All of these are 2 years late for the handmade portfolio made in WI in 2012. There are more to show here but these 4 are all composites of papers from WI and CT with some odd bits thrown in because it seemed like the right thing to do at the time. 10 artists get together every year in different parts of the US to make art using a variety of materials, yes, it's pretty much like dying and going to heaven! I'm glad to finally get these belated projects done!
If it's a mask archive/portfolio, you've got to have a mask as part of the contribution and this is it. Collaged text, dictionary illustrations, lace thingamabobbies, tissue and eggshell.
And a mask archive certainly wouldn't be complete without a nod to James Ensor. His work looks as though it might have been painted yesterday and is more than a century old. After reading about him, I had to commit his graphic ideas to muscle memory :
The faces/masks were drawn and painted with watercolor using Ensor's work as a guide. Yes, I copied Ensor and I'm glad I did it!
Ginna's huge gorgeous archive arrived and I used some paper from it as well as the metallic lace at top. I wanted to just play with string and pieces of fabric so this was fortuitous! It doesn't mean a thing, but I loved working on it!
This is what happens to catalogs that arrive unsolicited at my door, especially when the theme of the ATC exchange is Poe. I'm taking a sabbatical from this exchange until the fall, but I did have fun with this one!
All 3 gone west to Terry, Ann and Sharon. The bits and pieces for these were literally everything left on the table after making Hypatia.....which was rejected from Kaleidoscope this year along with another piece. You pay your money and you take your chances! Ah well, perhaps some other show!
They went West yesterday. I used some cut-up collage from many moons ago and then started arranging papers from my "tiny papers" and "tiny photos" pile. And then the gold. Collage: papers, photos, acrylic.
This may seem over-obvious, but I have a lot of papers. They are piled up, most recent on the working table, less recent in totable bags and not-recent-at-all neatly arrranged by category in old photo paper boxes. So when I wanted to do a black theme for my exchange all I have to do is pull out the box and proceed. These are collage except the silk tack near the middle of each, washi tape,papers and some printed acetate. They have migrated west to Terry, Ann and Sharon.