Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Idea: Bookcover assemblages

Welcome everyone!
This year I have resolved to use more of the materials that I, as a found object collage and assemblage artist hoard on a regular basis-I just can't help it!
One of the items that I love to pick up for almost nothing at garage sales, and flea markets are vintage books.  Now I am not talking about vintage first editions or antique books in perfect shape-I am talking about books that are falling apart or are almost non readable and would otherwise be thrown away. I usually pull the books apart and use the pages as collage backgrounds and collect the covers because I just can't stand to throw away any material that might be of use in a future project or class.
So what do you do with all those book covers?
I have recently started to use them as bases for assemblage.  They are sturdy and can support the weight of a light assemblage and often have beautiful designs that can be incorporated into your art.  Above you can see one of the latest assemblages that I have created doing exactly that.  In the middle of the piece is a beautiful book cover I collected last year-it has an Arts and Crafts flower design in Black and red.  This design  reminded me of the garden of talking flowers in Alice in Wonderland(don't ask me why).  So standing in the middle of the flower design I placed an antique doll dressed as Alice. To mirror the Alice assemblage I collaged a photo of a woman standing in a rose garden above it and surrounded it with paper flowers and leaves and berries. This little collage very effectively hide the book title-which I did not want in the assemblage.  I also thought this collage/assemblage needed a little more color so I attached it to another plain yet rough textured book cover in red with heavy gel medium-making the entire piece a little more substantial.  On top of the red book cover surrounding the middle Alice assemblage I collaged a design I cut out of a sheet of music. Someone valued this piece of music so much that they tried to tape it back together just like I might have.  I loved this sentiment so I left the tape there and incorporated it into my design. I added 3 white mother of pearl buttons to balance the design and the white color in the antique doll. I punched two holes in the red bookcover and added vintage ribbon and buttons so that this piece could be hung on a wall.   On the back of this assemblage I added hand made paper in red and black with a quote from Alice that reads: 
"Never mind"!  Alice said in a soothing tone, and stooping down to the daisies, who were just beginning again, she whispered, " If you don't hold your tongues, I'll pick you!" There was silence in a moment, and several of the pink daisies turned white. "

Here's a close up of this piece:

In the end I was happy with this piece and thought it might be a great addition to a childs bedroom or a nice art piece for an Alice lover.  It was a fun project to create and I was very happy I could find a use for all those "hoarded "vintage materials. And the good thing is that I only used one side of that great flower bookcover!
hummm... now what to do with the other cover?....

Friday, May 9, 2014

Its a Pop Up!

Hello Everyone!

This weekend I will  be selling some of my latest creations (you can see some of them below) this weekend for a CoCa POP UP Open studio.  What's a Pop Up you ask?  Its a very informal art sale that we offer from time to time with very little fuss or bother. This is the perfect opportunity to buy a mother's day gift if you still need one or just to take Mom out for lunch and art.

This Saturday and Sunday I will be selling with fabulous fiber artist Patt Sheldon.  We will be at 238
Palma Street in El Granada from 11:00 to 4:00.  For those of you that used to frequent Luna's Memories Patt's studio is right up the street.

You can click on the flyer above to get a close up of all the participating artists and their addresses.

Why not make it a day and check them all out?!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Gathering of Women Artists

Welcome everyone!  Here's a small preview of some of my latest creations being offered for sale at the Gathering of Women Artists.
Assemblage: Mother's Love

Textural Collage: Madonna of the Flowers

Mini Altered Board Books

Antique book cover assemblages

A few vintage ornaments to celebrate Mothers Day

Hey it wouldn't be my art without a skeleton or two!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Gathering of Women Artists

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Yes I know that I haven't blogged for awhile.  Wireless connectivity issues had made blogging almost impossible for the past few month. Now that my problems are not solved but better I should be able to post more often.
As you can see from the flyer above,  this Saturday( May 3rd )is The Gathering of Women Artists.
Click on the picture above to see a larger version of the flyer .  This is a small but fun local art sale that I am always honored to be part of.  All the women involved are all local artists offering a huge variety of handmade items at very modest prices.
There will be treats and tea offered while you peruse our newest creations. You will find great gifts for Mothers day as well.
The Sale starts at 10am to 4pm at  565 Fifth Street, Montara, Ca.
See you Saturday!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Good Morning!  Good Morning ! 

Why am I so chipper this morning you ask?

