Monday, June 30, 2008

The Chat and The Cedar Bird


UPDATE: I have yet to list either THE CHAT or THE CEDAR BIRD, I have hopes to get them professionally photographed and listed soon so please keep checking, or e-mail me at crystal_opf@comcast.net if you are interested in purchasing.

This week in the studio I have been exploring the colors, textures, and aged patinas found in old book bindings and papers, and I find a series is unfolding.

I am fascinated at how I can combine these elements to emulate a moss covered tree trunk or impress an image of peering into a forest at dusk.
The Chat

An 1800s cloth covered book board combined with the binding tape pulled from the spine, the cloth from the spine of a second book, a vintage brass stencil and a bird image from a 1910 edition of Webster's Dictionary.


The board is mounted to a back frame which has been covered in the same dictionary page as the bird, no need for framing, it is ready to hang.

A second original image of The Chat and the definition are mounted to the back.

This next one is by far my favorite so far. It seems that it was common practice in earlier times to use old text along the spine of a book along with or in place of the seam tape. This one peeled back to reveal a green page with text that beautifully emulates a moss covered tree trunk!

It is hard to really show the depth and dimension to the piece with my basic little camera. I hope to have a friend photograph it before it is sold.


The Cedar Bird


I've revealed the interior spine and the leather that surrounded it and mounted both to the leather cover of the 1870s book. A 1910 dictionary image of The Cedar Bird sits looking out at the cottage across the lake. This lithograph image was lifted from a cover of a little postcard type book, also from the late 1800s. I have thinned the image to almost tissue transparency.


The leather book board has been mounted to a back frame covered in the 1910 dictionary page the Cedar Bird is found on. A second original image and the definition is mounted to the back of the board.


The last project I have to show was just a fun way to doll up a tiny leather book of poetry bought in an antique shop a few years back.


B...just Because


B is for bunny, and billy goat, and book...just because.


Brass letter stencils, book binding and bits of a children's book cover and game box. Only the cover and the title page have been altered. The Fifty Best Poems of England can still be read and enjoyed.

Each of these items will be listed at OPF Studio later today.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Nesting Instinct

This week, back at home full time, working in the studio as often as inspiration hit was such a blessing. I hadn't realized I was creating around a "theme" until I started to list the items for sale.

Everything I've finished is either bird or house themed, or both. I think it's my nesting instinct kicking in after being out in the workplace for so long.

The Woodpecker


Handcrafted collage created on an antique leather book cover from the 1870s, the collage is designed to give the impression of viewing the bird through a window as he works away at an old tree outside.

The collage is supported by a wooden back frame, which is covered in antique text. No need for framing, it is ready to hang!

The other elements used are an antique bird image from a 1919 Children's Encyclopedia, portion of an antique cabinet photo card, antique sheet music cover, cloth from the spine of an antique book, an antique sleeve from an old tintype photo, and mica.

For more information about this collage or to purchase be sure to visit my Etsy shop OPF Studio here.


The Teachings of Spring

A handcrafted topiary style house assemblage created from antique & vintage elements. Very shabby urban chic.


The focal point is this antique bird image salvaged from a 1910 dictionary and mounted on an antique brass doorknob.

Other elements include antique text, ads, cloth salvaged from an antique book, metal architectural element, and brass stamping from an antique drawer pull.


The title comes from an 1870s edition of the Sunday Magazine.


Antique lamp parts and bobbin with thread still wound serve as the base. For more information about this assemblage or to purchase visit my Etsy shop OPF Studio here.


Goodness and Love

Inspired by the verse
"Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." Psalm 23:6, this vintagy cottage style house topiary would make a great house warming gift for summer.

It is handcrafted from antique architectural salvage, antique text, beeswax, oil crayons and more. For more pictures and information or to purchase visit my shop OPF Studio here.

Now back to the studio for me and until next time, don't forget to send me an e-mail or leave me a comment to sign up for my newsletter for great discounts in both the store and the studio and a chance to win one of my collage ephemera packs!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Introducing OPF Studio! A Grand Opening Celebration!

After nearly two years of fun selling my art & curious found objects and vintage items together at my Etsy shop,Other Peoples Flowers, I am pleased to announce the Grand Opening of OPF Studio!

As I shift gears from working outside the home back to being full time in the studio, I will be offering more of my own collage, assemblage and jewelry art for sale and OPF Studio will be the place to find them!

But don't despair, you can still find the same great flea market finds and vintage curiousities to use in your own art at Other Peoples Flowers. With new items now being added many times a day, be sure to check in often!

Take a look below at some of what you'll find at OPF Studio today. Before you head over be sure to leave me a comment to let me know you'd like to sign up for my monthly newsletter. I have an awesome Grand Opening offer and a give-away exclusively for everyone on my mailing list!


Twilight


4" x 4" x 1.5" Dimensional collage featuring a wonderful antique crow image salvaged from the cover of a 1890s Children's book. More images and information about this piece are available here at OPF Studio.


Waltz of the Bluebirds

Dimensional collage created on the cover of an antique World Atlas. Bird images are salvaged from the cover of antique sheet music. Check out the listing for Waltz of the Bluebirds for more photos and details here at OPF Studio.


HE STOPPED LOVING ME TODAY


A poignant series of 16 collages inspired by a bundle of 1920s love letters hidden away in an alcove in the walls of mom's childhood home.

The letters chronograph the love story of sweethearts, Mary and Gerarld, as Gerald moves from city to city to find work, leaving Mary pining for him back home.

Each of the dimensional collages is created on a 4" x 4" x 1.5" canvas and is designed to have an impact individually, grouped in any combination of 2 or more canvases, or all together.

The letters vary in tone from upbeat & funny stories Mary tells of her family and friends, to intriguing romantic and sometimes racy and passionate teasing, to despondant longing for "Gerry" to return home or allow Mary to come visit him on the road.


Each collage is finished on the sides and looks equally at home on a shelf or table top as it does hanging on the wall. Each has a small picture "fragment" and is signed and dated on the back.


Photos and found objects add to the mystery and allure of the words and are authentic antiques, mostly from the same era.

Mary and Gerald were never married, but he must have continued to care for her in his heart as he carefully tucked these letters away.

Come on over to the studio here to see more pictures or to purchase any of the 16 collages in this series.

And don't forget to leave me a comment letting me know you'd like to sign up for my monthly newsletter to take advantage of the Grand Opening special good in both OPF Studio and Other Peoples Flowers on Etsy and get your name in the drawing - a $25 value!