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.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Kim's final contribution to Deb's Book

I have finally finished my contribution to Debs book for this collaboration and it has been nice to branch back out into the metals again!

The piece centres around a late 1800's love story provided by Deb.
Enter her heroin, Maude, who after years in a loveless marriage has thrown off the shakles and finally taken up with her true love, Damien. The two have been off sailing the globe on the holiday to end all holidays but you know the story can't end there!

Ah yes the idyllic blissfulness of new love must finally be put aside as life has intruded (as it inevitably always does) on our lovers.

When we last left them (curtesy of Alicia's contribution and diary records for the pair) our two starry eyed lovebirds were enjoying the sights and sounds of Egypt.
(Half their luck! Do they need a baggage handler, I am available, LOL!)

Enter life, sigh!

Fear not intrepid followers, all is good, no really it is!

I'm not going to ruin Maude's hard fought for happinesss now am I? Naaa!

I thought it might be fun to find out a bit about our Damien though, after all the man had some sort of life before Maude's entry...

and so...

(Yes I know you saw this pic before but this is a wrap up folks! Stay with me here).

Okay, now young Damien has a job... of sorts, he's an up and coming anthropologist with an interest in cartography and archeology...

so there! All in all a rather exciting career in up and coming sciences for the times!

I decided that we needed to hear what Damien had to stay at this point of his life so the piece focusses on his viewpoint.

Damien has been offered a position in South America (as you probably guessed from the previous post!), and so the two lovers are off on a romantic sea voyage to Yucatan.

Now here is one side of the piece for Debs book. Its a brass book structure attached to what will be the page of the book. The pages are quite a heavy duty construction not paper as of course they wouldn't hold up to this sort of abuse.

There are hidden pockets... I love creating things in unexpected places!

On the reverse side of the page...

Damiens journal which picks up the story threads and relates his side of the tale.
Each item on or in the journal is discussed in the journal and relative to Damien's tale.

There are secret niches here too!

If you want to know more you will have to pop over to my blog to see the rest, ha!
(Just click on the highlighted writing it will whisk you right over!)

Gotta leave ya hanging folks, LOL!

So now it will be posted away to the lovely Lisa Sarsfield for her final contribution. I can't wait to see how she will finish off the story.
Wow Deb, it's almost home!
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lisa's final contribution to Alicia's book - The Museum of Forgotten Things

I've completed my work in Alica's book and it has now departed
for Australia where Kim will work her magic in it.

For my contribution I've chosen to focus on Hester's wretched tale 
of betrayal after discovering her husband in an adulterous affair.

an amalgamation of layers and tatters including victorian textiles,
found rusty metals, wood, vintage text and books,
silk, antique lace, cabinet cards and bindings...

  front and back cover pages

inside spread

to read more go to my blog

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Kim's contribution to Debs Book- Through the eyeglass

I have almost finished my piece in Debs masterful creation 'Through the Eyeglass' but thought I had better update you all on the goings on.
Debs piece revolves around a central character, Maude. Now Maude has had some heartbreak in her life. After recovering from what appears to be a loveless marriage, Maude was finally free to return to the love of her life, Damien, and the two have been travelling the world happy to be back in each others arms again at last. Oh, I can hear all your little hearts fluttering already. But...
(You so know there has to be a but don't you.)

Somethings popped up!

Now don't go gettin all defensive thinking I'm ruining Maude's perfect life now she finally has her man here.

It's just that life has a way of sidetracking us all just when you think you have it all worked out!

And so...

On to the latest doings in the life of Maude and Damien.

Now Damien did have a life before he teamed up with young Maude you know!

And so now...

There's something about a map...

a little travel to parts unknown...

and the remains of a civilisation...

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and there's a brass book...

So, will you come with me to...

If you would like to catch the rest you will have to pop over to my blog for the finer details :)

So far that is...

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