Pages of uneven heights are gleaned from junk mail and vintage books - Swedish dictionary, opera synopses, encyclopedic compendium, and snipped from maps - National Geographic, topographic fishing, road atlas.

There're a few envelopes in different sizes, even a flamboyant Chinese New Year gift envelope. And to corral even more loose stuff there are several taffeta covered double-sided pockets.

A Dog's Lunch Journal, page detail -b

Three original butterfly-themed collages are included because no book is fun without pictures.

The journals are 6" x 8" not including the O-wire binding. There are 116 "blank" pages. Now available in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt

Monday, May 8, 2017

Delicate Yet Tenacious

A Middle Of Somewhere, mixed media textile collage, detail-a

A camping trip to Joshua Tree inspired this art journal page. Because of heavy winter rains, the desert was fabulously a-bloom. I was fascinated by even this tiny, tiny guy barely peeking out of the gravel of our campsite. So fresh despite the pounding sun and whipping winds.

I had it firmly in mind to contrast the delicate pink with the grains of decomposing monzograntite. And I had to incorporate the rusty bottle cap found just a few feet away. Rusty anything seems to pique my attention and it naturally (to me at least) suggested the sun. Once home the teabag and the denim fell into place as did a square from the much folded and re-folded park map.

The numbers are the GPS coordinates. Because while space may seem to go on and on, I stood happily anchored at that spot. This was not Nowhere.

A Middle of Somewhere, mixed media textile collage

Years ago the Western deserts cast a spell on and claimed me for their own. Apparently I'm in good company recognizing their seemingly spare but intense beauty. This experimental fabric piece is a souvenir of some delightful emotion.

As always, I invite you to browse around the Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt

Monday, April 24, 2017

Set Your Intention

Prayer Flag Ornaments, mixed media collage

As a fan of writing out goals, of chanting personal affirmations, of whispering to stars in the night sky I took to the idea of prayer flags as another way to "set my intention" and invite the energy and guidance I need to help bring it about. Not to say that our endeavors can be boiled down to just wishing hard enough, but first a seed's gotta be planted, right?

Prayer Flag Ornaments, mixed media collage, detail-1

These 2" x 3" pockets have a slit in the back so little notes, Chinese fortunes, coins and such can be tucked inside. Friendly talismanic elements - buttons, beads, butterflies, glitter, fabric scraps, and Mexican loteria cards - have been attached to create a cocoon of positive energy. My fellow Airy Fairies, I hope it won't seem too silly but I meditated over each and every one with sincere goodwill - blessing - from my heart to yours.

Prayer Flag Ornament, mixed media collage, detail-2

I made several dozen because they're addictive - positive vibes will do that. No two are alike though. They are available in my Etsy shop: etsy.com/shop/PegasaurusArt

Believing is Seeing.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Transpiration

Transpiration, mixed media artists book

About eight years or so ago I made this print from a giant leaf I found where I was living in Guadalajara. There were thousands of them really. But then what? The damn thing is a 12" x 18" sheet of (acid free!) manila construction paper. And so it waited ever so patiently because I knew eventually just the right inspiration would strike. It did once I stumbled into the world of bookmaking. This is an example of an "oxbow" binding - basically folded in half lengthwise then into fourths the other way with a slit in the middle two "pages" so it pops open and stays upright.

Transpiration, mixed media artitsts book, detail-b

How to augment those lovely networks of veining without disguising them. With embroidery floss of course. In different shades of rust, burnt orange, and tan - because that's what I like and it went well with the creamy yellow cast of the paper. I had a very firm vision of the teal and aqua french knots snuggling up to leaf's edge as it provides a delightful contrast in color and texture.

Transpiration, mixed media artists book, detail-a

As blue often suggests water it made sense to call this Transpiration- "the process where plants absorb water through the roots and then give off water vapor through pores in their leaves".

Will be listed in my shop. Stop for a visit at:
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