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Vintage Town+Country Images collaged on tags and hung on gold tree

 

I created the tags on this gold tree from vintage 1946 Town & Country magazines I purchased at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. I was intrigued by these glamorous, socialite women modeling furs, dresses and jewelry of the era. The opulence of the outfits and the hollywood-esque photography inspired me to create a few gift tags with some of the images. Five tags turned into ten, then twenty. A tree branch mounted into a discarded log from my yard, and spray painted gold completed the display. The finished project measures 28 inches high x 24 inches wide. It has become an impressive focal point in my art studio.

What made this project especially interesting was as I looked through these magazines, I discovered a historical, visual catalogue of style in postwar America. World War II had just ended and here was an elite magazine catering to wealthy women, all eager to be new and beautiful. Page after page showcases air travel, cars, boats, gin, perfume, makeup and of course fashion. Even the copywriting is full of spring & promise — “… new length, new sleeves, new collar and in the new again silky flat fur … fabulous!”

My small collages were created by clipping out the women and adhering them with glue to kraft paper tags, smudging rubber stamp ink and acrylic paint along the edges and background. I embellished the images with vintage buttons, paper flowers, tinsel, vintage rick rack, scraps of paper, tickets, small beads and paper butterflies. All the tags were finished with glitter and scrap ribbon. The seasons are consistently referenced in the ads and so the branches, with the tags tied to it, made the perfect presentation.

Typology, The Landscape of Typography May 26, 2015 Rome / SVAMFA Summer Program

”A designer without a sense of history is worth nothing.” — Massimo Vignelli

This morning’s lecture by Steven Heller presented lettering, display faces and graphic design. He explained the landscape of typography from early advertising and art display type, through Art Nouveau and Bauhaus, to the computer. Examples of letterpress, stencils and hand drawing were shown, as were movie titles and a television commercial. He condensed 100+ years of typographic history into an engaging, and at times humorous, two hour presentation. Work by Kurt Schwitters, Fortunato Depero, Phil Gips, Herbert Bayer, Paula Scher, David Carson, P. Scott Makela and Jonny Hannah created an inspiring snapshot of typography’s top influencers and revolutionaries. I was so inspired by a slide Steve showed of Bruno Munari’s playful type work, I stopped at a bookstore and bought “Alfabetiere.” Also, I am happy to report I now know what a pantograph is ­and­­ have been officially introduced to Seymour Chwast’s quirky ­1970’s ­­typeface, Blimp. Still, I have much to learn!

night gardens march 6 2015

 

Here is one of my newest collages — assembled from assorted pages from an old map book and random images from some magazines.

celebrating the art of a handwritten note

Here are some new letter pressed note cards I just designed. Although I do not receive a lot of letters anymore, I still love to write and send cards in the mail. It’s a joy to open a mailbox and see a hand addressed envelope tucked in with the bills and flyers. In an era of email and texting, corresponding with pen on beautiful paper, is still my preferred method of communicating.

Whirl around Paris with Belle (Day 19 collage)

Collage I created from a Toulouse-Lautrec postcard, scraps from a magazine, ripped pages from an old french dictionary, rick-rack & feathers. Visiting Paris in October was inspiring and I see how it is influencing the themes of my collage work.

Assemblage Day 16

Decoupaged wood transformed into an assemblage — wine glass, moss, a porcelain doll head, paint + other ephemera. My daily goal of posting of posting a project on social media is being realized as I am making the time to create everyday. Not easy with the amount of design work I have currently, but I have made this personal project a high priority.

collage cubed

New collage for my 2014 Day 10 project :: blocks of wood covered with papers I purchased in Paris, scraps and other little bits of ephemera. Fun addition to my desk; they keep me inspired.

Today’s project posted is a departure from the usual flat collages I have been doing. To brighten this January Monday, I post a collaboration between my husband and I: a small Parisian-inspired shadowbox. I had purchased two finials and when I opened the packaging, I realized the cardboard box it came in was an interesting shape. It resembled a stage. So with imagination, paper dancing girls, a horse, mirrors and a little bit of collage with french dictionary pages, and some lights, which Conrad enthusiastically contributed, we completed this small, rosy-glowing theatre. Peek inside; we hope it brightens + warms your day!

 

cancan theatre

 

 

After spending occasional afternoons creating little collages last year and randomly posting them to social media, I decided 2014 would be the year I attempt to create a collage/assemblage a day. It is an ambitious effort as my days tend to fill with other priorities, but I thought it would be fun to at least see how many collages I can create. The goal is to create something quick + fun; not to be labored. These fast exercises actually keep me sane when I am in the midst of massive deadlines with my design business and assist me with at creative solutions on a graphic project. I believe in play, the random joy a little collage can be + an unexpected solution. There are no mistakes here. Here’s to the beginning of a creative 2014.

Pages of collages week 1 2014

 

 

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Here is another dream world sealed in glass. After posting my project and writing the description on my blog on Tuesday, I did a little research online for “assemblage”. I  happily discovered an artist by the name of Lynne Parks, who creates amazing assemblages in old printers trays. She fills each of the small compartments with vintage treasures — tiny bits of discarded ephemera. I loved this quote by her. “When you treat scraps with reverance it redefines what has value.” So true.