Mixed Media Artist

About Me

San Leandro, California
I am a mostly retired Nurse who works enough to pay for a studio and art supplies. I have been making art all my life, with no formal degree-type training, beginning with sewing at an early age. I discovered the JOY of quilting when I realized how much I liked breaking rules and telling stories. Workshops in surface design and art quilting, mentoring and encouragement from quilt artists, discovering the magic of assemblage with found objects, has landed me right in the middle of a mixed media world of art. I have been making my art and keeping it mostly to myself, giving it away only when I felt it was safe to do so. Finally, I was convinced that in order to grow artistically, I had to open up my art world for others to see, to like or not, but to see. Please take a look. Any comments, suggestions are welcome.

Aug 19, 2012

All Good Men

I love using typography in my artwork and was happy to see that our new Art's in the Cards ReVisioned challenge was a revisit to the first ATC challenge I participated in. For the background I used a wonderful document envelope constructed of a rough hand made paper with white letters stamped on it. I can't imagine using it as an envelope because it is so coarse and I don't remember where I came across the envelope,  but  held onto it because I knew I would use it someday.

In my high school typing class, when there were clunky old typewriters, we would warm up by typing:
"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country." I have been touch typing ever since and at one time was a high-speed typist on an ELECTRIC typewriter! Computer keyboards are set up just like old typewriter keys, but much easier to use and make mistakes on. Every now and then,  just to see if I can still do it, I type "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country."

After my typing drill, I began searching for pictures of soldiers, and was delighted to see the many different photos of people in gas masks, beginning in WWI.  I especially loved the photo of a german shepherd dog in a gas mask.

I printed the photos  on cotton and sewed them on the background. I transferred the text onto Lutrador then fused the words on with Wonder-Under. I liked the transparency of the Lutrador but it was tricky to transfer and fuse on it.  The color of the piece is more like the detail, not blue like the larger photo

13" x 26"


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