The Advent wreath takes me back to my childhood. When I was in Catholic school, every year, on the first Art day after thanksgiving, out came the green, purple and pink construction and the jars of paste--remember those? We carefully constructed our wreathes, adding the three purple candles and one pink--purple for penitence and pink for the third Sunday- pink for rejoicing because we were getting close to the celebration and rejoicing. We carefully drew our flames and cut them out, and pasted one onto the first candle. Our wreathes had a prominent place on our house, and we carefully and reverently "lit" a candle every Sunday until Christmas.
I bought this itty bitty sewing machine specifically for sewing on paper. I do have a "real" Singer machine, and have had for 30 odd years, but it's spent the last decade in the bottom of the closet, but in my present locale, there is absolutely NO space for a studio room , and this tiny , cheerfully noisy little beauty will fit on my bookshelf.
Here's what I've been doing the last few days.
Now, if I can just find my mail art address book........
Watercolor paper covered with washi tape, then gessoed, collaged with newspaper and printed paper napkins. next a stencil I made of women holding hands, and then a jelly roll pen for the scribbles and words.
Oh Lord if you're listening, you know I'm no Christian And I ain't got much coming to me So send down some sunshine, throw out your lifeline And keep me from blowing away Oh lord if you hear me, touch me and hold me And keep me from blowing away
"...captures an electric personality with psychological acuity while capturing the freewheeling atmosphere of America in the turbulent years following World War I. After "Renascence" was published (when she was only 20) and she moved to Greenwich Village, Millay was the queen of bohemia, taking lovers with zest and voicing the reckless gaiety of a generation in her famous lyric, "My candle burns at both ends; / It will not last the night; / But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends-- / It gives a lovely light." With her flame-red hair, milk-white skin, and a voice that thrilled audiences (making her poetry readings a welcome source of income), Millay was the archetypal "new woman": powerful, passionate, and not to be ignored. But Milford makes it clear that her first loyalty was to her mother and sisters, and her deepest commitment to her writing. This juicy chronicle has famous names aplenty--critic Edmund Wilson and Masses editor Floyd Dell were among the men devastated by her refusal to be faithful--and lots of dissipation: Millay drank heavily and became addicted to morphine. It also takes a perceptive look at how an artist draws material from her life and at the strategies she uses to protect the wellsprings of creativity." (From a review of "Savage Beauty", a biography of Edna St Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford.)
Made this yesterday, but didn't get to post it. Another of the Strong Women series, Camille Claudel.
An older sister of poet, playwrigth and diplomat Paul Claudel, beautiful, talented Camille Claudel (1864-1943), at the age of 20, became mistress, model and collaborator of Auguste Rodin, who admired her sculpture and was influenced by it. When she broke with Rodin, who refused to marry her, she continued to sculpt, paint and exhibit. But in time, living in poverty and semi-obscurity, she destroyed some of her work, her friendships and family ties, and became "nothing more than an anxious shadow hiding in the recesses of her dark studio, asking only for silence and oblivion." In 1913, Paul Claudel had his reclusive, paranoid, now unattractive sister incarcerated, and she remained in sanatoriums for the rest of her life.
I was looking at ways to duplicate a gelli plate without the expense of buying one--I already spend WAY too much on art supplies, and really don't want the mess and storage of making one. I found a tutorial that uses a plastic sheet protector, the clear plastic type that goes n a 3 ring binder. I put an old magazine inside to give it a bit of padding, and have been making papers since yesterday. Not very good ones yet, but not bad either.
I made this small duck tape journal a few months ago It's made of scrapbook paper, with 20 6 x 6" pages. Since the other side of each page is blank white, I used the prints I made as backgrounds. Also magazine cutouts, washi tape,random words, jelly pen and sharpies. The lines on the pictures are white acrylic applied with a very dry brush.