Saturday, 22 September 2018
From my archives.
Background from photo by Wolfgang Tillmans. Moth wings by Maria Sibylla Merian—a way cool woman who traveled to Dutch Guiana in 1699 to do entomology research. She proved, for the 1st time, the phases of metamorphosis from caterpillar to moth/butterfly. Hand w/ roses from postcard of a Mexican "calendar girl." Flying-fish collage from the incomparable Max Ernst (my hero).
Friday, 21 September 2018
Thursday, 20 September 2018
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Tuesday, 18 September 2018
No one recognised her the whole night, and she loved her anonymity, apparently, as all the clubbers were paying attention to her companions instead.
I found the story quite heartwarming, because, of course, her story is pretty tragic mostly, and so it was nice to read about her having a fun night out incognito.
This collage has taken me all over London, well, down the road to the 'Royals' section of our local charity bookshop, and then to the Army Careers office in Victoria (for pics of camouflage jackets to cut up), yesterday, where I don't think they really understood why I had visited them: the two main questions I remember being asked were:
"What exactly do you intend to do with this, sir?" and "Have you ever considered joining up?"!
Still, at least they gave me a copy of Soldier magazine (cover price £3.50) before sending me off with a bit of a flea in my ear, and I did get a great image of a women's camouflage jacket, right size and everything, which I could paste on top of the pic of Di with the umbrella, so it was worth it.
The collage has still come out a little bit more tragic than I'd intended, but that's all part of the process really isn't it, things taking an unexpected turn or two along the way...
Sunday, 16 September 2018
Friday, 14 September 2018
Portrait of Louis XIV by Hyacinthe Rigaud.
I wonder how many white weasels had to die to make the lining of that outrageous cape?
According to one source, Louis XIV only bathed three times in his whole life. Another says he took one bath a year. Either way... stinky!
Thursday, 13 September 2018
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
Friday, 7 September 2018
You may or may not remember I have a fondness for vintage dolls (handmade variety) and for a time was a member of The Illinois Artisans Program, as a doll maker, which sold my one of a kind cloth folk-art dolls.
Thursday, 6 September 2018
Wednesday, 5 September 2018
Not that I really knew what I intended in the first place anyway, but it's all got a bit disorienting, the one face/two faces thing, and why is Brad's now all furry?
Tuesday, 4 September 2018
Monday, 3 September 2018
That's Bonzo the Dog, named so in 1922 and initially created as "The Studdy Dog" by G. E. Studdy in around 1918. And that's Vivienne Studdy who, as an adult, never quite got over her portrayal alongside the popular comic canine.
According to a post entitled "COLLECTING BONZO" on World Collectors Net published November 9, 2010:
George and his wife Blanche had a daughter Vivienne who appeared in some of these sketches alongside Bonzo but she was not always happy with the end result especially when “Heads I win” was published. It wasn’t the fact that a little girl was crying against the wall with a headless doll in her hands and Bonzo grinning with a dolls head in his mouth that upset her but the fact that her knickers were showing and her socks were half way down her legs “I would never had looked that dishevelled!” she told her father.
Sunday, 2 September 2018
Saturday, 1 September 2018
Many of you will be familiar with "Krazy Kat," the comic strip by George Herriman that ran in American newspapers starting in 1914 and lasting well into the1930s.
For those of you who don't know it, here's the simple story that Herriman rang countless changes on: There's a romance between Krazy Kat and Ignatz, a mouse, in which Ignatz shows his love by throwing bricks that hit the Kat on the head. This climactic moment is not shown in the strip from which I lifted these panels, but it's usually depicted with a heart emerging from the Kat, for she knows the brick was thrown with love. Ignatz usually pays for his deed by falling into the hands of the authorities, in the person of Offisa Pup, a dog, and is thrown into jail.
I chose this particular example because I was amused by the "meta" element, in which Krazy Kat is reading in the paper the very same things that are happening to the characters. You can follow the story by starting in the upper lefthand corner and going right, down, left, until it finishes up in the lower lefthand corner.
I'll indulge myself by saying that one of my favorite things about this strip are the objects in the background, the environment of fictional Coconico County, Arizona. As Gilbert Seldes writes in Krazy Kat: The Comic Art of George Herriman, "[Herriman] is alone in his freedom of movement; in his large pictures and small, the scene changes at will--it is actually one work in the expressionist mode. While Krazy and Ignatz talk ... a tree, stunted and flattened with odd ornaments of spots or design, grows suddenly long and thin; or a house changes into a church. The trees in his enchanted mesa [country] are almost always set in flower pots with Coptic and Egyptian designs in the foliage as often as on the pot. There are adobe walls, fantastic cactus plants, strange fungus and growths. And they compose designs. For whether he be a primitive or an expressionist, Herriman is an artist; his works are built up; there is a definite relation between his theme and his structure, and between his lines, masses, and his page." In a future collage, I intend to highlight more of those strange objects.
For those of you who don't know "Krazy Kat," I hope this encourages you to seek out full-page examples of his work (including the Sunday installments in lovely subtle colors) so you can see more of what Gilbert Seldes is writing about...
Friday, 31 August 2018
Thursday, 30 August 2018
Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Friday, 24 August 2018
Thursday, 23 August 2018
Wednesday, 22 August 2018
"Related to DUKW: amphibious vehicle. DUKW. [not an acronym] manufacturer's code for a type of military wheeled amphibious landing-craft (D means 1942, U means utility (amphibious), K means all-wheel drive, W means 2 powered rear axles."
Tuesday, 21 August 2018
Saturday, 18 August 2018
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Sunday, 12 August 2018
German counting rhyme fI used to sing for jump rope.
The Empress of China
was unfortunately much too small
to be empress.
Then she climbed the ladder
rose further and further
all of a sudden she stopped
- and you can go.