Friday, September 28, 2012

Art math

Tea bags + cotton + organza + 
rusting + mono printing + stitching +
a bit of storytelling + a few what ifs =

 My Morning Tea Series © 2012 

12 collages

So far...

32 comments:

  1. What a fabulous set, each square is complete in itself and together they are even better. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Helen! Each square has been turned this way and that in my hopes that they're balanced enough to stand alone. All 12 together are a bit amazing...especially to me as collage is totally new to me. Is that bad of me to admit?

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  2. Very cool! You're on a roll girl. Bet you had happy Skyping with Pam today.

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    1. Skyping with Pam is always good. We'll Skype with you too if you'll only update your version...not so subtle hint...

      Glad you like the collages. There are more in the works.

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    1. Thank you Suzie! I just took a look at your daily sketching. It's wonderful too.

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  4. your collages are very attractive individually but as a group they are OUTSTANDING! keep on!

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    1. Thank you Lyle! The printed text used is bits of the same story and, to me at least, that helps to unify the collages...other than the rusty fabrics and tea bags. It's looking very...hmmm...sepia/rusty in my studio.

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  5. These look just great, individually and as a group. The printing adds so much. Not bad for a self-confessed collage newbie. I like to make collages and find that if I have a lot of materials to choose from the putting together of this and that is so much easier. And I know that you have a lot to choose from.
    Joanne from Canada

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    1. Yes. I truly am a collage newbie. These began as a "what if" and have taken on a life of their own. Originally, I was just going to use the remnants or smaller rusted pieces of fabric. Now...well...there are a couple of 36" x 36" canvases in the studio that keep whispering that they want larger pieces of cotton or organza on them. And, of course, tea bags. All the canvases want tea bags. Need to drink more tea, I guess.

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  6. Dear Madame, please add to your equation + 1 admirer green with envy. Yours sincerely.

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    1. I will happily add your bit to the equation, Madame Ersi. It gave me quite a chuckle. Thank you!

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  7. J-they look great as a collection. B

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    1. Thank you Barry! I tend to like arrangement such as these to be in squares - 9, 16, 25, etc. There are 13 more 8" canvases waiting. Guess I'd better get to work.

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  8. Another of my in and out episodes - I think this is my third or fourth visit; but never having the time or brain capacity to comment properly. No guarantees i will this time either! My eyes go over them and along the rows and check up and down and get this sense of unity and companionship; and then I notice differences and uniquenesses and think how they would be by themselves, and the whole things just works so darn well! I love the warmth of them, so many bits of interest - oh and you have text in them! It must feel pretty good...a great outcome from the simple question "what if...?"

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    1. "It must feel pretty good...a great outcome from the simple question "what if...?"

      Truthfully Fiona, it feels a bit surreal. Have you ever created a piece that, once finished, you stand back to view it and find yourself wondering just who made that because it's so far outside what you normally do? That's how it is with these.

      I love your comment about unity and companionship, differences and uniquenesses. Thank you for such eloquent words!

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    2. Hi J - I thought I was making uniquenesses up but didn't get a spell check correction thingy soI'm glad its a real word!

      That is the weirdest feeling when you feel as if you are observing and loving someone else's work - and it is yours. Quite surreal; but pretty cool.

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    3. Yep...according to an internet search, uniquenesses really is a word. Even if it wasn't, it's just too cool not to use.

      I'm accustomed to looking at my weavings and wondering just who created them since it seems a whole age and whole other person ago that my hands wove them.

      Finishing a collage and hanging it to dry, knowing that I just created it, but still wondering who truly did is very surreal. Given the great responses they're getting and the fact that I'm rather proud of them, does make pretty cool too.

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  9. Your collection of collages took my breath away, Jennifer! What a handsome grouping they make, and I enjoyed going back to your earlier post to see close-ups of some of the first ones. There is nothing like creating something that gives the maker pleasure and delights everyone who sees it... They seem so tactile, and must be truly amazing to behold in person.
    Enjoy your continuing journey!
    - Lisa

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    1. Your wonderful thoughts on the collages have me fairly blushing. Thank you! The collages are a surprise, to me most of all as this is truly following through on a "what if". Now, of course, I'm hooked. The pieces are tactile while not really being textured. They're layered and have depth yet are definitely 2D rather than 3D.

      That the collages are appealing to so many and are drawing such wonderful comments is a thrill. Hopefully, I'll be able to continue along this path for a bit.

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  10. fabulous!!!
    love how the light comes through the layers
    I can see a wall-sized grid
    go large
    and...
    what if
    you went tiny too?
    just wondering
    adhesive - acrylic medium?

    discovered my Dad's tractor tire rim
    circling that,

    xox - eb.



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    1. Oooh...a tractor tire rim...suitably rusted, I presume? What fun you'll have with that. Can't wait to see the marks it makes.

      Glad you like my collages. They add to the glow in the studio. There's a larger one in progress right now - 20" x 20" - and the 36" x 36" sitting nearby keeps whispering to me...as well as a few rectangular canvases too. More what ifs to follow...

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  11. my favorite kind of math! love your finished pieces!

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  12. These are stunning Jennifer. What a collection to be proud of.

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    1. Thank you! I am rather proud of the collages. Is that horrible to admit? It's just that this whole process is still a bit of a surprise to me.

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  13. I love that you did so many little ones, instead of one big piece.

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    1. Funny...there's a 20" x 20" canvas in progress. The others have all been 8" square. It's a nice size that allows for multiples to be bought...or did with my old work. Hopefully with these as well.

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  14. Jennifer, I'm sure you've seen this but in case you havn't, feast your eyes!!
    http://armenrotch.blogspot.com/

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    1. Wow! Suppose brushing up on my French would help understand things a bit more, but then again is it really necessary to know what is written when the images are so stunning? Thank you for this link Robyn! Now...for a cup of tea and good sit to view more of Armen's work.

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