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Collections

Experimenting with Materials

On January 1st of every year, for the last 5 years, I take an online visual journaling class.  It kicks off my year with something new and focus my attention because I’m usually forced to try new materials.   I don’t offer these for sale because they’re about me learning something new.  AND, I harvest other’s images, knowing that I won’t sell these.  Here are some of the books in my collection:

Mask Book Cover

Flower Song Book Cover

Alligator Diva Cover

The Duchesse – Cover & Drawers

Junk Mail Book

What I Wear – clothing tag book

Metal Book Cover

“Create” Book Cover – Background art on the cover is by Camille Rose Garcia “The Saddest Place on Earth” – a publication of her work.  

“Fun” Book Cover – Background art on the cover is by Camille Rose Garcia “The Saddest Place on Earth” – a publication of her work.

Cirque, Hedda and Ronald 2016

When I start a paper clay bust, I let the process move organically.  My only intention before I started these 3 was “eccentric”.  They all have pine cone caps as head dresses and now I’m addicted to pine cone caps.  Seriously addicted.  They are textural, quirky, organic and whimsical.

These 3 happened at the same time.  I shifted back and forth between them as they were drying and taking form.  I love their eccentricities, out there in the open for all to see.

 

Cirque, 2016

Cirque, 2016

Hedda, 2016

Hedda, 2016

Ronald, Paper Clay, 2016

Ronald, Paper Clay, 2016

Bitsy, 2016

A friend gave me a mink remnant that she found in a bag of goodies and I immediately thought of a socialite from the 1950’s.   I have a book of photographs entitled “Reflections of a Man, The Photographs of Stanley Marcus” (of Neiman Marcus fame).  I have a life long fascination with fashion and a darling friend gave me this book as inspiration and eye candy.  Ms. Bitsy would fit directly into the pages of the book.

Bitsy, 2016

Bitsy, 2016

Heart Centered, 2016

This started with a gift of an old croquette set.  The balls are ideal for heads, so I challenged myself to make a face and go from there.  I have been collecting acorn caps on my walk and one of them seemed perfectly suited for this sculpture.

The arms are fabric from an old pair of pjs, and I painted them to highlight their stripes in keeping with the “old croquette set” feel.

 

Heart Centered, 2016

Heart Centered, 2016

Family Portrait

I found an old box with scribbling inside.  I immediately thought of a little kid and the treasures that must have been kept inside.  So, I decided to channel one of my favorite artists, Cecile Perra, and make a kid-like family portrait.

The metal tags are vintage French plant markers on which I painted little characters.  I made the soft doll out of simple cotton fabric and paint, adding pencil lines for the face.

Although this is not entirely like other work that I’ve done, my fascination with dolls had to come out in this piece.

 

Family Portrait, 2016

Family Portrait, 2016