Thursday, May 23, 2013

Slidin' Away!

As Ferris Bueller so succinctly put it, "Life moves pretty fast."  You can take that many ways, but one of the ways that clearly emphasizes how quickly things can change is the way we take pictures.

Let's think about this for a second - we've gone from all film to all digital in the span of a decade.  I'm sure the folks at Polaroid and Kodak feel like they've been punched in the face, metaphorically speaking.  Truly, digital photography has changed our world in innumerable ways.

Take the ubiquitous slide, for example.  I guarantee that my nieces and nephew have NO idea what these were used for originally.  And how many of these little babies are out there, forever relegated to the obsolete wastebasket?

I've always loved slides because of their miniature nature, so it's probably no surprise that I've been stockpiling these unused slide frames.  Thanks to places like Manto Fev and The Paper Flea Market, my supply keeps growing!

I've been collecting them for years, but never had a concrete idea for them - until now.  Introducing - SLIDE PINS!

"bird" Slide Pin - available here

The idea is so simple, I can't believe I didn't notice it before.  But I've been wanting to do something different with my jewelry line, and these little guys fit the bill perfectly!

"Sacred' Slide Pin - available here

I'm having a total blast making these.  I've only begun this week, but I'll have many more to come - stay tuned!  :)

"Peaches" Slide Pin - available here

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lesson Learned

Have you ever had it happen where you're just going along, minding your business, when someone bursts your bubble?

It could be a rude cashier at the grocery store who interrupts your otherwise pleasant day, or a snide remark on Facebook that you weren't expecting.  I'm sure we've all had that happen to us at some point in our lives.

A few days ago, I had my confidence shaken about my art.  I was just going along, minding my own business, when I had someone say some not-so-nice things about this piece, which I had just finished:

I quite liked it.  I liked the way the yellow matched the frame.  I liked the bursts of red here and there.  I liked how the theme carried throughout the piece.

And hey - I totally understand that my art isn't for everyone!  Ephemeraologists, you may run into this more than other, more "conventional" artists - some folks just don't understand the appeal of the vintage ephemera or why we'd deign to cut it up and use it in art.  I'm used to that, and it doesn't bother me at all!  In fact, I use the confusion to educate people on collage as an art form, or the importance of ephemera in our lives.  :)

But the comment I received was much deeper than that - the person said, "It doesn't look like you care at all about what you create."


Instead of following this rule (thanks, National Art Shop!) -

I threw out the piece.  Yep, it is now in the Big Recycling Bin in the Sky.  

Even though I had an existential crisis this weekend, I don't regret the toss.  I still have the image and although I no longer have the physical piece (plus a couple more that I also threw out), I have the reminder that I should never apologize for the work that I do.  I liked this piece enough to send it out in the world, and I should've stood my ground.  But it did allow me to think about new directions my art will be taking, and for that I'm grateful.

Ephemeraologists, I didn't write this post to garner sympathy; quite the opposite!  I wrote it to serve as a reminder that you should never apologize for the work you do.  Just keep rockin' the vintage ephemera and putting it out into the world - we need artists like you!!!  :D

Monday, May 6, 2013

Summer Relaxation, 1973

I think with any generation, there are certain items that will always bring about a feeling of nostalgia.  For me, it's those lawn chairs from the '60s and '70s.

You know the kind I mean - the nylon-webbed chairs that always left an impression on your be-shorted legs, and which were quite uncomfortable, actually.  But for those of us who were born in the US and Canada between 1950 and 1980, whose parents didn't own at least a pair of these babies?

So when I found a picture of one in this fabulous Loblaw catalog from 1961.....

 I knew I had to do something with it:

I used watered-down acrylics for the background, and sewed the grass and sun.  But I wanted the lawn chair to be the star of the piece.  And yes, I did X-Acto out each of those tiny square from in between the webbing.  It took an hour, but I think it's worth it.  :)

I'm happy to report that this piece has already sold! :)  I have a few more photos of lawn chairs I can use, so I think I'll make more collages and celebrate this iconic piece of lawn furniture.