Monday, November 16, 2015

Crow Fancy

Crow Fancy, Mixed-media Textile Collage
 'Crow Fancy' came out of my admiration for Crow's attitude and craftiness. It seems only natural to portray her with a little bling.

Crow Fancy, mixed-media textile collage, detail-a

The body was built up by layering black and purple fabric scraps fastened down by beads, sequins, and embroidery in a variety of stitches and thread weights, including metallic floss.

Crow Fancy, mixed-media textile collage, detail-b
The background is tea-dyed fabric anchored by silver wax rubbed buttons and a self-designed embossed foil ornament.
Crow Fancy, mixed-media textile collage, detail-c

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cabin Fever

Forgive me for trotting out more arrowheads and mountain area topo maps. I got in a groove these past couple of months thinking of what would look cool in my own cabin. (If I wouldn't put it in my own home, I won't make it!) Of course I had to switch it up and bring in weathered wood, rusty bottle caps, and baling wire. (Half the fun is gathering the "supplies". Don't even ask how many bottle caps I've since accumulated.) Also played with thread wrapping twigs to frame off the images and bring in more color. Notice too that on couple of plaques there is a metal hook on the front just big enough to tuck in a flower stem or tie off a rag ribbon.
Lake Arrowhead Plaque #1, mixed-media collage
Lake Arrowhead Plaque #3, mixed-media collage

Lake Arrowhead Plaque #2, mixed-media collage
Lake Arrowhead Plaque #4, mixed-media collage

Monday, October 26, 2015

Two For Joy

Harvest Crow, mixed-media textile collage

Circling around a crow theme here. Happened because I wanted to stamp real oak leaves on layered scraps but also wanted to play with a new variegated perle cotton thread so an organizing principle had to be invented. Hence the doodle bird embroidery. And another page in the art journal.
This isn't over.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Problem Child

Crow Is, mixed-media collage
It usually starts off like this: dithering around with scraps while working on an unfinished something else and then the damn pile takes on a life of its own. Not smoothly mind you. After the first "what if" and the second "let's try", I got annoyed enough to move onto "what the hell".

This time I attacked with a paint brush. Repeatedly. Beads and floss were wielded.
And then the words finally came. And Crow settled in. Nestled in a barnwood frame.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Silly Scary Pump'd Kin

Pump'd Kin, mixed-media artist book
Who says Halloween decorations need to be purple, orange and black? These little handmade 3"x3" books fold out and can be placed anywhere a splash of fun and color is needed. I was inspired by the crazy anticipation of Halloween we all felt as kids. (When November roles around and the candy is gone they can be folded up and kept handy for next year.) Dare I say it - they'd make a cool little hostess gift too.

Pump'd Kin, mixed-media artist book, detail-a

Pump'd Kin, mixed-media artist book, detail-b

Thursday, July 30, 2015

"You Are (Still) Here"

Arrowhead 1956, mixed-media banner

Arrowhead 1996, mixed-media banner
The last two of my Lake Arrowhead souvenir set of four. Of course they were available individually, and of course, I'm now making more - because they've already sold out to local gallery, At The Cabin!  For those not able to make the mountain drive, I will also offer these at my Etsy store, PegasaurusArt.
While these are crafted in honor of my rural town, they're made to fit in anywhere a rustic touch is welcome. Each of the hand-carved stamps are my own design, and the topographical maps are all of this region but of different decades. The banners measure 4x6 exclusive of the beads and hanging loops. The sticks, if you care to know, are from the local lakeshore. And lightly sanded. And stained.

Monday, June 1, 2015

"You Are Here"

Arrowhead 1902, mixed-media banner

Arrowhead 1971, mixed-media banner

Living in a town called Lake Arrowhead can inspire some obvious art. Especially if you want to make local souvenirs for a local gallery, Treasures & 'Tiques. The lake itself is manmade and was named after a nearby landslide in the shape of a ginormous -- you guessed it! That's a good enough excuse for me to design and carve my own arrowhead stamps (there's four total). Additional sleuthing yielded regional maps recorded through the decades, shown here are 1902 and 1971. (Can you spot the big difference?!) These little guys measure 4x6 not including the beads and hanging loops. By the way, the sticks are locally-sourced from the banks of the lake itself.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

(Blue) Egg on Silver Bough, mixed-media collage
With Easter around the corner, the arts & crafts bug has bitten hard. It's open season on The Egg! Who can resist trying their hand on an old favorite? Not me, of course, as long as I can trot out the fabric scraps and scrapbook paper. It was a great excuse too to try out some new silver embroidery floss and silver beads.  Who knew fooling around with needles and exacto knives can have a calming effect.
(Orange) Egg on Silver Bough, mixed-media collage
(Green) Egg on Silver Bough, mixed-media collage

(Red) Egg on Silver Bough, mixed-media collage

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DIY Pinecone

DIY Pinecone, mixed-media collage
I have a fascination for those pictures created from colored paper scraps especially when sourced from magazine images. How dimension and shape are suggested by different colors and their tones is a big challenge for me. And recognizing which ones to use from an entirely different image makes the process tricky but fun. Couple this with a lack of formal drawing instruction and a what-the-heck attitude, here's what I came up with. Yes, it is recognizable (enough).

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Shakespeare Made Me Do It

Seeds Of Love Mixed-Media Artist Book
Inspired by Shakespeare's sonnets about everlasting love (hand-calligraphed in the background) I created this Valentine decoration to mix up tradition (think pink, think hearts) with a little funk - copper mesh, leaf prints, and bead "seeds".  An accordion-fold book, it measures 4" x 4" closed, extending out to approx. 16". It's hard-covered so it'll stand sturdy (for years!) and is decorated on both sides so it can be displayed in the middle of a table as well as on a shelf.

Seeds Of Love Mixed-Media Artist Book
Seeds Of Love Mixed-Media Artist Book

Monday, January 12, 2015

An Angel Among Us

Castoff Angel, assemblage
From humble beginnings...bits and pieces from the streets and a junk fair all came together when an encaustic wax experiment with old newspaper went awry. Would not, could not ditch this lovingly painted sea-foam green scrap nor would my play session end empty-handed. (It was the very last day of 2014 after all!) I pressed into service another experiment (this time photo-printed deli paper) and the rest fell into place with the color yellow calling the shots. I love when a what-the-heck-if-I'm-going-to-throw-it-out-anyways attitude leads to a breakthrough. And a little state of grace.