Tuesday, 19 September 2017

She's Leaving Home

I have always loved the Beatle's song "She's Leaving Home". The doll who appears to be doing the same has been cut out for some time and I decided now was the time to paste her down. I have always loved the artist Ralph Blakelock. The background is an oil on canvas, circa 1885, entitled "The Three Trees". Lastly I felt the collage needed more than the doll and the painting so I pasted them all down on the cover of a brochure I picked up. What you see is a portion of the Société Anonyme Signboard, no date, paint on panel, artist unknown.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Marie Toilette's live performance of her 'Apple-tree Dance' ..

Unfortunately Marie couldn't find the right apples so she improvised with balls of wool, but due to her very expressive dancing style these almost got her strangled.
Luckily for us she turned back to knitting warm undergarment again ;))

Saturday, 16 September 2017

the object of their attention

My husband Bob, who has a PhD. in botany, says the tree is a laurel oak, and based on the vegetation growing on it, places its location as in or close to the panhandle of Florida.

Friday, 15 September 2017

In the News

Three current news stories that loom large in my mind. First "The Wall" that continues to be talked about. The background is a scene from Big Bend National Park, Texas. The Rio Grande emerges meekly from Santa Elena Canyon. The cliff on left is Mexico, the right one, in the United States. Second, the palm trees represent the destruction of recent hurricanes Irma and Harvey. Lastly, today NASA's Cassini spacecraft took a death plunge into Saturn which it so brilliantly photographed for the last 13 years in orbit.

Through Bush and Brier

Thursday, 14 September 2017

trees by steinweiss

While thumbing through a set of old vinyl album covers in a datebook, I was surprised to see that five out of the twelve covers had trees on them.

All drawings of trees—presumably dated 1940s—from a book titled Alex Steinweiss: The Inventor of the Modern Album Cover. Black-and-white photo (1947) of Alex Steinweiss himself.

THEME: Tree(s)

This one is straightforward: just include a tree, or multiple trees, in your collage.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The Roman Cult of Mithras

I found the image of the bust of Mithras, ca 200AD and the hand in the same book, but they were not linked in any way. I pasted the bust and the hand down (on an image of the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico) and then cut up letters to serve as asemic writing. I was going to make up a story about a "secret handshake and password" to enter the caves where the followers met. AND THEN I GOOGLED Mithras and discovered this! (I swear I did not know what the initiates called themselves--please read.)

From Wikipedia:

Mithraism, also known as the Mithraic mysteries, was a mystery religion centered around the god Mithras that was practiced in the Roman Empire from about the 1st to the 4th century CE. The religion was inspired by Persian worship of the god Mithra (proto-Indo-Iranian Mitra), though the Greek Mithras was linked to a new and distinctive imagery, and the level of continuity between Persian and Greco-Roman practice is debated. The mysteries were popular in the Roman Military.

Worshippers of Mithras had a complex system of seven grades of initiation and communal ritual meals. Initiates called themselves syndexioi, those “united by the handshake”. They met in underground temples, called Mithraea, which survive in large numbers. The cult appears to have had its centre in Rome.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

'got those old asemic blues

Black asemic writing by yours truly.

talkin' 'bout that weird beast

Chrome shark by Philippe Pasqua. Black asemic writing by yours truly.

By the way, if you happen to like sharks (I sure do!), go to usps.com and check out the new shark stamps—way cool!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

asemic numero uno

From my archives. Cut-paper collage with acrylic paint: my first attempt at asemic writing. (The border is asemic writing, as well as what's inside.) I should give glancing credit to Nigel Pennick's historical compilation, Magical Alphabets, since I flipped through it quickly before making this piece. The background is a collage of paper tapes from 7 Gypsies.

THEME: Asemic Writing

"Asemic" means "having no meaning." Your challenge this week is to incorporate some asemic writing in a collage. You can use the asemic writing as a background; you can write it on a strip of paper and glue it down; you can scribble it on top of your collage; you can use pieces of paper to make one big asemic ideogram... any way you want to do it. I'll be posting an example of asemic writing from my archives, but if you haven't done asemic writing before, I encourage you to google it and look at more examples for inspiration. Have fun!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sunday, 20 August 2017

New stories from the left over

At the moment I prefer to work with the left over cut outs I always keep after I finished 
a collage project. I did a whole deck of these "Left Overs" some years ago
- and now here are some new stories.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

two birds

Say, y'all, do you want to do some planning for who's going to do the themes, starting on the first Thursday in September? I'd like to sign up for October. Do I have any volunteers for September, November, and December?

Monday, 14 August 2017

I've done only one (ONE! ONE!!!) collage this summer...

...and here it is:
Adam Considers Trading Eve In for a Newer Model,
Concocts Serpent Story

Thinks will settle for me in late August, and I'm looking forward to re-joining the Kollage Kit Parade!

