March 31, 2010

Bricolage Overview

One of the things I've been meaning to do lately is upload work to Flickr so that I have a virtual gallery of sorts. Last night I finally began the project and uploaded my Bricolage series--all 49 of them! The Bricolage series, mixed media collage on a 4" x 4" panel, began back in 2008. It's been a pleasure to view the pieces together as I never have more than 4 or 5 available at one time. If you would like to browse the series, click here. To view available Bricolage pieces, click here.

March 30, 2010

Sushipot Vignette no 5

Sushipot Vignette no 5 (dining room sideboard)

Each image in the Sushipot Vignette series is composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. I've started a small collection of aluminum coffeepots and have not yet decided whether to add to their number. The drawings are from my Pilgrim's Progress series. Take a peek at previous images in my vignette series here.

March 29, 2010

Assemblage Composition

When I create small assemblage pieces I like to plan out several at once. This way I can move from one to the other while paint is drying and resin is curing. These are some of the pieces composed over the weekend. Now I just have to figure out the best way each component should be joined together. They will be in the shop later on in the week.

March 26, 2010

Collection Starters

One of my favorite pastimes is browsing Etsy's incredible vintage department for potential collection starters. Not that I really need to start another collection--it's just a fun way to kill time and find new objects I never knew existed. And, thanks to me, these virtual collections could become the start of your own collection!

Above: Just in time for Easter, a wonderful selection of egg cups for displaying your egg craft masterpieces. (ethanollie, 9.00 each)

I did say no more collections for me, but these old handles might not count. I can always use the excuse of purchasing them as "supplies" for my own work. A lot of my collections have started this way. (dkgeneralstore, $7.00)

These weather beaten croquet balls have stood the test of time. (TheVintageCabin, $32.00)

It's hard to resist these--you don't come across green dice every day. (DecadenceandDecay, $13.00)

Serious collectors are always looking for unique ways to display their collections. This set of apothecary bottles is just the ticket. (lacklusterco, $34.00)

Kitshy, cute and functional--a collector's dream trio. (VintagenReclaimed, $38.00)

So, if you find yourself with extra time on your hands this weekend, try searching for ready made collections on Etsy. You never know what you'll find!

March 25, 2010

Collage in Progress

Today has been one of those days.
A sketchbook collage in progress.
Yes, I always make a huge mess when I work.

March 24, 2010

Insect Imagery

A wealth of antique insect imagery has been acquired here at Sushipot. The book, published in 1878, was picked up at a used book store. The owner said he was about to toss it because of the water damage and dismantled binding. I'm so glad I stopped in and discovered the volume before he did!

Many of the full illustration plates will be posted at Sushipotparts. I've already listed a couple here. Aren't these exquisite?! 

March 23, 2010

Sushipot Vignette no 4

Sushipot Vignette no 4 (objects on living room bookshelf)

Each image in the Sushipot Vignette series is composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. The little devil in this vignette is a small piece by Kentucky folk artist, Ronald Cooper. Take a peek at previous images in my vignette series here.

March 22, 2010

Reinforcements At Play

On one of my recent thrift runs I picked up a package of colorful self adhesive reinforcements--those round thingies you use to fix ripped hole punches. This weekend when Lizzie announced that she was having a "boring afternoon" I handed her a sheet of them. Fifteen minutes later she was engrossed in her drawing of "doughnut people playing outside". Toadstool hopping, stick ball, jump rope, hula hoops.....I just had to share this one! And, just in case you were wondering, the little antenna on each figure are "curls".

March 19, 2010

Spring Has Sprung

Tomorrow marks the first official day of spring so Lizzie and I decided to plant a little flower garden (of buttons!) to celebrate. She had a lot of fun "planting" them in bunches and then in rows. 

When I was growing up we always recited this little ditty:

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the flowers is. 

Now Lizzie is going around the house chanting it and the first thing she did this morning is look out the window reporting back to me that the flowers are STILL hiding.

Have a beautiful weekend and to all of you in the Northern Hemisphere -- Happy Spring!

March 18, 2010

Sketchbook: Hope That I Have

Hope that I have.

A page from the sketchbook last week.

March 17, 2010

Green Ephemera

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Thought I'd share a selection of green ephemera from my ephemeral "pot of gold" in honor of the holiday. This bingo card was added to the collection a few years back while living in Mobile, Alabama. We shared a zip code with VFW Post #49.

This little Green-Cap brownie looks like a leprechaun to me. A page from a 1920 children's reader.

I cannot object to objects in green. Found in a 1952 "Fun Book" for kids.

Gummed fruit-jar canning labels by Larkin, early 1900's.

From the library of Billy Jameson. Inside cover of a 1930's, 2nd grade math book.

I'm not Irish but my husband's name is Patrick (I call him Patty) and he has a few drops of Irish blood so I'll leave you with this Irish toast to friendship:

"Here’s to you and yours,
And to mine and ours,
And if mine and ours ever come
Across you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do
As much for mine and ours,
As mine and ours have done
For you and yours!"

March 16, 2010

Sushipot Vignette no 3

Sushipot Vignette no 3 (top of studio bookshelf)

Each image in the Sushipot Vignette series is composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. This vignette features objects cluttered on top of one of several bookshelves in my studio. Can you tell I have a thing for clowns? Take a peek at previous images in my vignette series here.

