Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Flowers and a Canned Ham

I've been in a fabric and plaster mood lately apparently. I did a couple of pages in my fabric art journal, still working on flowers.

This is an illustration from a very old book that I just played with.

This is a hanging made with layers of old fabric,gauze, lace, plaster and ledger paper, hung with a sweet old child's hanger.

And, the best for last, a Canned Ham!!

This is my good friend's 1962 childhood trailer that's been stored at her Dad's for many many years. This style is known as a canned ham, for obvious reasons. She's giving it to us, and we finally got to see it last weekend!  It is completely original, orange, avocado green and brown upholstery and all!  It's in good shape considering how many years it's been sitting outside unused.  We're excited about restoring it - I'll keep you guys updated with before and after pics.  Of course first we have to get new tires on it and figure out how to get it home!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Studio Time

I was on vacation last week, and got two days at home to myself to spend in my studio. What a luxury!   Unfortunately I left my phone cord that lets me upload pictures at work, so I couldn't do any posting when I finally had plenty of free time to do it.

I made this guy, which was a lot of fun.  I was inspired by a magazine cover, Art Dolls I think, that had some birds with human faces, so I decided to try my own with some different materials. He's made of paper clay, with an old thimble for a hat and pieces of old china from my mosaic days for wings.  Here he is in his home.

I also did some more work on my ledger papers.

The weekend before we went to Port Costa, a magical little town I did a previous post on here, where Wendy Addison has her little shop/studio, Theatre of Dreams. They were having a town wide (one little street) yard sale with some wonderful vintage vendors as well and I scored a few fun things.

This is an obviously very old mold, for Kewpie Dolls.  I couldn't resist it, although I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it.  My immediate instinct was to get it to use the little doll molds individually, but I'm having a hard time with the idea of breaking it up.

I tried to find a picture of a Kewpie Doll made from this mold but haven't been able to so far.  I found one holding it's finger to it's mouth like this one, but it was much larger than these. 

I can tell it's going to torture me, either way!