Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Theme: Alternate History

First of all, props to Michael Leigh (Wastedpapiers) for giving us so many terrific themes!

This week is all about alternate timelines—past, present, future: Joan of Arc traveling to Mars, Neanderthals rocking the fashions of the 1960s, your world if things had turned out differently, wherever your imagination takes you...

a man needs a fish (bicycle 2)

I made these two for a swap called "Put a Fish on It," but I think they kinda go with the "Freaks of Nature" theme.

Bicycle background from a photo by Ai Weiwei. Mismatched man parts from Tom Tierney paper dolls. Fish are male sockeye salmon in ocean phase (grey) vs. spawning phase (red).

For those of you who don't know it: these collages are my take on the expression "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle."

a woman needs a fish (bicycle 1)

Bicycle background from a photo by Ai Weiwei. Mismatched woman parts from Tom Tierney paper dolls. Fish are all goldfish: the varieties are (from top to bottom) common, gold veiltail, pearly-scaled fantail, and shubunkin.

specimen 507

Strange organism (before I added the coloring and the animal heads) is by the brilliant German biologist-naturalist-physician-artist Ernst Haeckel.

Medusa Takes Stock of Her Supply of Snake Oil

The background is a page from a vintage catalogue of health products and supplements.  Snakes courtesy of a child's book about snakes.

Space Squid

Monday, 29 July 2013

Freaks of Nature

These cuttings have been on my desk for months, waiting to come to life for this week's theme!

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Sunday, 21 July 2013


2012 - 18 x 25 cm

Friends, it´s too hot to produce something good , so I decided to choose one from my archives, too.

Keeping Cool In London

Another collage from the archive.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

After a Day of Costume Changes at the Beach, Susan's Swimsuits Resembled Colorful Flags Flapping in the Breeze

Let's see...the swimsuits were cut from a "Country Living" article on vintage swimsuits. The woman is something I snipped from an art magazine quite a few years ago from a painting by an artist whose name I do not recall. The beachy background and windswept trees are from a vintage book about The French Riviera.

I'll be gone for a week :(

hello everyone, I won't be able to do this weeks theme :( I'm going to a summer camp, so that should be fun. Looking forward to seeing what you've made when I get back!


Ways To Keep Cool

Yes, it's archive time again!  This one from a couple of years back I think.

the hazards of sunbathing

This one's from my deep archives, one of the first 10 collages I ever made. Background
from a Scientific American diagram comparing the atmosphere of Titan, one of Jupiter's moons, in brown, to that of Earth, in blue. The text for Titan's atmosphere includes "thick photochemical haze" & "methane"--yuk! Sunbather is from Carlos Perez Siquier's "Muñeca, 1974/2007." Devils are from an illustration by Yue Minjun.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Dive In

We are having a heat wave in New Hampshire too, 93 degrees today... This is from the archives since collage work + fan going full blast is not a good combination!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Theme of the Week - Heatwave

This theme is very obvious right now!  I doubt whether I'll be able to contribute much if it stays this hot but hopefully you can!  Have fun and keep cool!

Installation In The Laundromat

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Vincent Price's Gallery

Sorry , it's been too hot to collage - having a heat wave here!  This is the best I can do until it gets a bit cooler.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Kafka's Living Room (With Apologies to the Theme Czar...)

So, I have to be gone for a little while, with no time to do a proper piece for this new theme.  I did this one yesterday and it's not TOTALLY off-theme, so it'll have to do.  Be back with you in a week or so to see what all you wonderfully creative snippers will have done in the meantime...

constantin's nightmare

The golden head (before I added the eye) is "Sleeping Muse," a sculpture by Constantin Brancusi. It was on the cover of a magazine that arrived in the mail today! I love it when that happens.

Henry Moore At Home

Theme of the Week - Artists At Home

I think we might have had this theme or something like it before but here it is again - one of my favourites.  Have fun!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Monday, 8 July 2013

Relaxing to the music

Buskers / Around The Old Joanna

Did a few collages today as I had to gallery sit at VAC in Northwich.  It was very hot so my brain seized up around 2pm and the collages suffered as a result.  Happiest with "Buskers" and "Around The Old Joanna"  (Cockney rhyming slang ) which uses bits from previous collages.

Bo Entertains

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Mozart´s Little Serenade

Seems that the youth from today doesn´t like that kind of music.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Theme of the Week - A Musical Evening

Bring back those days when we used to make our own entertainment sat round the old piano having a sing song or playing the tuba.  Granpa playing his spoons and Granma accompanying him on her false teeth!   No? well maybe it was just our house!   Have fun!

Monday, 1 July 2013

"A Museum for the people, by the people and of the people"

This was made using various cutouts: medical book, story book, and an advertisment for a book on sexual education. The background is from an Architectural Digest magazine, and the border is medical text. ENJOY!


sunday afternoon in the snake museum

From minimal to maximal: I seem to be going to extremes this week. The crowd photo was taken in 1956 (in case you're wondering about those dresses).