Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Friday, December 04, 2015
Even if you only have one foot this is really good advice.
Here they are mingled in with my Tree of Tiny Boxes, two altered journals, and some notecards.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
For the last 5 weeks I worked a temporary seasonal job putting up holiday displays. This ranged from hanging balls from 12 foot ceilings to fashioning mannequins to making a bolster look like a birch tree.
Not as creative as I would have wanted, many corporate specifications and rules, but I did learn a thing or two about visual merchandizing.
Even though I tied 18 inches of string from each ball, hung them 24 inches apart by grinding pigglys into the ceiling I still wanted to pull the one on the end back as far as it would go and release! The gray guy is one of 12 new mannequins we had to put together, not an easy task.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
I love my dog, more than wine. Bless her heart, she is almost 14 years old and still keeping it real. So to celebrate her, and the final days of summer and just because I'm feeling generous, I'm having a sale over at my etsy shop. I close it down for a bit to get ready for other shows and some other projects I'm involved with through October.
So if you head over to etsy.com/shop/blage and find something you like just type in the code dogday20 and you get 20 percent off the cost of the piece. For orders over $50 I throw in a bookmark. Dog enthusiasts might like something like this.
THIS DOG IS GONE!
But this summery bamboo, butterfly scene if still available!
Sunday, August 23, 2015
This assemblage piece, "swing on a star," is in the group show juried by Moe Brooker at Da Vinci Art Alliance. Moe Brooker is a nationally known Philadelphia Artist, with work in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, Montgomery Museum of Art, and Musee des beaux arts D'Ontario. He won a James Van Der Zee lifetime achievement award and has served as faculty at the Cleveland institute of Art, Parsons school of Design, PAFA, and Moore college of art. Brooker will attend the closing reception on August 30 from 3-5pm. I am excited to meet him and hear how he made the selections for this show.
As with a number of my femme works this one is comprised of domestic objects, a small jewelry organizer, part of a napkin holder, the top a music box, buttons, fabric and drawer pulls. All are from different homes, different eras and belonged to women who never knew one another. They are the things women are suppose to use and know about to make their homes more orderly, stylish, efficient. So I combine these pieces, broken and discarded, painted them, rearranged and put them all together to become this woman, who swings on a star with a fancy letter opener at her feet. Out of these house hold scraps emerges a feminine identity independent of the tastes, mores, and times of the indivduals who once choose and possessed them.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The collograph below was created this past spring during the open print studio at the Community Art Center in Wallingford PA. I created the plate on mat board using mostly fabric pieces coated with acrylic gel medium. The glove and grapes outline I stitched by hand with embroidery thread.
Here is a photo of original plate I created, was a bit hard to ink at first as I liked this plate for its own sake. After making several prints I cut out the hand/bowl so I could experiment with different sizes of paper.
This version won 2nd Prize at the Wallingford a Community Art Center Member Show.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Below is the first print and the ghost of the print I made at a printmaking class at Fleischer Memorial in 2013. We used only water based inks for this class and the plates were primarily created with fabric glued with PVC onto matt board and then coated with an acrylic medium. This was primarily different laces and string, also some netting.
This is another print from "Peaches" which was also done with water based inks and gauche. The blue area is tissue paper adhered with thin wheat paste, not in true chin colle. The plate can be seen in the blog post just before this one. It was purchased recently and is in a private collection in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Further experimenting with fabric on the plate and different blues. This one I ran during a workshop at the print making studio at PAFA.
But really the view of city hall is so beautiful as is the roof of the Furness building.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
This piece was purchased for the permenent collection by The Philadelphia Center for the Book. I am really honored, and it is a first for me in a permenent public collection. It was one of the pieces I had at Book, Paper, Scissors event held each November at the library. The Print and Picture collection is on the second floor of the Free Library of Philadelphia. http://www.friendsofpix.org/1.html
The plates from this type of print making often become works of art in their own right and become more beautiful the more the are used.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Thanks to those of you who stop by and read my blog from time to time and welcome to those folks who are new. If you go to my etsy shop, www.etsy.com/shop/blage and see something that you fancy put in the coupon code FRIEND20 and you will receive 20 percent off the price. Now, that's a pretty good deal and the code works through the month of December! Here are a few things that are available.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Bookmark made from matt board samples, always a favorite!
An altered photo I took of a mourning dove with other wooden bird photos, and paper collage.
And some owls, I am way into owls and making all sorts of owl collages. This one, however is SOLD! But I have, some similar ones...
So stop by www.etsy.com/shop/blage and poke around. Give me some feed back or favorite an item. I will send you a coupon code as reward! Etsy Shop Blage
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Well, I already sold one owl on etsy so I suppose It is time to list another. Really this one is one of my favorites and I am probably going have a limited addition print made of him. However, no name for this piece yet. Make a comment if you have a suggestion. You can view and purchase work there, here is the address, www.etsy.com/shop/blage. Although I haven't listed this collage owl just yet. But soon...
He is staring peacefully at the moon. This piece is 9x12 on clay board.
This is the piece hanging in a hallway in my friend Heidi's studio. Hoot!
Friday, October 03, 2014
One of my favorite things to do after the holiday season is to take the cards and left over gift paper and make gift tags for next year. I love curling up on the coach in front of the fire and cutting and pasting and stamping away. When I was a child, I remember my grandmother saving wrapping paper and bows from presents at Christmas to use for the next year. That generation was ever mindful of not wasting, for sure. A friend of mine told me that every year her grandmother and brother would wrap each other's presents in the paper used on the gift from the previous year. The presents would get smaller and smaller and the paper more and more worn.
Also available are my bookmarks from matt board samples, that are always a big hit. I am even giving away a book when you buy one, pretty good deal.
I was so delighted that this collage won first prize at The Plastic Club's "Small Worlds" show. My work has received honorable mentions in some juried show, but this the first top prize I've ever received. Not only did it receive the blue ribbon, first place also comes with a cash prize of 150 dollars, and I get to keep the piece. The show had over 100 entries, including some very accomplished Philadelphia artists and members of the Plastic Club. So I am pretty proud of my little ram, small but powerful.
Todd Keyser of the Synderman Gallery was the juror for this show.
Mostly likely I will make a limited edition print out of this one as well. Here is a photo of it that I took for my etsy page to show what it looks like hanging in someone's home.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
It has a kind of Eric Carle feel, which I initially did not like because I felt like I stole his ideas... But now, I am ok with it. Learned from him, went on to express peaches in other ways.
And this one is the peach in the photograph with other decorative papers as a collage on a cigar box top. If you've ever driven on I 85 south you might recognize my subtle nod to the Gaffney Peach of South Carolina, see it?
Friday, May 03, 2013
Recently framed this mixed media collage and hung it in my studio. Found a few other paces in the house where it worked well also. Will have to do more of these as I am pleased with this one and working with red back grounds. Currently reading "An Artist of the Floating World" by Kazuo Ishiguro, a novel about a Japanese artist set in postwar Japan. Also experiencing cherry blossoms in real life... A chilly, but welcome spring.
I took a class at the Pennyslvania Academy of Fine Art in Japanese brush painting. Keiko Miyamori was our instructor and I learned all the traditional strokes for bamboo, plum blossoms, orchids, rocks as well as learning about Japanese paper. These blossoms I tore from practice paper that I made in class. The paper for the branches is handmade paper that I purchased at the book, paper scissor event at Th Philadelphia Frre Library.l