Thursday, July 21, 2011

Kim's final contribution to Alicia's book-The museum of forgotten things.

It's finally finished! I've been flat out in the studio for some time now finalising the piece for Alicia's book, "The Museum of Forgotten Things". Well fear not it hasn't been forgotten, just required such a vast amount of time to finish it! In accordance with the agreement to keep much of the last of these pieces to ourselves for the present (as they will form part of an online exhibition in the near future, more on that later), I have only posted a few images for your viewing pleasure.

What I can tell you about however is the story.

Alicia's book came with a tale to start us all off and each of the participants in the collaboration has built on it.

From Alicia we have the story of Hester. Hester has recently passed away at the tender age of 97. In the notice of her death recorded in the local paper, attention is drawn to the fact that Hester's husband Richard died in somewhat tragic circumstances years before in a fire that broke out in the barn on their property. Amongst Hesters belongings are diary pages where she confesses to causing the fire that killed Richard. It is also noted that Hester's remaining relatives are a sister and niece by the name of Anna Trumble.

On to Deb's contribution to the piece and we find out Hester has had a lover! You old dog Hester! LOL! Deb does a fabulous job of adding to the piece with lots of fun interactive bits and pieces that you can pull out and touch, making support pieces for the story for the museum.

Now to Lisa Sarsfield's contribution and we find out about a child, or two. It seems that Hester finds out she is pregnant after the death of Richard and has a child, a little boy, Thomas who perishes in infancy. Not long after this Hester engages in the affair which Alicia alluded to in her original story with a young man named Hans. The affair peters out but leaves Hester with a child, a daughter named Charlotte, who she gives up. Hester is filled with regrets but believes the child would have a better life, and so we move on to Lisa Jurist's piece.

Lisa's gorgeous work focus's on Hester and Richard's relationship. The love the two obviously shared so deeply at one time and the sins of Hester in committing Richards murder. You see Richard was having an affair and Hester caught him, hence the scene in the barn and the fire that results from Hester throwing her lantern in anger at Richard. It's a brilliant piece Lisa, one of the best I've seen. No-one does mixed media collage quite like this lady!

And so it comes to me. Where do I take this story and how to wrap it all up?

Enter the book of secrets.

A sneaky peek from inside.

Mixed media fun with copper wire, beads, fabric and resin papers.

secret pockets, fabric leaves, and a few images on transparency as well.

I'm going to leave you all hanging. (I'm so mean!)

If you want the goss and a few more images from the piece you will have to jump over to my blog to catch up.

I can't wait to show you all the whole kit and kaboodle, as we say here,
but it will have to wait for the big reveal coming soon to an internet connection near you Ha!

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Friday, May 27, 2011

roots beneath the layers: a peek at alicia's contribution to lisa j's book

i am finally nearing the end of the first half of my last book, "roots beneath the layers", in the pulp redux collaboration. this is lisa jurist's book and i have LOVED working on it. thankfully i'm not done yet, but felt i should post a few photos to satisfy our wonderful viewers' expectations (we've been WAY too quiet in pulp-land)!

because i was the last person to work on lisa's book and will not have to send it overseas, i took the liberty of including lots of natural bits that i collected from around my yard and neighborhood, and some farther corners of the state of oregon and washington. all bits and pieces have been hand-picked and hand-dried by me, with the exception of a few of the twigs. AND, i hand-stitched every little bit of this -- not a single machine stitch included.

think of my contribution of alice in wonderland collides with nature, a sprinkling of steampunk, a potential hint of taxidermy and many, many secrets. looking at the sides of the pages reminds me of walking through a forest as a young girl.

"alice", the girl in this image, is on a secret door. i've been working on this for a very long time and just last night my husband realized the large compartment under her image was there. i thought that was pretty funny that he didn't notice it until now. other secret nooks and crannies hide in the pages too. i hope lisa can find them all.

to see more photos and some of the secrets, check out my blog:


Monday, May 16, 2011

Lisa Sarsfield's contribution to Debrina's book

A fossil find for Debrina's book. How exciting to find this at the local rock and mineral club rooms! More pics on my blog.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the Pulp Redux Collab had bitten the dust given how quiet it;s been around here! Things are not what they seem! We're all busy in our own corners of the globe but we've decided to keep the last chapter under wraps..for now! So here's a few peeks of what I've been up too and there's a few more peeks over on my blog. This book is nearly finished so watch this space!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Debrina's Contribution to Kim's Fragments, Vestiges and Remains...

My contribution to Kim's Book - Pulp Redux
Full page spread - Pulp Redux (reversible - the page folds again to reveal the other half of the Scottish Flag, the St George Cross)
Here we go girlas! Not much but enough to make Kim happy, hopefully!! I'm using my new walnut stains, acetate and specially bought fibres, fabrics and paper for my contribution. E.g. the baby, above, is printed in sepia on acetate and then mounted on a playing card with the most delightful, beautiful filigree pattern on the back (more of that later). You can remove the baby from her pouch/envelope too, btw!  ANYWAY, to read all about my contribution, click HERE!

What precious little thing is in that envelope? unborn baby: the promise of hope and a new start in life.  Children were often born on board ship on the way over to our shores or shortly after landing.