Saturday, 22 September 2018

rose-colored: wings

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).

a craving for order

From my archives. The dried paws are of European moles, collected in the Netherlands. In the center are fragments of butterfly wings.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

In Di'sguise

I read an article in Time Out last week, all about Princess Diana being invited out to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern by her close friends Freddie Mercury, Kenny Everett, and Cleo Rocos... she disguised herself, with the help of her pals, as a male model, in camouflage jacket, black cap, and Aviator sunglasses... and got away with it!
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

The King's Peach

Another from the archives. Excuse terrible pun!

Queen of the Clippies

Definition of Clippie

slang, British
: a woman who is a conductor and ticket-taker on a bus

Friday, 14 September 2018

Future King & Avid Gardener, December 13, 1948

With her great grandson Prince Charles. This photograph was taken at Buckingham Palace, where Queen Mary attended his christening.

her majesty obscured

Background by William Morris. Midground Queen Elizabeth II in 1951. Foreground from an artwork by Tauba Auerbach (which I sliced up myself).

il ne se baigne pas

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!

Pecking Order

One from the archives.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

And you thought the Queen was all in love with Corgis...

Starting off with one from the archives!

THEME: Royalty

King? or Queen? or the royal children? Or the pageantry? Real royals? Fictional royals i.e. nursery rhyme/fairy tale monarchs?  I look forward to your creations.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Fashion Parade...

I'm not quite sure who the mannequins are in this collage - maybe high priests of fashion, but then again, the high priests are all dressed in all their finery watching the models parade by... maybe they're giant Fashion Police, to watch over the fashion parade and make sure nothing untoward happens?

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Friday, 7 September 2018

The 23rd Annual Parade of Dolls, Main Street, USA circa 1939

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

Big Parade

One from the archive to start off with.

THEME: "On Parade"

Here is a definition:

Shown or displayed especially in a way that attracts attention or notice.

What will be on parade in your collage? Have FUN.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Oi, licked 'em, Stein...

Having posted this collage a couple of hours ago, it's starting to disturb me slightly – I have no qualms about using a Lichtenstein painting as its base, because he used comic artists work most of the time as a basis for his work anyway – but the simple act of cutting out two Lichtenstein faces out of a piece, then pasting the remainder on top of an old painting from the cover of an Art Quarterly has resulted in something a bit stranger than intended.
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

Pip Bong Comics

Too big to get all of it on the scanner hence the bits missing mostly from the right hand side. O well, it's nonsense anyway so hardly matters!

Monday, 3 September 2018

Vivienne Studdy Never Quite Got Over Her Portrayal Alongside Bonzo the Dog

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.

Have The Ignorers Finally Met Their Match?

Saturday, 1 September 2018

homage to "krazy kat"

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...

Roger's Bagful of Nuts

Friday, 31 August 2018

Thursday, 30 August 2018

THEME of the Week - Cartoon Strip

Sorry it's a bit late. Have fun with this theme. Make a cartoon strip or made from cartoon strip/ comic etc. Who's up for picking themes for September?

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Midnight at the Noir-Noir Mwah-Mwah Motel

I felt bad about having poor old Meatloaf shot in this collage, but his photo (from Bat Out Of Hell) was crying out to be altered, so I went ahead and did the deed anyway. Sorry Meatloaf, but needs must!

Friday, 24 August 2018

GHOST of the BLACK CAT - early silent film era poster

Maybe this is more of a horror film, but I had fun making it and will attempt another film noir later this week. Cat images (including the one with the cross) are from a book about cats. I found two artworks -- "Mizzar" 1956-60 by Victor Vasarely (turned upside down so the diamond shape is on the bottom) and "Tarassa X" 1958 by Adia Yunkers. The two women are from an antique medical book I just acquired. The lady leaning backwards is demonstrating a back exercise and the other is giving herself a "dry" shampoo.

Between the cities

This is from the archives - I used images from a Film Noir book.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

The Cake Cut

Early film noir that was lost in a mysterious fire at Universal Studios. Only thing left was this poster. Story outline was that mad scientist and baker The Sponge Finger ( Sigooff ) has plans for world domination of the cake and pudding industries. He teams up with Dame Betty Bourbons and her demented dog Jammy Dodger to steal the infamous Custard Gun belonging to Prince Shortbread McJaffa ( Bela Lukar ). McJaff hires super sleuth Tod Doughnut( Norman Danish ) to find out what's going on and to thwart their evil plans. ( From the archives )

Drive She Said

THEME of the Week - Film Noir

Make a collage based on a black and white film noir 40's or 50's - or make one up. Could be a poster or a still from the film maybe. Have fun!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018


Definition from The Free Dictionary:
"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."

Saturday, 18 August 2018

The Last Ark Home

Bit of an experiment here with this one putting some of my
animal cartoons in two by two.
Here, they catch the last ark home after a night on the tiles.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

THEME of the Week - Noah's Ark

A favourite theme of mine but wondering how others might tackle it. Feel free to use any kind of craft or container. Could be set in the future as well as the past. Have fun!

Wynken Blynken and Nod

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross ...

... to see a fine lady upon a white horse;
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes.

Nurser-y Rhyme Magazine

The Empress of China

German counting rhyme fI used to sing for jump rope.

The Empress of China
née Katharina
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. 

Friday, 10 August 2018

Little Jack Horner.

Bit of a rush-job this, because we're all off to Wales early tomorrow, so I had to use whatever I found quickly in my collage box of stuff, and luckily found the only cut-out hand in the box, which fit with the swimmer pic immediately, then felt bad thinking about cutting out a picture of the Sphinx's face to make the crust of the Christmas Pie, so used the surrounding desert and part of the head-dress instead. It made me wonder: does anyone else here feel uncomfortable/strange about using certain pictures of things/people/deities in their collage work? It happens to me almost every week!

There Was An Old Man With A Beard

A limerick I found in a book of Nursery Rhymes. See it HERE.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Nursery Crime

This is from the archives, too. This is an illustration to the album of the same name of my favourite band "Genesis" I used to listen to when I was young(er ;-)