Collaborative traditional cut and paste (scissors and glue ) collage blog with a weekly set theme.
Sunday, 8 June 2014
Myself When Young...
I was blessed with creative genes and when I was a little girl (yes that really is a photograph of me, age 6 or so) I did not have a lot of store bought toys. I often made puppets out of my dad's old socks. I hand-sewed clothes for my sister's Barbie doll as well as my own "faux" Barbie (a Made in Japan knock-off). I was handy with an iron (I actually loved to iron--still do!) and my mom taught me how to use her Singer sewing machine to make a pillowcase or patch a handkerchief. When I entered high school I could not get enough of clothing class in my junior and senior years. I even tailored a suit! I made a lot of my dresses. I wanted to become a fashion designer. Alas, circumstances forced me to work right after high school and that dream never became a reality. BUT with the encouragement of the man I would eventually marry, when I was in my mid-twenties I enrolled at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and although I did not land in the fashion department, I did make a wonderful friend who one day encouraged me to use my sewing machine (which had not been used in years) and he said "Why don't you make a doll of Ted?" (Ted is my husband). The rest is history. I have been a member of The Illinois Artisans Program for 25 years, juried in as a cloth doll artist, and yes that is a sketch I made of one of my cloth dolls.
The background of my collage is "Colored Alphabet" by Jasper Johns. I chose it because it reminded me of a lot of childhood things...primary colors, ABC's, building blocks. It also looks like a fabric patchwork quilt.