Good Things Come in Small Packages

 

“And though she be but little, she is fierce!” -Shakespeare

I’ve been adding new work from my “Small But Mighty” series to my Etsy shop. Each piece measures 4 x 6 and incorporates vintage and found objects, vintage paper and postcards, all on salvaged wood. Click here to take a peek – these small pieces are only $18 each and make great gifts!

Karmic Bingo

Karmic Bingo No. 6
Karmic Bingo No. 6 (5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″) – $28. Click here to purchase or view in my Etsy shop.

Once again, music inspires… This mixed media assemblage is made with various found objects and vintage paper on salvaged wood. It is one in a series of six pieces, inspired by a song called “Rise.” The song says more than I ever could, so I’ll just leave you with the lyrics and a link to the song on YouTube…

 

RISE (ft Ursula Rucker & Roy Ayers) by Richard Earnshaw
we are living in perilous times, living with perilous people, doing some… perilous things to one another
the small hand is on. evil and mayhem, the big hand is on. well, that’s your choice.
the big hand can be on fear, and hopelessness
or we can sift through all af this bullshit and uplift …
RISE.
to a higher understanding of why humans choose war… over love. .
RISE
way above.so we can touch back down on God’s brown, green, blue earth …
with tolerance, knowledge, compassion for when other humans hurt…
tolerance, knowledge, compassion for how other folks pray … little different. .
tolerance, knowledge, compassion for how other folks speak a little different.
tolerance, knowledge, compassion for the fact that, we ain’t just a pronoun. . a little itty bitty word
it’s a state of being. .
We.
a collective, a community.
We.
a world community, the human family.
We
sounds corny yeah i know but. we. better start thinking, moving, breathing along these lines or else.
we may not be thinking, moving, breathing for our selves
we may not be thinking, moving breathing. .loving, or even fighting
anymore. .
at all coz it… this thing we call life and living will all be over .
over some land
over some oil
over some commerce
some. sub-human shit so.
uplift. before there will be no more sunshine.
for babies to get brown beneath
so reach high inside for what ever u need
to uplift and. .
RISE
RISE
set that big hand on change and love and all that good stuff and. and…
RISE
RISE!…rise
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New Art on Etsy

Now available in my Etsy shop…

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and art, like love, is original and enduring. These small mixed media assemblages make the perfect gift for someone special or for yourself! All are made with vintage paper and found objects on salvaged wood.

Check them out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/kerrytopjun

Did Someone Say Paper?

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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…

A Nod To Distant Revolutions

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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.

To Unpathed Waters…

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“Unpathed Waters”

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!

“Sonnet 43”

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Made with vintage ephemera (Portuguese stamps and pages from a Portuguese dictionary) in a vintage window frame.

Quote is from “Sonnets from the Portuguese” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.