I create the unexpected in the form of books and boxes. Using paper, paint, ink, and found objects, I construct vessels that require closer inspection to discover hidden elements. No two pieces are the same.
I love art classes. Because I don’t have any formal education in art beyond a couple classes in junior high and high school, I eagerly learn from other artists. This evening I took a class online from Tiare Smith (tiaresmith.com) through the Art is Magic Retreat. I had to improvise on a couple supplies, but ended up with this 7.5 x 11 inch watercolor (mostly) painting.
I seem to be going through a book phase. Part of it stems from my love for the store in Albuquerque called Creative Culture. They carry a gorgeous selection of Nepalese paper, among other cards and gift items.
These books were created from a kit. They are Tibetan style books put together with a pamphlet stitch.
I made this little book in a class taught by Mita Saldana (you can see her work at atgbooksnm.com). It’s a concertina-type book with pages inside folded to hold postcards. The paper with the bird on the front and the feather design paper inside are some of my favorites, in spite of the fact that I rarely use the pink and brown color combo in other works. Maybe that’s why I like the book. It’s different from anything else I’ve done.
Quite often when I see another artist’s work I want to touch it. Photos just don’t capture the texture and depth of the art. I feel the same about these pages. Each one used a different technique, several that were new to me. The cover was done with an alphabet stencil, embossing paste, and iridescent powders. I love that technique and will probably be using it more and more often, especially in collage pieces, as I expand my collection of stencils.
My mother quilts. She recently completed something called a “Dear Jane” quilt using Civil War replica fabrics. I had someone cut a chipboard book of the word “Quilts.” Then I used some of her scrap fabrics from the Dear Jane project and incorporated them into this board book. I also incorporated snippets of several designs from the quilt blocks into the book design. Because I made this with my mother in mind I used her first initial, “K”, within the design of each page.
I started the Quilts board book in early fall 2013. My daughter was in 7th grade. She is now a freshman in college. In the middle, a lot of life happened. This week I finally sent Quilts to its intended recipient and she loves it.
It’s rare that I paint without gluing junk and stuff to it and collaging the entire piece. But, under the guidance of Annie Lockhart (www.annielockhart.com) I did just that. The pieces took a full weekend to complete. The top photo is a 30″ x 40″ stretched canvas. The bottom piece measures 36″ x 36″. Both abstracts were done with acrylic paint.
Who knew, right? A wonderful woman by the name of Cynde Tagg introduced the idea of using teabags as an art supply to me. Preparation is simple. Drink tea, dry the teabag, then flatten the tea bag. The pieces shown here were made by adding paint, ink, and embellishments to a few teabags. The piece on the right is a single fold greeting card.