This was one of those pieces that seemed to create itself. I had a general idea and all of the elements came together in a very synchronistic way. It is always so amazing when this happens – the way energy flows effortlessly and the feeling of being a part of something larger than myself… See my Etsy shop for more details, http://www.etsy.com/shop/kerrytopjun
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…
This custom ordered piece went to its new home the other day! Adapted from a larger piece I created, this version of “Unpathed Waters” had been requested to give as a birthday gift. The “canvas” used was a vintage wood and galvanized drawer and little elements were added to make the piece more personal. I love creating something knowing who it’s for… The next custom project centers around coastal Maine. I can’t wait to get started!
Made with vintage ephemera (letter dated 1837, French postage stamp and Eiffel Tower postcard) in a salvaged window frame.
“Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité,” French for “Freedom, Equality, Brotherhood,” is the national motto of France which has origins in the French Revolution.
The Eiffel Tower was built to celebrate the centennial of the French Revolution.
This new piece can be seen in person at Brocante Market, Saturday and Sunday, July 5th & 6th.
Made with vintage ephemera (nautical chart, artwork from a 1948 souvenir program, Spanish postage stamp)
Quote is from Winter’s Tale, Act IV, Scene 4 by William Shakespeare
This piece can be seen in person at this weekend’s Brocante Market!
Replenished my display at Sarasota Architectural Salvage today and I am in good company with my partner Michelle (Altered by Michelle), Kelley B Designs and Kelley Love Designs. Come by and check out the cool art by cool local artists going on at this great shop! 1093 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236