Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Strange Abacus

This week, I finally finished a bubble I began neigh on three years ago. It’s amazing what one finds in the studio detritus when cleaning and organizing!

Strange Abacus

This bubble manifested from part of a Tim Holtz blister pack. It was the insert that held things in place. I strung beads from end to end through each row, allowing them to move freely within their sections. Once done, I found a 4 x 6 index card on which I’d been playing with inks and stitched the pack to it.

Not so sure that I like the end result, but there is something to be said for it being finished at last!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Star of St. Vincent

This particular Monday Morning Mail Art Call (MMMAC) is visually inspiring.

It asks that you use the Star of St. Vincent, also known as the Black Star of Digne, as your inspiration, but gives you free reign as to how to do so. I have thought of several ways to create pieces for this call since first running across it and am itching to create a piece.

mail art call 2016 - arte correo argentina - star of digne

intergalactic MAIL ART CALL // МЭЙЛ АРТ  //ARTE CORREO //邮件艺术 // ART POSTAL

1st International MAIL CART CALL & EXHIBITION in Digne-Les-Bains (Provence, France)

The local news blog “Digne ma ville” organizes from March 1 to September 1, 2016, in partnership with UNESCO Geopark of Haute-Provence, the first international mail art project on the theme of the Star of Digne-les-Bains (Provence, France).

Draw your inspiration from the Star of Digne and send your mail art before 1st September 2016 !

Theme: Black Star ( or “Star of St. Vincent ” ) of Digne-les-Bains (Provence, France))

Techniques: all

Size: 40 x 40 cm MAX

Deadline : 1st September 2016

Exhibition: yes , all the works received will be exhibited on September 2016 !

Send your artwork to:

Appel à Art postal – Etoile de Digne

10 , impasse de la Lauze

04510 Aiglun 

France

You have a while to come up with something for this call, as the deadline isn’t until September 1st. Hope you’re inspired. As always, we’d be interested to see your interpretation of the theme.

Some of you have been asking if I have been submitting to these calls and if perhaps I might share my work with you. With that in mind, here is the piece I sent in for the Urban Landscape Mail Art Exhibition:

Stormy Citiscape Urban Mail Art Call 2016 UK

Stormy Citiscape

There’s still time to participate in the Urban Landscape call, as the deadline isn’t until May 31st. If you’re interested, you can find that MMMAC post here: https://trashbubblesandlifeslittlebits.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/monday-morning-mail-art-call-urban-landscape-mail-art-exhibition/

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Outbound Mail Art: Two Weeks Worth!

The following postcards were mailed within the past two weeks. Some have already landed, while others are just about to do so.

Gold and Silver-Red Wheels Turnin' I

Gold & Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ 1 of 2

These two were created as one piece and cut in half.

Gold and Silver-Red Wheels Turnin' II

Gold & Silver Red Wheels Turnin’ 2 of 2

Ephemera shows up from time to time in my collages. This is one of my faves. Using a page from an S&H Green Stamp book, I built upon it with fiber, paper scraps and machine stitching.

Not Ben Franklin's Savings Plan to Julia

Not Ben Franklin’s Savings Plan!

The Dada Doodle below is another from the Silver on Black doodle series.

Dada Doodle ASKEW - to C Tarantino

Dada Doodle: ASKEW

Acrylic painted envies with rubber stamped images are fast and fun! Love ’em!

Mixed-media envie

Mixed-media envie

Simple minimalist collages are often the most effective. The elements in this one came from stickers on consumer shrink wrapped packages. No glue required!

Bluebird's Revenge

Bluebird’s Revenge

Tomato Salad is another in the Consumer Consciousness series that took what seemed like forever to complete.

Consumer Consciousness: Tomato Salad to Aaron Held

Consumer Consciousness: Tomato Salad

The last piece was created in response to a call from a mail art friend to send her a word on a postcard. She’ll be using them to compose poetry, so I have decided to send her one a week.

Erica Durante WORDS: Dream

Words: Dream

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Pan Lite

Today’s Trash Bubble was made from consumer packaging that closely resembles the product it once held. These kinds of plastic bubbles offer a jumping off point of sorts and I enjoy working with them.

This piece was originally the plastic sleeve for a flash light of some sort. It had spacers that extended out from the main body, to fill the space in the box it came in and keep it from rattling around. I removed those with scissors, as it made securing the sides easier and less bulky.

To begin, I filled the small cavities with game piece letter blocks, giving title to the piece. Next, I added “buttons” to the little divots where it seems the on/off button was on the product. Then I added printed washi tape (Tim Holtz) to the edges to define the piece. Note: static is not your friend when working with post consumer plastic as it is a magnet for the finest hairs and dust, which can clearly be seen in the first photo.

