Thursday, June 22, 2006
The collage posted here is my submission to Claudine Hellmuth's podcast #5. For those unfamiliar with Claudine, she's a very successful collage artist, and she occasionally posts "challenges" on her blog. She presents a theme - in this case the theme was the word MACHINE. Artists who visit her blog are invited to make a 20-minute collage that fits the theme, and then briefly describe the artistic process behind it. You can see my previous podcast submissions at the right. At first, the 20-minute time limit was very difficult for me, and to be honest, I usually spend about 30 minutes, but it's now very freeing to know that in half an hour, I'll have a finished piece of art. Sometimes, when you allow yourself less time to think, the art is less contrived. Here was the basic premise behind this piece...
What do I know about machines? I'm a girl! But then I thought - hmmm, sewing machine, or typewriter- girly machines with lots of collage potential. I found some old typewriter key letters among my stash, and created an antiqued background to go with the old letters. The heart - also an amazing machine- was cut out of a dress pattern, and glued in place. We often think with our hearts, I believe, so that's where the word "think" came from. I added hand-stitches around the heart with a black crayon. I was very satisfied with the result since the word intimidated me so much at first.