My new home and studio are located in the lovely, historic little town of La Conner, WA, on the banks of the Swinomish Channel. I love it here...some of my new neighbors are hawks, seals and blue herons, and the actual humans all seem to be warm, interesting people.
La Conner has long attracted artists and writers, and this weekend will be celebrating the 33rd annual Arts Alive festival, November 3, 4 & 5, 2017. I'm honored to have two pieces included in the Skagit Artists Open Juried Show, and there are art shows and exhibitions all over town this weekend -- come visit!
...up here in my new little town of La Conner and found two 1912 Christian Herald magazines among the old issues of Time, American Boater, and Better Homes and Gardens. As I paid for them, the lady at the desk observed that they were "kinda skinny" so she only charged me a quarter each, instead of the usual 50 cents. Be still, my wildly beating collagist's heart!
I was "otherwise engaged" this summer, as were many of my friends on the Kollage Kit website, so we took a summer-long hiatus...but now we're back!
The theme this week is "three pieces of paper" (meaning: make a simple collage using no more than three pieces). It's an excellent theme and here are my three pieces for this theme, each with no more than three pieces.
It will be another couple weeks before I'm able to get back to work (changing my circumstances, relocating to a new town, etc., etc., etc.), but today I felt the need to do a little bit of collage work...
12"x16.5" Magazine & book scraps on 1928 litho print.
"That Day at the Lake" is a recently-completed artist's book. Background images were printed on tissue paper, and then spray mounted on pages made from remnants of an old player piano roll. The player piano paper is interesting -- ivory colored and very transparent. The Images are collaged from magazine scraps and inkjet pictures, the text is original. Covers are ivory cloth-covered boards, with the cover image printed directly on the book cloth. Size: 7.75"h x 6.0" w, 22 pgs. Here are the beginning pages:
Three collage friends (me, Sabine Remy in Germany, and Josephine Wicherts in Holland) periodically complete a round of three-way collaborative collages, nicknamed "tricollages." This time each of us created two similar collage starters and then circulated those to the other two for completion. It has been fun to see the similarities and differences in each set. Here are the results.
Sabine circulated two versions of a large, Dada map of Zurich:
Die Grossen Drei (The Big Three)
started by Sabine, added to by Josephine, finished by Lynn
Guide to a Better Dada Story
Started by Sabine, added to by Lynn, finished by Josephine
Josephine started two black and white "museum" scenes:
started by Josephine, added by Sabine, finished by Lynn
When You Are Caught by Art
started by Josephine, added to by Lynn, finished by Sabine
I sent around two black and white fashion models with neutral backgrounds:
A Contemporary Dress Inspired by Velasquez
started by Lynn, added to by Sabine, finished by Josephine
The Inside and the Outside
started by Lynn, added to by Josephine, finished by Sabine
"Self Culture" is an almost-completed altered book that offers advice about living one's life on the wilder side. The original book is a slim late-1880's volume entitled On Self Culture in Phonography, written entirely in phonetic shorthand as a "vade mecum" for the intellectual, physical and moral betterment of young men. ("Vade mecum" apparently means a useful guide that one always keeps handy on one's person for easy consultation.) I've printed the background images on some used teabags, and then collaged some human/animal hybrids on each page. The text is typed in on my vintage Adler typewriter. Here are a few pages:
Just finished collaging some bird women onto an old player piano roll (Duo-Art #6489, PERPETUAL MOTION Rondo, Op. 24, date unknown). Figures are from magazine scraps, background is printed on tissue paper, Turned out nicely, I think...
Heading down to Portland in a few minutes to attend the artists' reception for a new exhibit called "BUILT," which opened yesterday at the wonderful 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, OR. The show includes book and paper art examining the relationship between contemporary book art and architecture. There are fantastic pieces in this exhibit, well worth a trip. I am pleased to have two little books on view:
La Cite des Animaux
(an accordion-style book about a deserted white city)