Saturday, September 19, 2009

for the love of wire

"catching the dream"
mixed media assemblage created for a challenge at mixed media art
16 x 9" layered chicken wire embedded with found objects and fibers.
an ancient rusty wind chime hangs from the bottom
contrasted with silk ribbons.

"the dream was always running ahead of me.
to catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it,
that was the miracle" -anais nin
this piece is my intrepretation of the above quote. as always
 there are many layers of details and elements to see!
 5" x 7" fabric collage designed on an artboard then
embedded into the 16 x 9 " layers of chicken wire.
the quote is hand stitched onto
a base of deeply layered fabric and textures. at the top of the text
is a very interesting old victorian glass thingy to which
i've adhered a dragonfly printed on a transparency
to the surface. i wanted to add interest but maintain the
transparent appearance.

the  4" deep sides are
filled the layers of wire with beach stones and glass,
grapevine and driftwood and bits of vintage text. 
i can't believe i didn't cut myself while working with
all this sharp wire! metal fabric mesh embellished with hand stitched
crystal beads is wrapped all around the sides
to create depth and an ethereal feel.

at the base i've fashioned a birds nest out of grapevine, wire,
silk rods and mohair.

silk rod with vintage button and mohair wrapped with wire and beads.
i think jewelry making is in my future.. i really love working with wire!
beach glass and a part of the slate from the roof of my house...

Friday, September 18, 2009

noir et blanc

It's here for your viewing pleasure!
I'm talking about the spectacular Black and White zine 
published by Alicia of Altered Bits!
Big congratulations to her as this is her third online art zine!
Click here to be taken to the new zine as well as her
previous zines and information regarding future
issues and artwork submissions.

A big thank you Alicia for including my work
the "art of being mae"
in this issue!

Monday, September 14, 2009

the meme, the bad and the ugly

seems pretty clear doesn't it?
(no, I don't mean the photo taken with my iphone
while dodging oncoming vehicle)
i's right in the middle of the road.
o.k. I'm a runner.
ran my first marathon in 1997 so i've been on the streets
for quite a while, so to say.
so this is not a momentary gripe.
i must have counted at least 25 cars that did not stop...
not even slow down
while i was waiting on the white painted crosswalk...
including the guy in the convertible
who watched me as he sped right past this sign in the middle of the road.
"don't worry" i told him pointing to the sign "that doesn't apply to you"
he had no idea what i was talking about.
that's scary.
in fact there are two signs about 30 yards apart at this crosswalk.
nobody seems to think it applies to them
how crazy is that? maybe they can't see or read...
but then should they be driving a car?
i ride a road bike as well but I'm not even going there today...
please drive safely
the life you save might be your own.
anyway...this post was written in the spirit of the
kind and good meme award
 which was passed along to me by the lovely sweetheart 
Alicia who at this very moment is
working feriously on the next issue of the Altered Bits art zine!
this award requires me to reveal 7 things about myself
before passing it onto 7 other people.
this is an obvious challenge for me as my post today is #1.
I am going to reserve the other 6
until they come to mind and
i promise they won't
be commentary on bad human behavior!
Thanks Alicia!

Monday, September 7, 2009

how the west was won...

"art of being mae"
"Love isn't an emotion or an instinct...It's an Art"
~Mae West
My challenge piece for Altered Bit's Black and White ezine
to be published in early September.
Deadline is past for this issue but you can find more information
about upcoming issues here. 
Check out the current Odd Numbers zine issue while you're there!
It's a bevy of imaginative works of art and
the ultimate in publication design
by the very talented and gifted Alicia.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

KC Studio Retreats News Flash

"you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough"
The amazing Sarah Fishburn will be
teaching a workshop this December at
in Longmont Colorado!
You can read all about it here!
For those of you who live out of the country
and are unable to travel to Colorado
I highly recommend joining Collage Camp!
I did!
You'll get to benefit from the amazing 
inspiration and teachings of the
lovely and talented KC in the comfort of your home.
You'll love it! I do!
And you'll find a lot of other creative folks 
you probably already know there!
Remember you live only once so do it right
join the fun!