Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Collage. You Can't Make Just One!

It started with a Keith LoBue class last fall. I made a small collage in a altoid can and then mounted it on a small clayboard panel that I had textured with molding paste and painted with acrylics. I loved printing the transparencies from family photos I had scanned to make CDs of photos for my brothers.

more followed
a couple of 4" x 4" clayboard with transparencies mounted on slides

hmmm, can I make those transparencies bigger, say, 8 x 10?

yes, I can!

there were a few more (not shown here) and then I went to see the Treasures from Heaven show at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I was intrigued with wrapping and entwining bundles, entombing objects, precious objects wrapped with cloth, texture, boxes and compartments, tiny labels, and so I thought about making boxes to fit in the clayboard panels, and here is the first try

24" wide by 18" high that is mostly done but I will add more bundles and labels to the compartments as they occur to me. I am in love with the clayboards. They are masonite panels that have different sized cradles, this one is 1 1/2" deep so the box with compartments fits in. The hardest part was cutting the hole in the masonite, I need to improve my jig saw skills.

and just to amuse myself I added another one working with wire and molding paste.

And the next in the self deconstruction quilted pieces is almost finished!
Plus I have been busy freelancing and working the part time job.
Amazing what you can done when you aren't mowing lawn!

Friday, February 11, 2011

TAA Member Show

Thursday night Textile Art Alliance, an affiliate group of the Cleveland Museum of Art held its 2011 Member Show opening at Lorain County Community College. The show will be open until March 17.
TAA supports the textile collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. We raise money from our annual Wearable Art Fashion Show and Boutique in October. We are the one affiliate group of the museum that includes artists. Our group has many talents, weavers, quilters, jewelers, felters, wearable art makers, surface designers, mixed media artists, textile experts, etc. It is a show of many different textile pieces and is a preview of Focus: Fiber that we will hold this December. That show is open to fiber artists in Ohio and its eight contiguous states. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.taacleveland.org
I helped coordinate the member show and will work on Focus: Fiber coordinating entries.
The photo to the left shows my 2 pieces. The turquoise one in the very back is called Her Marriage to Walter Made Marian Feel She Had Become the Little Woman. The gray piece with the row of girls is called Maple Street Girls Club.
In the foreground is Katherine Dunlevey's small purse display. Katherine made a small purse a day for months, inspired by a calendar of purse photos. Her felted vests are on the mannekins in the back.
The three green panels in the background of the last photo was made by Marty Young who quilted tea bags into this these and another large piece.