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.