Thursday, December 16, 2010

Showin' some Love

As you've probably surmised by now, I love ephemera.  :D  I love everything about it, and as you've seen, I love using it in my artwork.

Of course, I'm not the only one to use ephemera in an artful way - SO not the only one!  There are thousands of collagists/designers all over the world who adore using old paper as much as I do.

Here are a couple of examples of some awesome pieces done with ephemera - both amazing, yet completely different styles and feels to their work.  I love both pieces so much!  These two works were done by Randel Plowman (Fall Leaves) and Viv Strauss (today's scraps).

In Randel's piece, I love how the bird is the focal point but the kid's work somehow defines the piece, at least for me.  In Viv's collage, those muted colors are what I love the most.  I also love the little snippet that says "Curvallure" on it - you just know that was from some mid-centuy medieval women's undergarment. 

Just like other media, there are as many styles of ephemera art as there are artists creating them.  An artist is always going to bring their likes and experiences to the piece.  To me, the fascinating part is how a hundred artists could take the same piece of ephemera and it would be used 100 different ways.  I love that.

While I'm aboard the Love Train, I have to mention a few of my other favorite ephemera artists (these are people whose MAIN focus is ephemera):  Kim Printz, Jennifer Mullin, Emmanuelle Boissot, Richard Russell, "Mask", Cecil Touchon, Susan Fiebig (also a dear friend of mine!) and the list goes on and on and on.  I also love how the collage community is pretty tightly-knit, and you can get to know other artists really easily!

If you're at all interested in taking those old magazines or brochures in your house and doing some art with them, all I can say is DO IT.  Come join the ephemeraologist ranks!  :D

P.S.  Don't you love how these pieces were framed?  I have to give a special shout-out to the Gallery & Frame Shop in Fond du Lac - they did an AWESOME job!  :D


  1. mel, i am totally honored to be mentioned in your blog -- especially with the other fine artists you talk about. thank you!

  2. Kim it's absolutely my pleasure to count you in with my faves! I just love your work, what can I say? :D

  3. Indeed it is, Matthew - indeed it is. :D