Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Lifetime of Travel

Oh my goodness!  I have to share with you the most amazing pile of travel ephemera I've ever received!  Here is but a fraction of the loot:

Incredible, no?  Well, the story behind it is pretty cool, too - 

My artist/professor friend Chris was having a tag sale this past weekend.  She let me know about it and I said I wouldn't miss it!  When I responded she said, "I'm glad you're coming, because I've been saving some stuff for you." (Believe me, it was all of this and MUCH more.)

When I got home and opened it up, I was floored, as you can imagine!  Here, in the bag, were so many of Chris' husband's travel ephemera.  Tony had passed away within the year and it was time to clean house.  He was a lifelong traveler, and look at the places he'd been!  Iceland!  Mexico!  Luxembourg! Brazil! Japan! Russia!  

I was so inspired by all of this wonderful stuff, I just had to create a collage:

I went a step further this time and made it encaustic - it added a lovely sheen to it.  As you can see, I did a bit of tearing and ripping, and had some small bits left over.  So I made one of my latest pendants - a shadowbox pendant!

It's only 1.25" square - I think it turned out pretty nicely!  :)

I hope I've done justice to Tony's ephemera.  I'd like to think that it's been given a fresh start!  :)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Stacks of Wax!

My oh my!  The time does fly!

I can't believe it's been almost three weeks since my last post - so I'm remedying that now!  :)

A lot has happened in the last three weeks!  I've been away on vacation - I attended a very intensive 5-day workshop, sponsored by The Mill Paper and Book Arts Center in Rhinelander and held at Circle of Life Studio in beautiful Eagle River, Wisconsin (as we NE Wisconsinites like to call it, "up north") making Japanese handmade paper and dyeing it.  The AMAZINGLY talented Tatiana Ginsberg taught the class.

It was HEAVEN, and made even better by the fact that Brian and our Pomeranian, Dudley, were able to come up too!  I also taught a "Papermaking with Recycled Materials" class!  Oh, and I've been elected the chair of Wisconsin Visual Artists - NE Chapter, not incidentally!  :D

Before I left, I knew I wanted to get a lot of work done so that I'd be ready to go for tonight's Arts Around the Bend, a bi-yearly gallery walk held in West Bend, Wisconsin (I'm at the same place where I was last year - the Apple Barrel!).  I had been toying with the idea of trying encaustic, so I just went for it.  Here's the result:

This is one of the FIFTEEN pendants I made for the gallery walk this evening - I'm having a BLAST!  Talk about ephemera - each of these pendants (you can see them ALL here)  was created using layers and layers of "scraps".  I just started going through my piles and piles of ephemera - not caring about color, content or age - and just began pasting tiny bits onto the masonite forms (the pendant you see here is only an inch square!).  I then brushed on beeswax in a very light layer - you sure don't need much - and this is the end result.  I'm really happy with the way these turned out!

If you can make it to West Bend tonight, I hope I see you!  :)  If not, stay tuned for more ephemera scrappy-goodness!  :D