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

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Italian job

Whew. Finally wrapped up scanning every plate from Costumi die Secoli, a project begun, well, too long ago. I have plans for the beautifully hand-painted plates, which illustrate the clothing worn by professionals (lawyers, notaries, monks, soldiers), as well as royalty, celebs and others.

The two-volume book was published in Florence in 1837. Each plate is accompanied by historical and descriptive text, all of which was scanned, too. Both books are falling apart, with pages that are heavily foxed. Tissue covers each plate, but most of it also is foxed. Happily, the central images themselves are in good condition.

Most of the scans have been cleaned up, except for the title page, below, which I posted as is to show the true condition of the book. I came upon it at Significant Books, a quirky, used bookstore in my neighborhood that has closed. Sigh. Still miss popping in when walking to my studio. There were always surprises, and once the owners discovered what I do, they set aside material they thought would interest me.

In any case, here is a sampling of the plates …

View plates from the first post way back in 2012, and from the second post last spring.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Larger than life

As I've been going through the stacks and stacks and stacks of Life magazines given to me by illustrator C.F. Payne, I keep coming across striking advertisements.

No surprise there. Advertising companies have always been at the forefront of graphic design. But there are few that seem as fresh today as then. Among them, ads for Curtiss candy company, makers of all kinds of goodies, including the yummy Butterfinger and Baby Ruth bars. (Love the tagline for Butterfinger: "rich in dextrose." The food police would have a field day with that today.)

The ads are big, bold and modern. The only bad thing about them? They were placed on opposite pages, not the magazines' centerfolds. Even so, they'd be terrific framed. Joining them would be tricky. I tried to remove the pages carefully, but it is old paper (circa 1940s).

Here are the ads found so far, you can get an idea of their size in the images shot on my cutting mat and with the ruler … imagine the impact of turning the page and seeing one of these.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A startling war-time atlas

Yes. I've vowed again and again not to buy more maps. But while detouring through antique shops
in Lebanon, Ohio, I spotted this atlas. It was published in 1940 by Chicago's Geographical
Publishing Co. Thumbing through it, it didn't seem extraordinary. Until I reached the back, and a special section of maps depicting the war in Europe and Asia.

The bold red symbols - fists, boats, arrows, swastikas - were so striking as was the idea of
"remapping the world" at such a tumultuous time, that I felt compelled to buy it. I might
have been subliminally influenced by this year's 70th anniversary of D-Day, too.

As always, who knows what I'll do with it, if anything. Meantime, here's a look at some
of the maps (minus Asia, because the photo I took was out of focus, I'll try adding it later) …