Archives for August 2013

Family Connections Collage Works

The first collage in this series which includes a photo of my Mom as a child, my Dad in his RCAF uniform and a drawing of our son Read

The first collage in this series which includes a photo of my Mom as a child, my Dad in his RCAF uniform and a drawing of our son Read

Last month I accompanied my husband on a business trip to the Okanagan in central BC.  I managed to throw a few supplies together to bring with me (which included my file of photocopied family photos) with the plan to play around with some ideas on printmaking with out a press.  For some reason that didn’t really happen and I began assembling collages using the family photos, telephone book pages, paint, inks, pencils, etc. 

The one above with the brown leaves is the first one I made.  My choice of photos was intuitive (and that remained throughout the series) as well as the other materials used.  The drawing started out as a tracing of our son Read.  I couldn’t see very well through the tracing paper and ended up finishing the drawing off by using the photo as reference.  It’s a good likeness of Read but it’s not perfect.  Hence I will call these tracings/drawings in the following descriptions.

Kayla with a leaf print

Kayla with a leaf print

Here’s where a small amount of printmaking came into play in this one with Kayla (above) and the next two.

My sister Sandy on the beach and the drawing is me as an infant

My sister Sandy on the beach and the drawing is me as an infant

Drawing is my Mom as a child and photo of her in the centre with her friends and a leaf print

Drawing is my Mom as a child and photo of her in the centre with her friends and a leaf print

is this one too busy? Drawing of my Grandmother, photos of baby Richard and my Mom's friends

Is this one too busy? Drawing of my Grandmother, photos of baby Richard and my Mom’s friends

I’m back home now with the rest of these.  If you read my last post, I mentioned that I have been using my old sewing machine to stitch linework into a piece.  So the next three all have stitching as a common element.

A piece of boating chart, a woodcut stamp, seed pod drawing, machine stitching, and photo is me on the beach

A piece of boating chart, a woodcut stamp, seed pod drawing, machine stitching, and photo is me on the beach

 

Not my favourite - with stitching, flower tracing, stamp, photo of my family hiking, and more ...

Not my favourite – with stitching, flower tracing, stamp, photo of my family hiking, and more …

I like this one with the drawing of Kayla and photo of her as well as photo of Read in the mountains

I like this one with the drawing of Kayla and photo of her as well as photo of Read in the mountains

In the next four I incorporated lace paper and the tracings/drawings are on parchment paper that I “stole” from our friends kitchen in Naramata.  I need to find more of that paper! 

Photo of my Mom and drawing of my nephew Simpson

Photo of my Mom and drawing of my nephew Simpson

 

Read with shovel and drawing of my Mom as a young woman - remember I chose these intuitively - very interesting!

Read with shovel and drawing of my Mom as a young woman – remember I chose these intuitively – very interesting!

I'm not so sure about this one either but I like the drawing me before I was married and Read and Kayla by the tree

I’m not so sure about this one either but I like the drawing of me before I was married and Read and Kayla by the tree

 

There's more going on in this one but I think it works with photos of my Mom as a child and my sister Tracy and drawing of my sister Sandy

There’s more going on in this one but I think it works with photos of my Mom as a child and my sister Tracy and drawing of my sister Sandy

Les Petits Sacs

Three petits sacs

Three petits sacs

Tiny "sacs" made from intaglio prints

Tiny “sacs” made from intaglio prints

Last month before the TD Art Gallery Paint-In that was held on Saturday, July 20, here in Victoria, I decided to create some new work using old paintings on paper.  It was fun to reuse these student assignments that were taking up space in my home studio.  I will post several photos of the different pieces that I call “les petits sacs” as well as the artist statement to go along with them.  I sold quite a few at the Paint-In and I have about nine still available!  You can view them at Gallery 1580 located at 1580 Cook Street, Victoria.  You can also email or phone to make an appointment to view.

Artist Statement

The opportunity to sublet my friend’s art studio came up fairly suddenly and I decided to give it a try.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  It would allow me to see what it’s like to work away from my home studio and be in this space entirely devoted to art making.

As I gathered up my supplies to bring to the new space it seemed a good time to clear out items in my home studio.  I sifted through stacks of paintings on paper and board and recalled the suggestion by an art instructor to keep your student work for a while.  Good idea if you have a warehouse to store it in.  Some of my works on paper were okay at best but why was I keeping them.  That’s when I decided I could reuse them in another form.

Instead of making new wall pieces with my old paintings I liked the idea of something three dimensional.  After experimenting folding and rolling these pouches came together.  I call them, “les petit sacs” which are created from acrylic paintings and intaglio prints on various papers.  It appealed to me that these papers were covered in marks already.  The lines, brush strokes and collage gave them some history like a life that is painted and layered with experiences and memories.  Repetition in design and form is important in my work and the notion of making a lot of these “sacs” became my intention.

Including words in my work has been common practice for years and I scribed quotations that resonate with me inside and outside of the “sacs”.  Random line work has been created with machine stitching like a journey through life with loops and waves made from the old Singer sewing machine my parents gave me when I was 12.  The thread is from a basket of sewing materials our daughter left behind when she moved away from home.  The handles are made of garden twine from the back shed.  Some papers were too pretty and delicate for the twine so I chose fancy ribbon or shiny cord.  A few of the “sacs” called for a finishing touch such as resin button with a letter stamped into it.

Buttons were added to some of the "sacs"

Buttons were added to some of the “sacs”

Pretty yellow and blue "sacs"

Airbrushed with satin and crossgrain ribbons

Airbrushed with satin and crossgrain ribbons

More made from intaglio prints

More made from intaglio prints

 

Love these with painted flowers, silk ribbon and double-sided satin ribbon

Love these with painted flowers, silk ribbon and double-sided satin ribbon

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