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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Goldie Farcia Class Shoe Shrines

After a run to Goodwill for a shoe to alter (looking for a stilletto, but alas, no luck) I found a pair of faux alligator brown shoes (forgot to take a before picture). This is as of yet unfinished...
A hindu goddess is inside the shoe, will have to do some research on which one she is.

Since I finished early, I was fascinated by some dicitonary pages Goldie had brought, and found the Z pages. Below is the first layer of a shoe shrine (decoupaged Z pages) and I will trim with zebra print fabric that I have from my black and white quilt.

More next week, when we are doing holiday shrines. I plan on doing an Obama shrine, as eitehr way it goes, it will be historic!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Goldie Garcia's shrine class

Goldie's class started last night, and I guess after Cyntiha's class last week, the artists are just different. Plus there are 15 people in the class.

Anyway, I did not have any images that went with what I started, and guess that glitter is not my medium. But I will keep going, and we are doing a shoe shrine next week?? We will see
Two shrines made from sardine cans and glitter. The top has black velvet and dark blue glitter, with shiny star netting fabric. The bottom has a Goldie Garcia bottle cap, gold paper and diamond glitter over blue paint.

The beginnings of a new shrine, nothing is glued down except for the dictionary page and the brown paper in the bottom right. I can't see glitter on this but it does have shiny eyelash yarn in orange!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I have joined Swap-bot.com. It is a clearing house for swaps of all kinds. You have to work your way up to the goodies, so I am starting at the bottom. You swap, and then build up your ratings so you can get into the really neat swaps.

I have signed up for two recipe swaps, on postcards.

I am making an effort to recycle in my art, so I made the postcards from packaging cardboard. The recipe is on the reverse side.

Hope the post office gets them where they need to go!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Junking Part One

Cynthia Cook, queen of the found object, took us on a field trip to a pre-1900 trash dump. Treasures abounded. Here is some of what I found

The white bottle, with the cap rusted on, still has the remains of the contents (Milk of Magnesia?? maybe). I can see these showing up in a future shrine.

These are glass shards, the lilic ones are pre-1900 (before 1900 they used magnesium (??) and the glass turns lilac when exposed to sunlight). These should also appear in future work. The glass is resting on a huge rusty bit!

The whole treasure trove, including loads of tin cans and the white porcelain chunk at the bottom of the picture that looks like a dinasour vertabrae. I may never use it, but thought it was interesing enough to pick it up and carry it back to the car!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Last Class with Cynthia Cook and new Fibre Piece

Tonight we had our last of three classes with Cynthia Cook.
I was so sorry to see it end, as I had a blast in this class.

This is a small piece that is a WIP. I added the jungle print with a

cabachon from a beading class with Mary Tafoya.
I still have to cover with glass and it will go on a larger piece.
This is the yet unnamed dyptich.

This is Frayed Around the Edges in the preliminary stages.

Finished Piece


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Art from Cynthia Cook Class

More results from Cynthia Cook's recycle Art Class. Unnamed, unfinished Diptych
More additions to the Panda collage.

I was out of town this weekend and worked
on a wall hanging that I will post later.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

More Rusty Bits

OK, I am finally ready to show some new work. These are pieces
for the Member Show at First Unitarian Church
Oct. 19-Dec. 6, 2008.
This piece is Fools Gold Klondyke, Mixed Media Fibre Collage,
11 1/2" x 13" $250.00

Cirlces of Life Africa, Fused Wall Hanging, 24" x 24" NFS

Fools Gold Southwest #2,

Fibre Wall Hainging with Rusted Fabric,

21" X 24" $300.00

Newest Rusty Bits fabric.
I like the pointy bit best. The white piece will have to be
overdyed, as it did not dye well.

Now I have to create some pieces to use all the
fabric that I have dyed!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Artful Saturday

Instead of cleaning house, I worked on Art all day today.
That was an easy decision.
This is a work in progress

These are inchies that I am working on.
And my lazy studio cat! Doesn't look like she could be
comfortable, but she was.
I am taking a shrine class from Cynthia Cook at Harwood Art Center
that is really great. We are cutting glass, cutting tin cans, doing collage and other neat stuff!
Two more weeks to go, and then I am taking a class with Goldie Garcia.
Can't wait for it either!
No rust dyeing today, and it was cool and rainy here today.