Just completed 4 postcards with loose bird-related themes. I'm still working on the addition of borders, they operate as a visual chorus and surround the composition with details that relate to the subject.
These are the examples of the paperweavings in the course offerings for ArtFest. More will be posted later. The actual size of these is 8x11. They were all done on a cardboard loom and have a transparency on top attached with beads or stitches.
The birds get into the art again! This is a smaller version of the paper weaving that I taught the first year at ArtFest. In this instance, the weaving portion has been used primarily as a ground and then collaged with cut-outs from a dictionary, beads and chine colle with sewing patterns. The larger works I generally remove from the loom but this was left on the cardboard it was woven on.
In the spirit of wild weaving and chaotic stitching I've been getting off my cardboard loom and thinking about new ways to weave and stitch images. So far that has meant piercing photos and playing with arrangements of stitches and woven parts. Couldn't resist collaging on this one after the stitching was all done. All that obsessive stitching relates to time which relates to the old photograph and I'm hoping to avoid the nostalgic.
While I was upstate NY, way upstate, Watertown, Sacetts Harbor and Clayton I read a book called THE SCIENCE OF SONGBIRDS and can't remember the author's name. Anyway, its about the precipitous decline in bird population and the reasons this is happening. Since my father is an avid birder and at one point in my childhood had us up at 4:30 in the morning to go find birds, I think I owe the birds one. They are practical gobbling at the feeder and spiritual (singing their hearts out) all at once. I miss the horned larks and others that just aren't around as much anymore. So I made some ATC cards for them. The others are in my photo album and one is missing because it wouldn't upload. They were all done on my computer with no cut and paste at all, which I miss.
Paid a visit to our local example of cutting-edge architecture last week and have some photos to share. Its an exciting space inside and I don't necessarily agree with the critical buzz that the galleries are too conservative though it is like being in 2 museums. The foyer (which is the only place photos are allowed) is stunningly sculptural but the galleries are boxes but then, being within art while looking at different art at the same time might be distracting. I've talked to many people who think its just plain ugly and I won't go that far but don't really see the architect's idea that he's integrated the two buildings. To me it looks like post-modernism stalking the past and just getting ready to pounce!
I walk Louise the dog, (sometimes she's more a kangaroo, or squirrel, or cat) around the block and down the alley every day at noon and look for 4 leaf clover. Since I'm also on the look-out for garbage, which Ms. Louise loves, I can only scan the mounds of clover growing madly against the alley fence, but I find quite a few big ones. The smaller ones are missed because my concentration is spotty looking for tasty treats like, ahh, you don't want to know. Anyway, they end up in my collage. This one uses faces from an old yearbook and all the guys then were supposed to be lucky and successful. Sometimes it didn't work out and the weathered color of the surface hints at that .
You've found your way to the blog of Shirley Ende-Saxe who was once known as Rubber Grace in her stamp and mail-art days in the late 1980's and early 1990's. I'm new to blogging but not to journaling. I've been keeping journals since I was 13 or so and creating visual journals since mail-art days. The content here will be mostly about art with some thoughts on a variety of other topics. I'll change topics intermittently so check back.