Monday, 29 February 2016

The Shadow's Edge

From some left-overs found on my work table.

The Interesting Lesson

Images from an old Victorian childrens book 1899 and more recent Time/Life books about science.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

The Flax Spinner

My latest from an ongoing series called "Slovakia"
Collage 2016 – 37 x 23,9 cm
Background is a montage of photos by Karel Plicka 1953


Saturday, 27 February 2016

wegman and more

Dog photos by William Wegman—unchanged from how he cropped them.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

In the Studio

In the Studio

And I am ALSO headed out of town, so it may be sparse around Kollage Kit for a little bit while the scrappers go out to play!

Be gone for a couple weeks, see you all in late March...

A fresh banner

 Since I'm out the rest of the week I made a banner in advance ;))

Theme of the week: "Free"

Yes this week you're allowed to put in any collage that springs into your mind!
 This is the last week for me to come up with a theme, but it also happens to be a holiday week here so I'm not around for a couple of days.

I hope someone is taken over for new themes next week, I've enjoyed doing it a lot and don't mind doing some (1 or 2) months again later this year.
Thank you all for your great collages these past weeks.

Friday, 19 February 2016

this is what we were going through

This one dates from September 2012, when my husband and I were going through a huge crisis related to his getting laid off from a government (NASA) job we thought was secure. I wanted to express what the crisis felt like. 

Here's the text from the original posting: "Cut-paper collage. Dark blue globe with dangling man (and woman higher inside) is from the Hell panel of Hieronymus Bosch's 'Garden of Earthly Delights' (c. 1500). Pond is clip art. Other images from junk mail.

My husband and I are going through a particularly Kafkaesque process these days, one involving a huge bureaucracy. What's at stake? Our whole future.

But you know what? This collage feels to me like a summation, as if I can turn a corner and be more hopeful. The moon is waxing.... "

crazy "cures" for insanity

I was surprised to discover that I've already made three Bosch-quoting collages. One of them I posted here fairly recently, but the other two are older.

Background is most of the entry on "Insanity" from an 1880 encyclopedia called Library of Universal Knowledge: the text is so fascinating, I left most of it uncovered. At the end of the entry it reads, "For disposition and treatment of insanity, see LUNATIC ASYLUM." (!!) The top picture is a 17th cent. German cartoon. The bottom one is from a 16th cent. painting by Hieronymus Bosch. Both are lampooning supposed "cures," by quack doctors, for insanity.

Bosch Alley

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Homage to Hieronymus Bosch

Cafe Of Earthly Delights

One from the archives.

Bond.....Hieronymus Bond...

(I've done a LOT of Bosch in the past, so I'm going to raid the archives a couple times.)

Theme of the week: 'Hieronymus Bosch'

So here's another celebration; it's been 500 years ago that Joenen van Aken a.k.a. Jeroen Bosch a.k.a. Hieronymus Bosch, died (1516); therefore this is the "Bosch" year in Holland.

Here's a link in which you can wander around in one of his paintings:
Jheronimus Bosch - the Garden of Earthly Delights

and another one to discover some more:
Discover Hieronymus Bosch in ’s-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch)

and you can find several (long) documentaries on the man at you tube.

So collage your own 'garden of delight' or 'ship of fools' or create creatures we've never seen before or anything else that triggers your fantasy...., be inspired by "Jheronimus".

Monday, 15 February 2016

Hugo Ball´s "Caravan"

Illustration of Hugo Ball´s sound poem "Caravan"
Here you can listen to it.

"Dada dribble drabble droum drown" ... nothing distracts a dadaist when writing a masterpiece poem of sound ... not even his mother!

I watched a great documentary on dada the other night, I hope this link is working

Viva Dada | ARTE Creative

it's in German but there is so much to be seen and hey it's dada so it's international!

Friday, 12 February 2016

Thursday, 11 February 2016


What a fun theme!

Theme of the Week: DADA

Last week was the 100 year anniversary of DADA!
Sabine had an item on her website: Sabine Remy, miriskum, Dada |
And of course there is a lot to google on Dada.
Let's try to make our own Dada collages.
Have fun!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

climax of the masque

Gentleman in top hat (including his crazy face) from a painting by Jim Shaw.

This was a difficult theme for me because I've been depressed—not in a party mood.  I still can't walk more than about five steps, so I have a long way to go, disability-wise. But at least I've gotten so proficient at knee-walking up the stairs, it hardly hurts at all.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Monday, 1 February 2016

Abstract #3

This is only the 3rd abstract collage I have ever created.  Pasted to a book cover are two vertical strips of brown construction paper, an ink inscription on an endpaper from a vintage book about Chilie, and bits of two different deconstructed abstract paintings.  I have acknowledged the artist of the main work I tore up and his name appears on the bottom (both left and right) of the collage "Theodoros Stamos".  Though it appears random, abstract collages take me a long time to formulate.  My figural collages come to me much easier.