Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Julie "Jewels" Oman

Note from Mel:  This marks the eighth in a series of ten posts about various artists who work with ephemera.  I put out the call on June 22 and I got some wonderful responses!   


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




9 comments:

  1. Thanks Mel for the kind comments. Enjoying participating in your invite! J

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    1. I'm glad you like your post, Jewels. Thanks again for answering the call! I think your friends are glad you did, too! :D

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  2. WOW...love this site! thank you for highlighting jewels, love the way her creative wheels spin! :)

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    1. She's quite an inspiration to many people, I see! Glad you like the post! :D

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  3. And I'm famous by association lol, being one of the two mail art friends. Very cool, Jewels. I hadn't seen the glue book spread before. In an antique mall one time, a booth had all pink appliances. I'll have to find that pic and post it...
    And I'll have to start following this blog!

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    1. I'm glad I could highlight some of Jewels' "new" work for you, Leslie - and thanks so much for the follow! :D

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  4. so very cool to see jewels featured here, or should I say . . . so very retro! I believe I met jewels in the vintage gluebook class and we have exchanged quite a few things since them. I adore her style and she is so much fun. Thank you for featuring her art Mel, I love it!

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    1. Hooray for meeting like-minded friends in collage classes! That's so fun! :D

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  5. Ooh, I like her use of vintage stuff! Very cool! I wish I had pink appliances!

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