Because this weekend is the wonderful CoCa( or Colony of Coastside Artists) Open Studios event here on the mid coast.    This year 21 artists in 12 different studios will be participating.  This is your chance to talk to the artists about their work and buy directly from each one. Maybe you will even find out why there is an eye in one of my spoons!   There will be painting, jewelry, glass, fiber arts, ceramics, photography and some very unique Mixed Media.

I will be selling my work at Laura McHugh’s studio at 285 Poplar St., Half Moon Bay with several other Mixed media Artists selling their wild and wonderful creations. Please open the attachment above for a map of all the studio locations.  You will also be able to pick up a map at any of the studios as well.

Oh did I mention treats?  Yes -each studio will have a variety of food and drink so you can spend the day eating, drinking and perusing the art in 12 different locations from Half Moon Bay to Montara.

It promises to be a wonderful weekend!

See you at Open Studios!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Gathering of Woman Artists

Dear Friends,
You are invited to our event is this Saturday from 10-4...just look at the amazing list of beautiful women artists that will be here.
Bring a friend or two and come for tea and shopping for the holidays!
Would love to see you

Gathering  of Women Artists
                 Featuring works by:

Tracey Walsh   Stunning still photography & greeting cards
Chris Pritchard   Unique handcrafted jewelry & goddess adornments
Niki Pritchard~ Bell    Eccentric jewelry made to support her travels
Connie Mc Clintock    Creatively repurposed charm bracelets
Kathleen Smith   Fantasy enchanted art& hand painted pillows and bags
Karin Rankin  Lovingly handcrafted knit scarves, accessories, and jams
Wendy Rotchstein  Spectacularly detailed quilled ornaments and arts
Patt Sheldon  Knitted, felted & hand woven clothing and accoutrements
Deanna Adams   Shining coast- inspired sunlight catchers
Connie Andrews   Textural collage and found art assemblage pieces
Cyndi Burkey   Embellished glass hearts, plates, bowls, platters & more
Diane Centoni    Practical and sublime handmade pottery

Saturday, November 16 th , 2013
565  Fifth Street,  Montara   (at Le Conte)

Call 728-7848 or 728-3950 for more information

Tea and snacks will be served. Bring friends and shop for the holidays!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Time for the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival!

Welcome Everyone!
I am back from my Petaluma excursion and would like to take this moment to thank Sallyanne and Ellen for allowing outside artists like myself to participate in the Art-is-You Vendor night.  It was a fun and exciting event and it was so nice to be near an art retreat again.  I met many other artists from the area including one group from Benicia.  I also got requests for classes from many of the students that attended the retreat-sorry guys I'm gonna just be an artist for awhile.
If you have never attended an art retreat I highly recommend it. At an art retreat you experience a total immersion that pushes your art forward.  It gives you the opportunity to give yourself permission to create art that you would never have thought to create before.  You also meet tons of really nice people and get to experience art taught by nationally know instructors.  Plus its just a blast!
So why has it taken me so long to post?!   Because as soon as I got back I started making items for Pumpkin Festival.
Yes this weekend is the Pumpkin Festival in downtown Half Moon Bay.  This is a huge event and most of the coast participates in some fashion.  Most of the proceeds for the food and event booths go to benefit students and the many charitable organizations here on the coast .  Also on Sunday -don't miss the "Made on the Coast" portion of the  festival. "Made on the Coast "features only local art and artists and was a great success last year. 
If you intend to come to the festival this year, I suggest you come early and leave early otherwise you will be stuck in the massive amount of traffic on Highway 92.  Promptly at 7:00 am you can eat all the Pumpkin pancake breakfast(my favorite) you want at MacDutra Park- Yum!   The proceeds of this breakfast go to benefit the high school Basketball team.   Also if you are in the mood for Clam Chowder the Half Moon Bay Rotary Club serves a mean Clam Chowder bread bowl.  They are located in the main food court at the IDES Hall.
If you are looking for hand woven scarves, felted hats and unique jewelry my good friend Patt Sheldon will be selling her fabulous fiber art outside of Savvy Skirts just past the bridge at the north end of town. 
And Lastly Maureen Barton and I will be selling our art in front of her clinic both days from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  Maureen runs the Coastside Children's Pediatric Therapy clinic at the north end of town before the bridge.  Some of the proceeds will go to benefit the clinic. So come by and chat for awhile.  Maureen will be selling small gift sized textural collage items and jewelry and I of course will have my creepiest Halloween items for sale.
Come on-who doesn't love a nice skull?!

See you at the festival!