March 15, 2010

Parts and Pieces

My obsession with collecting vintage trinkets has taken on a new form over at Sushipotparts. This weekend I put together the first three in a series of found object collections that I am calling "Parts and Pieces". Above is Part and Pieces no 1 (blue).

Slightly spring inspired, Parts and Pieces no 2 (yellow).

Red, red and a tad more red, Parts and Pieces no 3 (red).

Happy Monday! Spring equinox here we come...

March 12, 2010

Old School

After the post office run yesterday I decided to make a quick stop at a hole-in-the-wall thrift shop that I hadn't perused for several months. Lucky for me they had just set out several old school classroom chairs that the university was discarding. After examining all of them I chose the sturdiest one with the most character. 

It's in great condition especially after some dusting, polishing and scraping off the 9 wads of gum found under the desk and seat! 

Am thinking I may scrounge up a pocket knife and add some of my own etchings to the desktop although Lizzie's already claimed it as her new drawing desk. 

This week flew by! I'll see you back here on Monday morning.

March 11, 2010

Sketchbook: 3 Herring

3 Herring.

A page from the sketchbook last night. 

March 10, 2010

Objects of Gray

The sky has been gray and the weather rainy for two looooong days. More rainy days are in the forecast so I found myself scouting around on Etsy for objects of gray to share with you today. Have I ever mentioned that I have a thing for buttons? This card of floral beauties is available at jawwadel, $12.00.

Of all the sewing machines on Etsy--talk about a sculptural object! (bellalulu, $48.00)

Yes, I realize it's white but the photo is grayish and I've had my eye on this voluptuous object for some time. One of the amazing finds at bluebellbazaar, $69.00.

Simply beautiful. (gypsyscaravan9, $15.50)

Never would have guessed these were fishing net buoys had I come across a pile of them. I do know they are crazy cool objects. (stilettogirl, $10.00)

And....of course I had to find an umbrella to finish off this theme of gray. (HazeyJaneVintage, $28.00)

March 9, 2010

Sushipot Vignette no 2

Sushipot Vignette no 2 (detail of inspiration board)

Each image in the Sushipot Vignette series is composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. This vignette features a detail of one of the 2 inspiration boards hanging in my studio. I tack all kinds of ephemera, objects, photos, works in progress and completed works on these boards. They are constantly evolving as work sells and new objects are discovered. You can view the first vignette here. Keep an eye out for Vignette no 3 at some point next week.

March 8, 2010

Spring Fever Finds

Lizzie and I caught a case of the spring fever Friday afternoon and just HAD to get out of the house. We ended up driving around town in search of treasures for the house and shop. After browsing through a thrift shop, used book store and antique store the trunk of the car was full, someone needed coffee (me) and someone else needed a snack (Lizzie). The unique hexagon shapes on this penny rug (circa 1930's) with varying shades of green against the stark black/white background will look lovely in our living room.

Couldn't resist these creatures! Old lures are hard to pass up and make a fun addition in the shop.

A pair of elegant books from the late 1800's on physics and physiology.

This set of old drafting tools spoke to my obsession of aged patinas. Available in the shop here.

Cannot believe I passed this beauty up on my last thrifting adventure and it was still there waiting patiently in a dusty glass case. This charming bridge portfolio could be yours! Take a peek.

It was a well spent March afternoon for sure!

March 5, 2010

Fleur-de-Lys Wall Doll

I've been listening to a recorded reading of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, while I work in my studio. Thus, this new wall doll is titled Fleur-de-Lys after Fleur-de-Lys de Gondelaurier, the fiancée of Phoebus who was the obsession of the gypsy beauty, Esmeralda of whom Fleur-de-Lys was extremely jealous. You can view this new assemblage here.

This weekend will be spent catching up on a lot of things....emails, phone calls, custom orders, etc. Wishing you a productive weekend too. I'll see you back here Monday morning.

March 4, 2010

Blue Sky & Sticks

We have been blessed with beautiful blue skies this week. The highs have actually reached the low 50's! I'm hesitant to share this as I know some of you are still in the throes of winter. Maybe this will offer some hope that spring is coming?

It's been hard to stay indoors so we've gone on a few walks.

An arrangement of sticks Lizzie gathered while "treasure hunting".

Another treasure we documented....proof of spring approaching!

Wishing you a beautiful day no matter what your weather is like :)

March 3, 2010

Doll House no 335

Doll House no 335 (with brain and spine) is available here. The image on this assemblage was gleaned from a physiology and hygiene book published in 1876. Enjoy!

March 2, 2010

Sushipot Vignette no 1

Sushipot Vignette no 1 is the first in a series of images that I will be sharing with you. Each vignette will be composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. This vignette features objects on top of an old hardware store bin that is on the right side of my workspace. Keep an eye out for Vignette no 2 at some point next week.

March 1, 2010

Drilling Blocks

Ended up spending LOTS of time in the studio this weekend. My supply of wood blocks was almost gone so Patrick kindly cut and drilled a fresh batch of them for me.

Luckily, the weather was mild so Lizzie was able to play outdoors while we worked in the woodshop (ie, garage). the shop has been infused with a new selection of collage art blocks. You can take a peek at them here when you have a minute.

Happy March!