Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Grand Tour 9

One thing I find appealing about using antique engravings that were printed on lightweight paper is the show through from the other side when they are glued down. In this case, the text on the page behind this illustration from Godey's Lady's Book peeks through as does a slight shadow behind her from the fashion illustration on the other page.

Her Walking-Dress is layered with maps from “Guyot's Physical Geography” (Scribner, 1872), “Harper's School Geography” (Harper & Brothers, 1882) and a 1957 U.S. Geological Survey of Idaho; as well as a sliver of a mosaic illustration from an art book. Off to the sides are vintage postage stamps and a vintage label from an Italian tarot card deck I picked up at a small print shop in Florence in 1989. Mixed-media, 3.75” x 5.75” on archival mat board. {Sold}

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