Happy Wednesday, Ephemeraologists! And for those of you living in the U.S., happy Independence Day!
Perhaps it's fitting that our ephemera artist today is Julie Oman, or Jewels, as she's known around much of the social media sites. You see, Jewels is an ex-pat Canadian who's been living in the U.S. since 1994. I'm glad she's here, although I could certainly understand missing the homeland. :)
I "met" Jewels via Flickr a few years ago. She and I have traded ATCs more than once, and we developed a lovely online friendship. I was taken with her collage style, as she and I both LOVE the mid-century vintage stuff. I'll let Jewels tell her story:
"I've always done different things including fabric ATCs (2007) but really got hooked on ephemera when I took Mary Green's Vintage Gluebook class back in 2010. That was it for me! (It) did not take long to build a collection. I especially like the 40s and 50s as you will see from my stuff. (I) just love looking and thinking about the time period when my parents were young and I was just born (oops, dating myself). Currently I am participating (trying - [it's] hard to do every week) in Tag Tuesday so I have lots of stuff made with ephemera. I also regularly exchange mail art with two friends. Unless I REALLY love it I try to use original materials."
|"Underwood for Sale" by Julie Oman|
And check out what Jewels does with those original materials! I love this ATC that she made using an old Montgomery Ward catalog, a vintage dress pattern and some wallpaper - how could I NOT love it? It incorporates two of my favorite things - vintage typewriters and using old patterns! I really like the sparse use of the floral pattern behind the woman - it's a really nice touch.
Here is one of Jewels' glue book pages - isn't it marvelous? The background was created with pages from an old Handyman guide. The happy homemaker is from a vintage Life magazine; more specifically, it's an old Sears ad. Again, it's very subtle, but there is some vintage wrapping paper behind the woman. Jewels said she loves the pink stove - I agree!
If you're into mail art or ATCs, I highly suggest looking up Jewels on Flickr or her blog (both highlighted, above) - you can't go wrong when you trade with her! Thanks for answering the call, Jewels! :D