Do you ever wish for a time machine? I particularly like the history associated with the Oregon Trail. I am fascinated not only by the settlers moving west but what that move did to the Native populations. It was such a struggle and also an imposition. History is full of difficult times. That seems to be the nature of life.
Think of all the people you have known in your life but who you never see anymore. What are the reasons for that? People come into our lives and also leave our lives. There is always a reason. Perhaps they move away. Perhaps they die. Maybe there is a disagreement. Maybe people grow apart because they have less and less in common. There are a plethora of reasons.
The graphite pencil writing that you see on each of the spreads in this book came fast and furious. I tried to come up with a plausible narrative from the first glance of the image. I did most of these writings one after the other once the book was mostly complete.
I love using maps as ephemera. I received a great surprise of map ephemera from an artist who collaged a bunch of maps together in a random order. It looked pretty cool. I have been using pieces in several of my collages…..not this one though. This particular map comes from an agricultural atlas.
One word comes to mind, simplicity. Meaning in this composition I find basically three elements, the background, the photograph, and the the writing. However, if you think about the photograph only it is complex because there are so many people.
This piece is a bit strange from the standpoint of the ephemera used. I really like the right side. The left side of the spread is made up of flowers I made in a workshop, magazine papers, and the woman is from a vintage geography book. Not sure the left and the right go together.
I am running out of vintage photos and so I have been searching for more online. It is like a grab bag when ordering because one just not know if there will be treasure or not. My last order was fantastic. Fingers crossed on the next one.
Vintage photos of people I do not know give me an opportunity to create a narrative for those people in the photo. Looking at someone and coming up with a plausible story about who they are is just plain fun. It is kind of like going to the mall and people watching. I love to do that as well. :-)
I bought a packet of vintage photographs from the 1930s recently. Someone had taken them out of a photo album and put them up for sale. What a treasure trove I received! They were a bit musty smelling. So i put them in a baggy with drier sheets and now they are just fine.
I entered the Tieton 10 x 10 x 10 juried show in June and got in. I have two tiny books in a sculptural piece that I did….
Unfortunately the copy above was cropped and so I will try and do a better job of sharing it tomorrow. You get the idea anyway. The show runs into October. The link is…. https://www.tietonarts.org/10x10x10 Scroll down on the link and you come to the 2022 virtual show button which will take you to the art that they have compiled. My piece is next to the donation button and also further down as you look at the other accepted entries.
Our theme for this ATC project was to use one of several listed female artists that were unfamiliar to the host. Jade Purple Brown was the artist that I chose. She creates colorful works. I decided to do a portrait of Rosa Parks to add to my background honoring JPB. Rosa turned out a bit younger than her most famous portraits but no matter.
I am working on a project using portraits that I have drawn which includes collaged ephemera. I had made some ATCs with those portraits and thought why not a book. I am now on book ten of eleven. That means there will be seven collages in each for a total of 77 tiny collages. The collages resemble the one above in technique.
Creating a new piece of art actually amazes me because I never really know where it is going and I let the piece lead me. So many people do not understand that concept. I might just start with the idea that I want something in the center of, for instance, a playing card. I might want it to be square or a rectangle. Then it is just start and see where it takes me. I audition ephemera and if it feels right I go with it. Before you know it a new composition is born.
It pretty amazing what I can work on when my workspace is only a clipboard. I may be working tiny but I am thinking bigger. I have an idea for three new pieces for the fall NW Collage Society show. So my work station had better change.