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.

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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".

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Seriously

Saint Phocas, mixed media collage

A good person can really piss off bad people. Doubt I have much to worry about. Apparently Saint Phocas did but wasn't phased that he was a thorn in the side of the Emperor Diocletian what with aiding persecuted Christians. He even offered his legendary hospitality to the Roman soldiers sent to kill him although they didn't realize who he was at the time. (About 303 A.D.) When they learned his identity they were ready to lie to the boss. But Saint Phocas insisted, at peace with who he was (a Golden Rule practicing Christian) whatever the consequences - and he certainly wasn't going to risk these soldiers' job security. So yes he did take his creed seriously but not himself. (Reference: gallows humor)

Saint Phocas, mixed media collage, detail-d

This subject became rather than arrived fully fledged. Ironically it began as monkeying around with a creepy clown picture from a AAA Roadways magazine. Wasn't working so as I kept noodling with the paint, this somber visage appeared. Not scary, not sad necessarily. It needed counterbalancing - yellow flowers of course. It also needed an identity. With those stitched arches reminding me of halo's, I turned to the internet for a little 'saintly' research.

Saint Phocas, mixed media collage, detail-b

Saint Phocas is my man. He's a patron saint of hospitality and gardening. And as he was happening just before the rise of Emperor Constantine he does have that rather stern visage of Byzantine iconography. The pieces fell into place and now, a quiet little piece on living purposefully.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Of Knots & Loose Ends

Knots & Loose Ends, mixed media collage

An inevitable tension we've all experienced - feeling in knots, at loose ends. Do we mull it over more or act; how do we protect ourselves while revealing vulnerabilities.

Was not thinking these thoughts as I was creating this! Often a piece is made to explore combinations of materials - I like this and I like that - how can I put them together in an interesting way.

Knots & Loose Ends, mixed media collage, detail-1


I love to stitch. It's touchable mark-making. That's my excuse to bliss out and get lost in a rhythmic poke and pull. And then I have a souvenir full of color and texture.

But it's supposed to mean something, right? or at least have a point of departure for wondering minds. I like that last part - I don't want to play 'Gotcha' where the viewer either "gets it" like an in-joke or not. My intention is more a nudge or a spark for one to explore their own imagination.

Here it occurred to me that there's some tension and energy amongst the threads - some dangling loose, others tightly coiled, and still others just trying to cover ground. Much like our thoughts.

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