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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.


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.

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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!


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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.

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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.

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Last Saturday, a free summer afternoon and my raw, creative energy inspired me to revisit these dream jar assemblages. Small collages I created and printed on card stock are inserted into the center of the jar. Moss, beads, rhinestones, charms, flowers and sequin birds embellish the cards; it’s a very spontaneous, random process. Lids are colored with paint, wrapped in vintage trims and rickrack or layered with an assortment of fabric flowers and wine corks. What began as a plain store-bought jar is now transformed into a imaginative little glass composition filled with paper, beads and glitter. Now my shelves are filled with eye candy and I cannot wait to create more! Enjoy!

Old catalogs given to me became this collage — pieces of images and type created the textured, abstract background, then I painted over it and dressed with a layer of glitter. Little buttons add a statement and finish the collage. Created last weekend when I had a brief break! The deer is from my vintage illustration collection.

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