Friday, July 15, 2011

I Got Nuthin'.

Oh July, I know many (northern hemisphere) people love you for your summery goodness (except maybe Phoenix), but you put me in an allergy-induced haze.  Combined with the heat, I become a groggy blob with occasional bouts of writer's block.  Today is one of those days.

So, what to do when The Block hits?  Talk highly of others' work!  :D

You may recall that I had to do this a couple of times before, last December and back in April (apparently cold and allergy meds have a weird effect on me!).  Please allow me to introduce you to some of my new fave collagists once again!

First up is Valerie Roybal.  As you may have already surmised from this photo, we share a love of scraps.  Her collages totally speak to me!  Those strips of paper, perfectly placed, are such an inspiration to me and my own work.  As you probably already know I am a HUGE fan of handwriting and typography and she just nails both in this piece.  You can check out more of her work on her site,

"Qinghai (Map Square)", 2007
Here's another wonderful artist - Chris Kenny.  I nearly plotzed when I saw this piece (I SO love maps!).  Look VERY closely at this collage - it's comprised of tiny map pieces, which appear to be attached to the substrate with teensy little museum pins, like some sort of map "specimen".  If you were to just glance at the piece you could be tricked into thinking that this is just a map.  I love that you really have to study the collage/assemblage to get the full effect.  You can see many more of his amazing pieces (and some detail shots of them) here.

Lastly, but certainly NOT leastly, is Bill Zindel.  Bill is one of those collagists who incorporates his sense of humor into his pieces.  That's a real talent - to find images that aren't intended to amuse and place them in funny or "light" situations.  I've always loved artists who use vintage images almost like poetry, and Bill makes it look easy (although I'm sure it's anything but).  Bill's got a lot of collages to see on his site,

Well folks, I hope you've enjoyed my Faves Showcase.  I'll be back on Monday, rarin' to go with more original content.  Until then, enjoy your weekends and keep on ephemerin'!  (I don't think that's a word, but guess what?  It is now!)  :D

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