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…

Without Question…

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I just finished this piece yesterday. It’s a revamped, oversized version of a concept I have visited before. Framed with a found vintage window screen frame, it is hanging and ready for public consumption at this weekend’s Brocante Market

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.

In Good Company

IMG_0639Replenished 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

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Altered by Michelle
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Kelley B Designs
Kelley Love Designs
Kelley Love Designs

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Atomic Holiday Bazaar 2013

atomicpostcard_(2)It’s almost here!

One of my favorite weekends of the year and I can’t wait! I am counting the days til we get to set up our booth display and take part in this cool event… But until then, I’ll be the one finishing up as many pieces of art as I can!