Saturday, September 6, 2014

Animal kingdom

During a lunch last month, my friend Cecie Chewning casually handed me a small packet of engravings that she had been given by her uncle. I didn't look at them until a few days later, and when I did, whoa! What a treasure.

They've been scanned them into the archive now, so it seemed time to share them. The pages are relatively small - 8.5" x 4.5" - and there are headings and table numbers on each, but no bibliographic information. Not even the engraver, whose name usually is at the bottom of a plate.

They are hand-painted, and exquisite, if a bit worn/foxed. I'm guessing circa early 1800s, and betting there were more in whatever book they're from, since fish, insects, etc. are absent from mine. Here's a look at what I have … they'll be turning up in collages.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Half baked? Not even warm. Making a Victorian marble cake.

I was up for a challenge. So, when asked to contribute a sculptural work of art for a late-summer auction, I said yes. The cause is a good one: Cincinnati's YWCA, and the benefit at which the piece will be auctioned Aug. 24 is being cooked up by some of the area's top female chefs. On top of that: all the art is created by women.

Besides, ever since making a trio of cake collages for an exhibit last year, I've toyed with the idea of creating a 3-D paper cake. Here was my chance. It turned out to be, um, a learning experience. It also turned out to take more time, much more time, than I thought it would.

I punched paper, cut it, glued it, braided it, tore it, die cut it, twisted it, made it double sided, wired it for flexibility, sewed it, curled it around pencils and paint brushes, played with color combinations and shapes, and even colored it. A bin of rejects attests to my experiments.

Book making, and sewing techniques were employed to cover the boxes, and to make some of the icing" trim (such as the pleated fancy on the middle layer). A look through newly purchased Victorian cake books, gave me almost too much to think about, After all, excess is a hallmark of the Victorian era.

Here's how it came together. And even though it's on exhibit in Brazee Street Studios' gallery one one through Saturday, it wouldn't be difficult to sneak in and tweak it. After all, the gallery is right across the hall from my studio.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The 2015 calendars are here

Well, I wrapped up the 2015 calendars, and as in years past:
  • each features reproductions of my collages
  • there are three different themes
  • and one size (4.25" x 8.5")
They are printed by me using archival ink on heavyweight card stock. They are wire-bound - also by yours truly - and packaged in a clear plastic box.

The price is 14.99. They can be picked up at my studio, and will be available at area shops (which will be listed on the blog as soon as they are stocked).

Want it shipped? No problem, it's an additional 4.99 (one more calendar can be included for that price, but if you want even more, please e-mail me, and I'll figure out the total). I don't make money on shipping; I charge what is costs.

Here's a look at the covers of the three, and the back covers, which feature details of each month's image.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gulp. Looks like the scanning isn't done ...

Well, I took the plates that were scanned from Costumi dei Secoli to the studio to file them with the others. While flipping through the two volumes, I came across more plates at the back of one. Had they been scanned? I wasn't sure. As I rule, I write "scanned" on an image. These were unmarked.

I had a hard time believing I had overlooked that many of them, but it was possible since I had been carrying them back and forth for months. I brought the plates home, and began checking them against the digital files. Not there. So, another 50 plates to scan. I did all the women first, because I plan to use them in a new series. Here they are …

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New to the print bin

I made a recent decision limit the editions of prints of my larger collages. This way, the person who bought the original knows there will not be a zillion duplicates out there. With that in mind, there are some new prints available, some for the first time. You'll find them in the print bin at the studio during Friday's Open Studios (6-9 p.m.) at Brazee Street Studios. Or contact me directly about purchasing any of them.

© Lila's magical night garden
archival ink on 100% cotton rag paper
fits standard 9" x 12" or 16" x 20" standard mat
edition limited to 30 

© Shapeshifting: Edith threw caution,
and perhaps her inheritance, to the wind
archival ink on 100% cotton rag paper
fits a standard 16" x 20" mat
edition limited to 50 

© Low-hanging fruitarchival ink on 100% cotton rag paper
6.5" x 13.5"
edition limited to 30

© F bomb
archival ink on 100% cotton rag paper
13.5" x 6.5"edition limited to 30