Pan Lite (beginning)

Below are are some photos of the finished product. I had wanted to use short lengths of electrical wires and electronic components, but opted instead for trash bits because I didn’t want someone to mistake it for an explosive device. If it weren’t traveling “naked” through the mail, I would’ve stuck with my original vision.

FRONT:

Pan Lite (front)

Pan Lite (front top close-up)

Pan Lite (front middle close-up)

Pan LIte (front bottom close-up)

BACK:

Pan Lite (back)

Pan Lite (back top close-up)

Pan Lite (main body close-up)

It was fun to assemble. I can only hope that the receiver enjoys it. 😀

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Feed the Fish

This week’s Monday Morning Mail Art Call is as special as the couple hosting it. Moan Lisa, the mail art legend and digital artist known to many of us as Mark Rossmiller, of Iowa and his lovely counterpart, Renata Solimini, of Rome have been working on a collaboration of grand proportions. Their Feed The Fish exhibition is upcoming at Five Monkeys, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa from April 1-7, 2016.

To coordinate with the exhibition, they have issued a mail art call whose theme is FISH. The pieces they receive will be on display at the exhibition. Use the following link to check out the details: http://moanlisa.com/blog/2015/11/05/feed-the-fish-exhibition-five-monkeys-inc

You may recall that I was carving rubber stamps of fish last week… They were for use in creating mail art pieces for this particular call. This is what transpired…

School of FISH

School of FISH

School of FISH Bones

School of FISH Bones

FISH in the Round

FISH in the Round

On Saturday, February 27th, I was honored to have been able to spend some time with Moan (Mark) and be there to support him as he had his first one man show, Signs of Nonexistence, at the Christine Frechard Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.

With Moan Lisa (Mark Rossmiller) at the Christine Frechard Gallery 2/27/2016

His digital artwork is even more impressive on a larger scale. I was taken in by the movement of the pieces and their magical, ethereal quality.

A glimpse of Moan's Gallery Opening

Books of Moan’s poetry were offered for sale at the gallery. Many folks were very interested in the poetry and taken in by the artwork on the books’ covers. Christine, the gallery owner was able to persuade Moan to read for a few of us at the end of the evening.

Moan's Poetry Reading

As I am a huge fan of Mark’s poetry, it was a special treat to hear them read aloud by him. I am used to trying to find quiet moments alone where I can read them aloud to myself, as I find they are more alive and vivid in their imagery that way. You can find the current editions available and other bits of Moan’s work for sale here: http://moanlisa.com/shop/

Do think about sending something for the Feed The Fish mail art call. And if you are in the Pittsburgh area between now and April 1st, do stop into the Christine Frechard Gallery to view Moan’s offerings. You won’t be disappointed, I assure you.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

 

Tuesday Trash Bubbles: Original Quadra Trash Bubble

Usually, my Trash Bubbles are created from one, single post consumer package. Often, they are too small to mail as art and are used as ornaments and gift tags, or are added to a larger flat piece for posting.

Close-up Original Quadra Trash Bubble (top)

This time, I broke the confines of my own definition by building a piece made up of FOUR!!! identical packages.

Introducing the Original Quadra Trash Bubble!

Original Quadra Trash Bubble

These pieces were anchored together using Tim Holtz’s Tiny Attacher, permanent double-sided tape and seals.

The interior packing cards were replaced by heavy paper cut to size, and folded accordingly to mimic the original.

Original Quadra Trash Bubble close-up (bottom)

Despite using trash as filler for these pieces, I follow closely the elements of art composition. Form. Line. Color. Space. Texture. Doing so turns the trashy bits into a cohesive art form.

Original Quadra Trash Bubble close-up

This particular piece is heading to a fellow mail artist in New Hampshire. You may recognize him as having been around a while.

Original Quadra Trash Bubble (back)

Be sure to check back next Tuesday for another installment of Tuesday Trash Bubbles.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

Spooky Happenings at the Studio

Returning from a dry spell, during which my mother passed away… It’s been difficult to find my way back, but persistence is key. I let the season and a deadline inspire me. This is what transpired….

Retro Café Art Gallery held the 2015 Tombstone Swap. I didn’t want to miss out so I set to work…

Humble beginnings

I always make a set to swap and a set for myself. The results looked like this…

RIP

The Twins, Hazel and Penelope Poison

The Twins, Hazel and Penelope Poison

Bat Juice

Great Grandpa Hubert and his Bride

Great Grandpa Hubert and his Bride

Kristin, at RCAG, always gets the most flattering pics of my Tombstones…

RCAG pic of my 2015 Tombstones

The swap has concluded and these are the Tombstones I received from Linda Morgan: http://purplecatcards.blogspot.com/ Kay Pierce, Rebekka Reinsch and Gerri Herbst: http://gerriherbst.blogspot.com/. The cat is an adorable magnet from Kristin… such a sweetheart, she always tosses in a handmade gift!

