Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Skeletal Leaves!

Walking lakeside in the relative coolness of a summer morning I came upon a treasure trove of skeletal leaves. Hundreds of them. They had been feasted upon by bug larvae as more than a few still had little black beads on them. I collected about 75. You know, they sell these things on the internet somewhere. I'm having visions of image transfers on cloth perhaps with stitched embellishment or translating an extreme closeup of the veining to a carved stamp. And then of course, just using the actual leaves themselves in collage. Thank you, Art Gods & Goddesses!


Friday, August 3, 2012

Back In The Swing

It's been ages since I've added a new post - been busy making art, exploring some new ideas and techniques, and developing 'old' ones. The most obvious new territory for me is bookmaking - there are infinite possiblities in combining form and content and presenting them over time, that is, one is engaged temporally from page to page. As well, a book is intimate; it is usually held or is at least proximate to the reader/viewer. However, a couple of my books can be displayed already opened and seem to derive a greater impact from the images being viewed simultaneously. see below
Bead Arithmetic - shout-out to the Chinese for their beautiful folk art paper cuts used here

























Cut Loose - playing on the idea of these dock 'thingies' to which ships and boats will be roped

































Here is another type of mixed-media book which is primarily fabric. It's meaning is better understood through page by page contemplation: Women's changing/unchanging roles during the rise of industrialization.
Tin Ceiling, detail


























Meanwhile I have also done several more encaustic mixed-media collage pieces. The layering is the thing for me although it can be easily obscured.

Bachelorette


I Hide Here




























But wait, there's more! These are also mixed-media collages, two of which inadvertently seem to form a set because they both share sheet music.

Ruch 25
Cantilene Nuptiale
Early Winter