Surreal Cheap Hoot

I found a couple of old Practical Householder mags from the 50's in a recent "auto jumble" and this is the first. I made one a few years ago using the same front cover.

Cinema DaDa

My entry for mail art call “Cinema Dada"
Deadline: March 1, 2018 – so, if you are interested ……

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Exhibition in line

I´m planning my exhibition "Das zweite Leben" including the three huge anatomical panels 
(beside other collages) at ART-Surgery Blankenstein. Opening will be on 30. August. 
Oboe you can see the invitation card which has to be folded two times so you can send it via letter.

Monday, 31 July 2017

silvery objects with boxfish

Greetings, fellow Kollage Kitters! I am struggling a lot with my damaged legs, but I am walking around, very slowly, and basically doing fine. I can't get up the stairs and down the hallway to my studio very often, but I am in my studio right now, as I am typing these words. =smile=

I made this collage for a swap on swap-bot. The title of the swap was "Put a Fish on It." The challenge was to make a collage postcard with a fish on it, then write on the back, including your partner's postal address and appropriate stamp(s), and mail it to them. I like to get my postcards hand-cancelled, with that attractive round date stamp the clerk uses. In order to do that, Bob (my husband) has to drive me to the post office and then get my wheelchair out of the trunk of the car. I wheel myself into the post office, because I cannot stand up for that long of a time. I wait in line, then get my postcard hand-cancelled. It's fun! It's part of the performance that is mail art, because mail art is a performance art. The clerk and all the other postal employees who helped convey this postcard to my partner in Wisconsin, collaborated with me in this performance. Now I have heard back from my partner that she received it, so the performance is over, and I can show this collage to other people—like you, my friends—without spoiling the surprise.

I don't know if you guys know about swap-bot, but it is a wonderful place. Many tens of thousands of people participate in swap-bot. (Here it is, so you can check it out if you want to.) The way it works is that you sign up for a swap, then you are given two partners: one to whom you send your swap item (e.g., a collage postcard), and one who sends a swap item to you. (In some swaps, you have more than two partners.) When the woman in Wisconsin received this fish postcard, she posted a "rating" to my profile on swap-bot. I responded by thanking her for the rating. The rating can include a comment, feedback on the swap. Feedback feeds my soul!

Anyway, check it out and learn more about swap-bot, if you want to. It's a fabulous place for an artist to make mail art, because you have a deadline—a date by which you're supposed to mail the swap item—and then you get feedback... just like we do on the Kollage Kit. When I was first becoming a collage artist, in early 2010, I learned a whole lot, just by participating in swaps on swap-bot.

Best wishes, my friends! Please remember: feedback feeds my soul. =smile=

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

New CURIOS THING 'zine coming soon.

Not quite done yet but in production over the Summer. 16 pages of nonsense on 2 A4 folded sheets of paper.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Friday, 14 July 2017

Curios Thing # 25 -pages

Some pages from the latest Curios Thing 'zine hot off the virtual press! Link to the ISSUU copy.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

LISTEN TO THE SONG OF LIFE (created in 2005 for Somerset Studio Magazine)

This collage appeared on page 110 of Somerset Studio -- The Art of Paper and Mixed Media Volume 9 Issue 5 September/October 2005 -- Theme of issue "A Somerset Symphomy".

Pasted down on an old book cover (book happened to be named "Music Throughout the World) are sheet music scrap-booking paper, typewriter key stickers, an original piece of antique advertising scrap circa 1900, an image of a woman in meditation or dream state from a piece of vintage sheet music and a small piece of bird "scrap".

I first learned of this quote from the late great actress Katharine Hepburn:


THEME: We're On Summer Break! So, If You Care To...Post a Collage...Free for All! See You All Back in September!

Wednesday, 12 July 2017


"An exhausting wonder"

"Which world is my world?"

In 2015 I got a big package form an antiquarian who collected all bookmarks from the books in his shop. I sorted them - receipts, calendars, envelops and postcards, photos .... and articles from newspaper. Some articles had very interesting and inspiring headlines.
 These two collages above are the starters of a new series with those headlines. Hope I can continue this series - I have some other headlines on my desk.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Curios Thing In Progress

The latest Curios Thing 'zine being collaged. Started a while back and add a bit when the mood takes me. It's easy to start these little books off but difficult to finish them as they need so much tweaking - hunting for the most apt word to fill that empty space etc. Hopefully be finished by the end of the Summer.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Exquisite Corpses

Here are some of the Exquisite corpses made by Sabine, Lynn and yours truly.
We send them to each other by post and cover up the parts we made, we just leave a sign where to continue, so it's a surprise until the end for all three of us.

Bee Or Not A Bee?

That is the question.