2015 Tombstones Received

Thank you to everyone who missed my posts and routinely checked in. I felt the love.

I’m off to clean windows and stock firewood!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

This Week in the Studio: Finnabair Inspired

Having purchased some round canvases a few months back, I’d been toying with ideas for their use. One idea played out in the studio this past week and I thought I’d share it with you here.

If you’re familiar with Finnabair, you’ll immediately see where my inspiration originated. If you’re not, you can see her work here: http://tworzysko.blogspot.com/

This piece began with a black gessoed canvas that had been gone over with a stencil and white acrylic. I chose a black and white photograph of Louise Brooks, early Hollywood movie star, as my focal point.

In keeping with the black and white palette, I added metal/silver and got to work.

At this stage, I was plotting out where things would go…

Finnabair Inspired Louise Brooks In Progress

Old and new combined here to create an interesting array. The intention was to tightly pack the bits and bobbles. This was the final result…

Finnabair Inspired Louise Brooks

Here are a few close-ups of the detail…

Finnabair Inspired Lousie Brooks Close-up Detail

Finnabair Inspired Lousie Brooks Close-up Detail

There are probably a few things I’d have done differently, if I had it to do over again. As this was an experiment, that is to be expected. Overall, I am pleased with the results of my efforts.

Have you created any Finnabair inspired work? Please feel free to share in the comments, if you have. Simply use your photo’s url to link it in the comments.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

New to Me: Hand-Painted Washi Tape

Most of you are aware of my complete obsession with washi tape. If you’re not, maybe this will give you an idea as to how addicted I am…

My Washi Tape Collection

Hand-painted washi tape was introduced to me by a friend and fellow artist, Jackie Davidson. I first noticed it on an envelope she’d sent to me. The colors were vibrant and the texture was heaven to my finger tips!

JackieTapeInspiredTOEnvie

I loved it so much that I was inspired to carefully remove it and use it as the basis for another piece of mail art. Those torn bits that playfully form the diagonal? Those are Jackie’s. It was originally one strip. I added bits of hand painted Indian papers given to me by another friend, Jessica Manack.

When Jackie saw how much I enjoyed the tape, she sent me a small bit leftover from that same batch, about the size of an artist trading card. So what’s a girl to do? I made an ATC using Jackie’s tape as my background! It just so happened that Nancy Baumiller of Crow About Studios-B had just released her latest kit, Ballyhoo Mail Art, to her creative team and I had great fun combining the two! If you’d like to check it out, you can find the new kit here: http://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=23072&cat&page

Be Brave ATC

Be Brave ATC created using elements from the Ballyhoo Mail Art kit by Crow About Studio-B!

Over the holiday weekend, I found myself with some spare studio time. I seized the opportunity to play and created a sheet of my own hand-painted washi tape. I can say with certainty that I am hooked!

Hand-painted Washi Tape July 2015

You can see that I’ve already begun cutting strips and pieces.

Making your own hand-painted washi tape offers so much versatility! I love that you can cut your sheet into strips, or use sections. Please let me know if you try it, or if you’ve tried it previously. Keep in mind that you can add pictures in your comments by copying and pasting a URL.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!

 

 

This Week in the Studio: Going Postal Mail Art!

Crow About Studio-B, run by artist Nancy Baumiller, recently added me to their creative team. An exciting step forward for me, I was eager to get to work!

Last week, Crow About Studios-B released their latest kit, Going Postal-Mail Art. It was, as most of you can guess, right up my alley. Her bits and pieces have a Zetti feel with which I felt right at home. You can find the kit here, if you are interested: https://www.mischiefcircus.com/shop/product.php?productid=23051&cat=0&page=1 The downloadable kit is currently on sale at 20% off for $4.80.

Free-Spirited

Free-Spirited was the first piece I created. It is, as one might expect, a piece of mail art in the form of a postcard. I used the Retro Café Art Gallery chipboard postcard blank for this piece. You can find them for purchase here: http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_6279/Chipboard-Postcards–Style-1–Set-of-4.htm There are nine styles from which to choose, but this one suited my purposes best. They come 4 to a pack for $3.99.

Not limiting myself to mail art, I wanted to try an altered art piece using the kit. I found a small paper mache mailbox at my local craft store. I couldn’t wait to get into the studio with it! This is what transpired:

Mail Art Mailbox I

Mail Art Mailbox II

Mail Art Mailbox III

Mail Art Mailbox IV

Mail Art Mailbox V

Mail Art Box VI

Working on another postcard and some ATCs, so I’d best get back to the studio!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!