Each February MaryLou Zeek Gallery in Salem,Oregon holds a charity art event. The event includes 100 artists and each artist is send the identical item to be used in the final piece of art. This year we were sent a 8 x 8 piece of corregated cardboard. "Shelters" was the name of the show to bring attention to homelessness. The final item can be no larger than 8" x 8". Here is my piece "Dreams of the Little Match Girl".I decided to use this story to show how little progress has been made in the past 100 plus years towads solving this problem. And as a child I always found this story by Hans Christian Anderson to be disturbing and reading it over again now, it is still heartbreaking. If you wish to see the other 99 pieces and artist who participate, go to the MaryLou Zeek Gallery and click on "Shelters". There are some wonderful pieces in the collection!
Here is the sample from a class I taught on Saturday. The paper doll wears a skirt, which is a book with 10 signatures. And the entire piece stands on a box. The skirt/book is designed to be removable, so it can be collaged, embellished and re-attached.
And here are some of the class pieces...
Carol even had time to get some of the pages collaged!
As I was browsing in the files tonight I found a picture of the piece I did for the Go Red For Women Luncheon in Hartford this February. The dresses are made of paper, dipped in beeswax with resin, the background is watercolor collage.
I saw Shirley was talking about studios and how to make them not only look inviting, but have usable space as well. This is a problem I face, too. I have lots of cool pieces of furniture to hold my supplies, but perhaps too many supplies as they are all full and space is limited. I now have to dodge frames, books, and etc. to enter the room.... Here have a look... I do have lots of nice windows - which can lead to daydreaming... And this next picture looks a bit like a tipsy Alice in Wonderland... adventure!