I love paper. It almost doesn’t matter what kind. My mom has even made up a word for me – she says I am a “paperian.” I have indiscriminately collected writing paper, notebooks and blank journals that I just couldn’t stand to leave behind. But I especially love vintage paper – stamps, receipts, letters, postcards, tickets, maps, sheet music, playbills… It is absolutely fascinating to me. I love the color of old paper and the way the paper feels and the way the ink has faded in places. It ranks right up there with rust in its beauty. But I really love that there is a story behind these items. Each piece makes me wonder about who it belonged to and why it was saved and how it has survived in the world for so long and how far it has traveled to reach me. And when I can actually stand to part with a certain piece of this ephemera, I incorporate it into my art and send it back out into the world so it can continue its wondrous journey…
Just delivered this custom piece which will be making its way to its new home in coastal Maine. The quote is by Henry David Thoreau – “Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures.”
I am so honored to be featured on the website FabFlorida.com! Writer Christine Sansbury saw my artwork at FOUND Treasures for Living in Dunedin recently and approached me about doing a blog post which would highlight my art. FabFlorida is an online magazine curating the most fabulous finds, places, artisans and products all unique to the Sunshine State. Check out the feature here …
“Beer Cap Flowers” are available at FOUND Treasures for Living in Dunedin!! These new pieces are a revamp of a previous design. Created with a vintage paper background, rusty beer caps found and collected from streets and parking lots, vintage ruler pieces and postage stamps, and inspirational quotes, all on salvaged wood.
FOUND Treasures for Living is located at 475 Main St., Dunedin, FL 34698. For more info: http://www.foundindunedin.com or find the shop on Facebook & Instagram.
This new mixed media piece was just finished today! Created with vintage dictionary pages and various ephemera and found objects in a vintage drawer. It also includes one of my favorite quotes by Rumi, “What you seek is seeking you.”
I’m so excited to have my art in this beautiful shop! FOUND Treasures for Living is located in downtown Dunedin, a funky little Florida town that’s worth checking out if you haven’t ever been. FOUND is a perfect blend of old and new and features a cool mix of furniture, home decor, art and gifts. For shop hours and more information check out FOUND’s website, Facebook page or Instagram.
Where does the time go? Here we are at the beginning of another new year… I hope that 2016 brings us all happiness and health and wealth and wisdom and everything else we may desire.
It amazes me though that 2015 almost seems like a blur, and again I must say, where does the time go? Time is definitely a relative thing, and I love this quote on the subject by Albert Einstein:
“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.”
So I guess the most important thing when it comes to time is not to worry about how quickly it passes, but instead to think about how you want to spend it. I think I’d rather sit with a pretty girl…
Happy New Year and here’s to time well spent!
Words are a powerful thing… These pieces are no bigger than an index card, but hopefully they pack a punch. They’d make a perfect last-minute gift (only $18 each or 2 for $30 – more photos available on request). Created with vintage paper, ephemera and salvaged wood.