Kamis, 30 April 2009

DisCo - the big reveal

In January I decided to embark on a project that I had thought about for a long time. What would happen if I created an "art bundle" and placed it outside? What if nature were my partner in a collaboration?

I have always been fascinated by the impact of natural elements, of age, and of time, on materials and objects.

The rust of a washer found in the street.

The yellowed and dog eared pages of a vintage book.

The faded and weathered look of an old, painted building.

The layers and paper fragments of an old billboard.

The distressed look of metal left out in the elements.

So...I made a simple bundle using vintage dictionary pages, gesso, and string. No more and no less. Outside it went. With rain. In snow. Through hail. In sunshine. Under clouds. In the dark. I watched. I waited.

As I thought about the process of disintegration, I saw it not as destruction. Or decay. Or death. But as renewal. Change. And life.

And a funny thing happened. Just as my bundle was undergoing a rebirth and metamorphosis, so too did the project. My simple idea became a collaboration. And grew. The Disintegration Collaboration was born. And ended up being 123 artists strong! Bundles were everywhere. And suddenly, the thought of a rainy day did not seem so bad after all!!

As the months passed, it seemed that my bundle did not change at all. But when I see the before picture and compare it to the after image, I see that I was wrong. The changes are there.




Beginning today, all participating artists are revealing their "afters" on their own blogs. The links to each artists' "before" bundles are on the sidebar of my blog under the "disintegration collaboration - before" link. At this point, to see their "after" pictures, click on the banner of their own blogs and this will take you to their most recent post. Depending on when you look, you may have to look at a few posts until you find their disintegration post.

As artists begin to post their bundles, I will also be adding their links to my sidebar under a new, "disintegration collaboration - after" link. That way, you will be able to go directly to either the "before" or the "after" shots. I will be adding links as I find them, so that it will be easier for you to keep track of which blog posts you have seen over the course of the weekend.

I hope you will all take the time to see both the amazing bundles created by this incredible group of artists, as well as the impact of nature and time on these bundles. And don't forget to leave some comments along the way!

Stay tuned for more posts about this project in the coming days!

Selasa, 28 April 2009


Disintegration Collaboration - The Reveal. May 1. More then 120 artists. Bundles of bundles. You've seen the befores. Now see the afters. Come to The Altered Page for the list of links. And then stay tuned for Part 2. Coming August 1.

Just a few of the bundles...before:

Minggu, 26 April 2009

Jumat, 24 April 2009

See the Sea

One more round in the Inner Works collaboration completed. I just sent off Rita's book to Veronica. And just received Roxanne's book from Jill.

Rita's theme for her altered book is Gifts from the Sea, already beautifully interpreted by Rita and by Jill.

I tried to capture the colors of the sea and sky...

The feel of the sand...

The hues of the beach reflected in the moon...

The sense of being lost in thought when surrounded by the ocean...

And the gift of the never ending inspiration that the sea provides...

Gifts from the sea...Rita...a gift from me!

Selasa, 21 April 2009

Earth Day 2009

Earth Day is held every year on April 22 to celebrate the modern environmental movement which began in 1970. Earth Day is a worldwide event that supports ongoing environmental education, action and change. The activities on Earth Day provide people with the opportunity to address their local environmental problems. The artwork in this post is older (2007 and 2008) but I thought very apropos to the message of the day.

Ingredients: watercolor paper, altered paper, acrylic paint, watercolor ink, indian ink, dye ink, metallic marker, colored pencil, rub on letters. approximately 7 3/4" x 7". click to enlarge.

Available for purchase in The Altered Page on Etsy.

Ingredients: watercolor paper, book board, acrylic paint, wax pastels, rub on letters. approximately 9 3/4" x 9". click to enlarge.

Available for purchase in The Altered Page on Etsy.

Senin, 20 April 2009

Questions & Answers

Thanks to everybody who participated in my recent poll and responded to my post Who Are You?. In that post I wondered out loud just who was reading our art blogs. Wondered if we were a community unto ourselves...writers and readers one in the same. Or if non-bloggers actually read our blogs as well? I think this question touched a chord because it elicited 78 comments...even more than I received for my last giveaway!

The results of the poll remain on my sidebar. The findings are clear. After 236 responses, 80% of those who answered either have a blog or website or both. 20% do not. This outcome seemed pretty obvious to most people who spoke to this issue in their comment.

I found it interesting that many who left comments focused on the issue of comments rather than on the issue of readership. Although not universally true, it seems that most bloggers are inspired by and love to get comments. No surprise there. This seems to be connected to the desire to create and maintain a community of art bloggers.

Other interesting findings gleaned from the post's comments:

1. Most people list time constraints as the biggest obstacle to leaving comments.

2. Many noted that non-artists, family members, and personal friends tended to not leave comments but to email instead.

3. Of those commentors who spoke to the issue, an equal number preferred to read posts and not comment as preferred to read posts and leave comments.

4. A number of people wrote that they tended not to leave comments even though they love to get comments on their own blogs.

5. Many people noted that the use of RSS Feed Readers lessened their likelihood of leaving comments. On the flip side, use of these Feed Readers gave them the ability to follow many more blogs as a result.

Anymore thoughts?

Jumat, 17 April 2009

Plaster Blaster

One of the best things about working with Bridgette and Jen on our collaboration is the fact that their incredible talent and creativity is pushing me in new and exciting directions. My last post highlighted my first contribution to Jen's metal pages. First time using metal as a substrate. In this post you can see my first page in Bridgette's book. First time working on plaster pages.

Bridgette's book pages are fantastic to work with. Strong but pliable. Textured and absorbent. Her theme is trees. And here is my page:

The plaster pages lend themselves to layers and texture:

And of course...there has to be some trees:

Rabu, 15 April 2009

Heavy Metal

Working on my collaborative project with Bridgette and Jen has been such a pleasure. And a challenge. Click on the links above to see the beginnings of their books. And click here to go to a previous post with photographs of the start of my book.

Each of our three structures is so different. Bridgette's plaster pages. Jen's metal plates. And my vintage-page book. And each of our themes are different too. Bridgette's Book of Trees. Jen's Shine. And my Contexture.

The images below show my first go round on Jen's metal pages. Never worked on metal before and this project has got me hooked. Thanks Jen! Click the images to enlarge.