Friday, August 29, 2008
I love mail art! To the left is just a small corner of the back of an envelope (enlarged) I did earlier this year. When I send this kind of decorated mail I get to pull out all of my old mail and postage themed rubber stamps . . . mmmm! I so enjoy it. I try to take scans of the envelopes I art up, before I put them in the mailbox, but I don't always remember. I also like to use postage stamps that match or ones I have made myself through zazzle. Here are a few mail art pieces for your enjoyment! click on an scan for more detail.
For Ann P. ~ moving to a new Home - front & back:
and for April, our Pet sitter, front & back
. . . and made today for 2 friends and neighbors we want to see for lunch . . .
: ) lenna
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
This shows Cheryl, Brenda and Robin after they finished taking a collage class with me at my home studio last week. Cheryl's uncle is Frank Federico, a renowned water color artist that I took class with in 2007. When I was his student, he asked me about my art. I shared some of my work with him, gave him my website address and he in turn recommended me to his niece Cheryl - so very cool! This summer we were able to plan a class.
I have added just a few more photos from this class to my PictureTrail (click on the link to view) ~kind of resurrecting it for this occasion! I always enjoy sharing class photos on that site . . . and I'll be teaching this same class in my studio again next month to a group of 4 different students. I can use the new album on my PictureTrail for those class photos too. Personally, I always think it's so inspiring to see how my students approach the same task in so many different ways -- one of the best things about being in a class! I know that they had fun last week and learned too, because they told me!
Thanks Cheryl, Brenda & Robin!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
This was a very fun fabric art project for me to do while I was visiting Wolfe Island a few weeks ago. At the cottage, there's a big table in the dining area that looks out over the st. Lawrence River. Before we left on vacation I had picked out possible fabrics, batting, quotes printed onto fabric, embroidered handkerchiefs, beads, threads, LAC fibers, and a hand sewing needle to bring with me. I also printed images from my favorite LAC Waterhouse image sheets (paper) onto plain fabric for this project. I limited myself by choosing in advance, but I think that was truly helpful. I spent some very enjoyable time on the island working on this project when Steven was checking out something with one of the boats! When I came home, the only thing I added was decorative machine stitching around all the edges. I think that really finished the pages off nicely. I was not satisfied with them until I did that. (click on any photo for more detail)
My process for creating these fabric pages was to measure the size I needed for the exchange, then snip and rip the fabric. I cut batting a little bit smaller -I like the warm and natural flat cotton batting the best. Then I chose a embroidered handkerchief for each piece of fabric. I had picked up most of them at a tag sale, but the one below was a gift from one of my swap participants, Janice Perkin in the UK. Her gift actually gave me the idea of using them on each page! I glued or sewed (or both) the handkerchief down onto my fabric page with the batting in place behind it. Then I glued or sewed the LAC image and the quote for each fabric page in place, trying to match the image with the quote as best as I could. In some cases I sewed beads, or embroidered a bit, and in all cases I choose a fiber from LAC to embellish the page.
I cannot wait to receive my completed book back! There are 5 of us in the collaborative exchange and each book will have 1 of our pages. Terrie is creating the books for us -- thank you so much Terrie!!!!!!