Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ooh La La!

Grapes Sewn mixed media collage
An  homage to French wine...featuring a free-motion sewn and painted portrait of grapes collaged on a 1912 partial map of France. I highlighted the Rhine River with beads, layered a coordinating strip of rust colored satin and added more machine stitching. Cheers!

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Bloom from Dream Flowers collage series
First in my new collage series, Dream Flowers. Three more planned. I'm delighted with this casual combination of papercutting and free-motion sewing on text and scrapbook papers. Hard to see but that's fringed mint poly as final "framing" layer which sets off the colors nicely.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lively Conversation

Purple and orange, paint and netting, sanded and shiny - all these talking at once! I was playing around in my art journal experimenting with this technique of contrasting colors, patterns, and textures, and it remains one of my favorites. That's the soul of collage for me - juxtaposing different elements to see what kind of conversation it'll spark. This particular page though would make a great background for handwritten or printed text. If you - yes, you - have a suggestion of what you'd like to see, I'm open. I'm always on the lookout for a good quote and am thinking of showcasing them on handcrafted backgrounds like these to put in a small folding book. You'd get tons of my appreciation and a coupon for a 10% off in my Etsy store,

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Santiago Rocks!

Public art in Santiago, Chile - detail
What language barrier? Public art in South America is so vibrant and inspiring that anyone can "read" it. This art journal page is an elaborate frame for one of many pictures I took of a construction wall mural in Santiago, Chile. What a crazy atmosphere that must've been creating it- imagine all these toys, paints and well, goop flying fast and furious. Would've loved to have met all these energized arists. This urgent, playful style is challenging me!