Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Being a sucker for any sort of foreign ephemera, I immediately fell in love with this book. Because the original author (Elsebeth Gynther) is Danish, there are plenty of European items that are vintage and/or just plain awesome enough to make me drool.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I've already mentioned the scene in "Catch me if you Can", where Leo DiCaprio's character peels the labels off of everything around him and saves them in his fake wallet - I SO wish I could've been on the prop team for that movie! To be surrounded by all those vintage labels, well - that's sheer heaven in my book (yeah, I'm a weird adult, too). :D
One of my favorite types of labels is food labels. I have some gorgeous vintage labels for sardines and vegetables - they're actually lithographed (I love that most of them say where they were litho printed, and of course they're all printed here in the States. How quaint). Some of the labels in my collection have raised illustrations - this kind of printing hardly exists anymore and when you do see it, it's expensive. I would bet that most labels today are thermal or laser printed.
Whenever I see food labels for cheap online, estate sales, antique stores or any other place I try to snap up as many as I can. If possible I try to get doubles of each label - one for using in my artwork and one for saving. You can get some amazing labels for pretty cheap if you know where to look - some of my favorite places are Manto Fev, Collage Stuff, and Paper Flea Market. The seller "inkpainter" on Etsy also has some wonderful stuff.
Here is some of my work that I've done using labels - as you can see, they're VERY versatile! :D
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
And of course, I love using these beauties in my artwork! Firstly, most of them are made from ultra-thin, almost tissue-like paper, so they're very easy to collage. And secondly - well, just look at them! The ticket designs are amazing! :D
Friday, November 5, 2010
With all of the things happening in and around Fond du Lac, where I currently live, neither I nor Brian have been able to travel much. In fact, we haven't really taken a trip far away at all this year, which in one way is good because we were able to save more money.
But in so many other ways, that's bad! I love to travel. Hotels, new restaurants, fun sightseeing - I love it all. So I suppose it's no surprise that I ADORE maps.
I love maps of all kinds. I even took a fabulous workshop called "Personal Geographies" with the amazing Jill K. Berry last year. It taught me to see my own journeys in a cartographic sense.
I am terrible with directions. I always have been. And I come by it naturally - my mom and Grammie are not so hot, either. Good thing I married Brian - I always kid that he has a steel plate in his head - the man can go somewhere ONCE and remember how to get there. I wish I had that ability! Sometimes it takes me five times before I remember!
But oh, do I love the design of maps. The compass roses, the little scale lines, that gorgeous light blue that seems ubiquitous on road maps, the tiny highway signs, beautiful globes - it's all wonderful. I suppose some people may argue the validity of maps in the ephemeral sense - we do use them more than once, after all - but more and more, they're becoming dinosaurs. Now that so many people are using their GPS devices to find their way, maps seem almost quaint now. Which is a shame, in my opinion. Map-reading will eventually be a lost art if we rely on electronics and satellites to tell us where to go.
It sure is easy to obtain old maps! I find them all over the place - junque shops, antique stores, closeouts - you name it, you'll be able to find old maps. And, as you probably have surmised by now, I LOVE using them in my artwork - so much so, in fact, that I started my own Flickr group called Map Art (I was shocked to learn that a similar group didnt' exist!). Here are some of my favorite collages I've done with maps: