I’ve fallen off the wagon the past week and a half. I haven’t felt good at all. I have a feeling there are plenty of people who haven’t been feeling good. I know some people I work with haven’t. This is the best excuse I’ve got: no energy, feeling sick and the sniffles. This concoction = not a very productive me. I’m working on the ideation for project #3, but have yet to put it into action; hope I’m feeling better soon.
So, project 2 varies a little from the previous vignettes (clothing collages) I’ve made. This one incorporates materials that aren’t strictly clothing or accessories. It’s more like what you see when you think of the word collage.
One big goal I have is to always try to eventually incorporate my digital work into things I make, if they aren’t already digital. With this project, I’ve added some other elements, such as digital aspects and items & pieces that aren’t clothing or accessory related.
This time around, the photographs don’t depict step by step. This is what I did and the items & supplies I used:
vintage, fake costume jewelry*
needle & thread
E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive
black acrylic paint
Fit the doily and lace trim to the frame backing, decide on a layout for every element in the collage
Adhere canvas backing to the frame backing
Paint the frame w/ black paint
Glue down all pieces with E6000
Print and slice up the digital image to fit the collage, adhere & cover w/ Modge Podge
Place thumbtacks and thread, use a Q-tip to fasten thumbtacks with glue if needed
Pop into the frame and wha-lah!
*I did some research about costume jewelry to try to place the necklace in this piece to an era. I gathered that it was most likely made in the 60s as part of a revival of Victorian style (most likely revived from the 1910s). The Victorian Revival jewelry is typically in the form of plastic, resin or engraved & antiqued metalwork and other hardware. Now, when I mention fake costume jewelry this is what I mean. You’ve got cream of the crop jewelry such as diamonds, gold and silver. Then you’ve got costume jewelry, very upscale-looking replicas that are highly collectible. However, many costume jewelry movements stemmed from other jewelry types such as plastics, color, cameos & figures. Lastly, there is jewelry made very cheaply and falls below the class of real costume jewelry. This jewelry is probably the most common kind, found in department stores (outside of the glass case) or mall shops.
Some information about costume jewelry courtesy of a book titled, “vintage jewelry design: classics to collect & wear,” by Caroline Cox (2010).
Stay tuned for the reveal, which will hopefully be on Tuesday! I do apologize for the pace I’m running at the past few weeks, I’ve felt a bit under the weather. I suppose freezing winter temperatures and lack of sleep due to puppy sitting can do that to you pretty easily.
Anyhow, slow and steady wind the race, right? Have a good start to the week and don’t forget to look at the day with an open mind.
Although, I’m not as pleased with the execution of this piece compared to the others I’ve done. This is the result:
The issues with this piece include:
the fabric backing isn’t taut enough
the frame didn’t take well to the staple gun & staples
I tacked the fabric backing to the frame itself. I have done this before with the very first clothing collage I made, but the frame it’s in is rock solid. The frame for this snazzy retro tie is smaller, thinner and not as hefty (cheaper). The staples sort of bit through the frame. I have a feeling that had I stapled the fabric to the very outer edge of the frame instead of the inner edge (where the glass sits), it would have taken better. We’ll try it different next time, after all, I’ve got 29 more to go!
I borrowed one of my husbands vintage tie clips to complete the look.
After all is said and done, this piece doesn’t have many elements to it, is simple, the colors pop, but it’s not quite ready for display because of the problems encountered during the process.
Psst, this is a picture of my favorite piece yet.
Take a peek at some of the research I’ve done. A goal of mine during this project is to accurately represent vintage pieces with other elements from the same time period & trend period. I know fashion, but not really anything this deep yet!
I’ve begun to realize lately that I’m struggling a bit with the blog. Not because the holidays rolled by and everything became ten times as busy as normal, but because there are so many things to cover and discuss, that I’m lost as how to narrow it down. When the subject of creativity is concerned, deciding how to channel my thoughts in the best way possible to inspire others is sometimes challenging.
So far on these boots, this is what I’ve dealt out:
ways to discover what you like & what defines you, in hopes that this will help formulate your creativity, your something good
exploring the idea of collage-perhaps one of the easier ways to exercise artistic creativity (as opposed to painting, drawing, etc…collage is forgiving and exploratory)
writing exercises to work both sides of the brain
unique places & things that inspire me, hopefully they can inspire you too
steps to a boot makeover; yep, a boot makeover
Halloween costume ideas
ways to look at things differently
deconstructed how I made certain pieces of artwork (the idea generation, the process & reason for making each piece)
ideas for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece
caulking baseboards, let me just say this-my husband and I purchased a fixer upper last year; there are many projects to be finished!
images of a storm on Lake Superior
my process for making ‘clothing collages,’ or as I like to call them, ‘vignettes’
how to apply your skill sets in the real world
great websites worth looking at
Dottie the Doodle & a brief description of how to start a website
the importance of organization
Every item in this list has the intent of helping creativity; drawing out the creative senses. Granted, most posts thus far have been geared towards artistic creativity, there are many other uses for creativity, no matter what you do or what you like. Some topics discussed are directly related to delving in and making things while others focus on the opposite, focus your thoughts and energy on something not directly related to a stereotypical ‘creative’ task. This will help open your mind to be more accepting of new, different things and to change in general. This can be integral if you’re trying to be more creative.
A logo for ‘creativity’
It boils down to the fact that creativity is a broad thing. Anything and everything can be applied in a creative sense. Because blogging is new for me and I’m learning every step of the way, I’ve come up with this: instead of attempting to teach you how to find your creativity through various activities (& odd, but good ones at that), I’ll focus on things that I do daily as a creative individual. This will still foster the growth of creativity, but in a more concise, less broad, way.
To do this, I’m kicking off with a 30 day project. Here’s how it will work:
I will create a post for each of the 30 pieces I make
This project will span over a few months, it will take me into March (trust me, I wish I had enough time to complete one a day)
Full disclosure: for the remaining 4 days of the week, I work Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. When I come home I usually make dinner, sometimes go to the gym and then relax. That leaves Tuesdays and Thursdays (plus weekends) for blogging. Now, we’ve got Dottie too. I can get things done when she naps. Otherwise, she goes outside about 20 times per day and we work on training for probably about an hour or two each day. I know some days will be tougher than others, but I’m determined! I challenge you to do something similar. If it isn’t artistically involved, that’s perfectly ok. Try something new each day for 30 days. Or, try picking up a book such as ‘The Trickster’s Hat,’ by Nick Bantock or ‘Creative Block,’ by Danielle Krysa ( & her blog) for exercises and projects to try.