Busy times around here with company from Canada. I totally forgot to publish yesterday.
This is Secrets 19. Aren't the flies and the monkey just great?
#MoreThanARefugee - Yesterday I saw a piece of art about hate groups in the US. It was shocking how many registered hate groups there are in this country....when I say shocking it was thousands upon thousands. There is a story for every immigrant in our country. We need to listen to those stories with compassion.
It is difficult to tell in the image above but the bird is only attached near the head. So when the journal is open the bird looks loose as if ready to be released into the air. When I found the henna hands and arms image I had to find a way to use them. The background may be competing with the hands and arms but in the "flesh" it seems to work. There definitely is a skill to photographing something so that it looks as good as the image itself.
Off to Oregon this morning to the Focus on Book Arts Festival. It will be a long day....217 miles each way. Going just for the day sounds crazy to me but I am doing it with two others and I was the one who had to be home tonight. Wish us luck!
----------------------------- Shawn Mendes - There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
The trifold easily folds into a postcard with a flap that can be sealed. It costs more to mail it because it does not easily slip into the post office measuring device. No matter since it is fun to receive.
I love how sanding a piece distresses it. The woman's dress is transformed with this technique. Since I am advocate for gun safety, probably to the far left of many people, I am so pleased how the sanding obliterated her rifle.....in fact, one might not know what she was doing looking at this collage.
In late April I was visiting Portland, OR and went to lunch near the now closed handmade art bookstore, 23 Sandy (it is open online only). The "store" where we ate had deli items, seafood, and a variety of groceries that were unique. I went around snapping photos of food items and I came across a chip bag with the image of a wonderful woman who I am calling Mrs. Matzo. I cut her off the bag to create this collage. Thanks "Mrs. Matzo," I love your image.