#CIJParty 2015 – Collage Artist Lin

Guest blog post by Lin of rhodyart

As a collage artist who specializes in vintage themes, I’m often asked, first, why I started doing collage, and second, why vintage?

Collage art came to my life in college, when I took an art history bloc for a term (a combination of courses that included history, art, art history, and social history). My supervisor for the term required all his students to do art. Since I can’t draw (I really can’t draw anything recognizable) and my painting isn’t something I boast about, I chose collage because I thought it was easy.

Nope. It became a challenge to do original, interesting collage that my supervisor thought was worth a grade and I realized that real collage art is difficult to do.

Fast forward 25 years, during which I forgot about making art and focused on writing. During a particularly stressful part of my life, I returned to art — and collage. Because my focus in college and grad school had been social history I was particularly interested in old papers and ephemera (items of collectible memorabilia, typically written or printed ones, that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity) because of its pop culture element.

Gradually I developed a style in which I paired vintage elements with a snarky sense of humor and became the Rhodyart I am today.

rhodyart

rhodyart

This is inspired by my intense dislike of eggplant and uses an image of a Victorian woman as its focal point. I’ve also used some netting in the background as well as handmade paper.

One of the things I’m fascinated by is pop culture of all kinds. I’m particularly fond of geeky stuff but also what many would consider trash (like reality TV for example).

rhodyart

rhodyart

Much to my amazement, one of my Kardashian themed items was featured in E! Online’s “Kardashian Fan Gift Guide.” I’m still not sure how that happened.

My work comments quite often on pop culture, but I also do more serious stuff – my wedding and engagement cards aren’t always silly or quirky.

This card, for example, is based on two characters from the PBS series “Downton Abbey,” Anna and Mr. Bates, and it’s how I imagine the two before taking a walk together.

rhodyart

rhodyart

And one thing I’m always on the lookout for is more stuff to use for my work. I have to admit that I have way too much stuff already that I probably am never going to use. The thing about my work, though, is that an interest in one style or type of ephemera can wane with another kind stepping up to the plate. For a while I used a lot of 3D elements – now I seem to be backing away from that.

I always try to source my materials from Etsy sellers, and it’s great when I can find some new shops with materials I haven’t seen before.

One shop that I love (and have already purchased a photo from) is The Old Barn Door, which sells photos and postcards and is run by Patricia in Picton, Ontario, Canada. One of the items I’m really interested in is this one.

TheOldBarnDoor

TheOldBarnDoor

This item actually has a personal connection to me. It’s the State Normal School in Providence, Rhode Island, which was actually a college for teachers. In later years, it became the Providence campus of the University of Rhode Island – AND I attended classes there from 1983-1986! Hence my interest.

I also love vintage 3-D pieces, and the Etsy shop Collectique  has a great selection of old game pieces that I’m trying to figure out how to work into my collage/assemblage art, including several types of Monopoly game pieces, as well as actual game sets that look really interesting. I was particularly drawn to the vintage Barbie dolls, which I recognize from my childhood, such as this one.

Collectique

Collectique

I know this would be sacrilege to Barbie collectors, but I’ve been thinking about using dolls in possible assemblage projects and these pique my interest.

Finally, Firepan Jewelry has a selection of items in its Destash section that look intriguing. I particularly like this collection of vintage paper pieces.

FirepanJewellery

FirepanJewellery

There’s also some vintage coins. My larger collages often feature coins and tokens as part of the piece, and as such I’m usually keeping a look out for such items.

These are only a few of the things that I look for when working on my collages. Doing vintage inspired work means that I can use items from across eras – and not be shy about combining them. My only limitation is how much I have in my wallet.

I love what I do and I hope to continue doing it for a very long time. Because I deal with a severe chronic illness (like many others), art has become therapy. I’m very glad to be able to share the work I love to do with people on Etsy.

My social media sites:

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/rhodyart

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rhodyart

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rhodyart

For the next #CIJParty post please see main party post.

Aurora Red – Pantone Fashion Color For Fall 2014

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Color trends are a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons! According to Pantone one of the top colors for Fall 2014 is Aurora Red.

Aurora Red is a more sophisticated shade that adds verve and spark.FCR_FALL2014_Home_Banner_Img

Members of the EtsyChristmasinJuly Team have many Aurora Red items in their shops! Here are a few!

Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby found this cheery Santa at an estate sale. It is a beautiful example of hand carved folk art from the New England region. They love how each whittled cut is angled in the piece -it lends to the rustic charm! Beautifully carved, and gorgeously painted, featuring an earthy shade of red -or as Pantone calls it – aurora red! A wonderful shade that will not overpower your holiday decor!

Vintage New England Hand Carved  Santa From northandsouthshabby

Vintage New England Hand Carved Santa From northandsouthshabby

Lia from Ghirlandiamo says that creating this wreath, she liked using not the classic Christmas red but a bit different one. Lia wanted to create a particular contrast between the base color and the white snow flakes. What do you think about it?

Aurora Red Italian Christmas Wreath From Ghirlandiamo

Aurora Red Italian Christmas Wreath From Ghirlandiamo

Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy loves deep red for the holidays. When she found these hand cut lead crystal beads at a bead store on their travels to Southern Colorado, she knew they were screaming “ornament”. Here is the result of that lovely trip!

Lead Crystal Hand Beaded Victorian Christmas Holiday Ornament Cover From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Lead Crystal Hand Beaded Victorian Christmas Holiday Ornament Cover From BeadsandThreadsbyAmy

Christine from cwagenblass9 says this is an interesting shade of red – great for Christmas items.

Aurora Red Homemade Christmas quilt Star Tags From cwagenblass9

Aurora Red Homemade Christmas quilt Star Tags From cwagenblass9

G from PaperDraper shares This seems apt as she has what could be an aurora red in the sky! Her images for this collage were taken from a 1940’s newspaper and the lines behind signify a bomb blast with boy scouts cycling for their lives.

Aurora Red Original Collage From PaperDraper

Aurora Red Original Collage From PaperDraper

Majorie from mscenna came upon these vintage chunky pearl beads and couldn’t quite decide what to make but had a necklace in mind. When Majorie found the blue vintage beads and all she could think of was “something borrowed and something blue”.  She put them together in hopes of finding a bride who wanted a vintage inspired necklace!

Aurora Red Button Pin From mscenna

Aurora Red Button Pin From mscenna

Susan from SSFDesigns made this Aurora Red sequin evening dress for a custom order. She thought that the hardest part to making it would be getting the perfect fit and the boning detail , but it turns out that trying to get the picture taken with all the sequins was the hard part. Ordered as a custom order in her shop.

Aurora Red Evening Dress From SSFDesigns

Aurora Red Evening Dress From SSFDesigns

msmadmax from madmaxshop says that Julie Barne’s (Peggy Lipton) probably wore a bodysuit similar to this one being one of the hippest and first young undercover female detectives. Soft and stretchy and easy to wear. Dig it!!!

Aurora Red And Black Stripe Bodysuit From madmaxshop

Aurora Red And Black Stripe Bodysuit From madmaxshop

Rachel Palmer from 910woolgathering says the yarn she used in the scarf was the inspiration. The separate colors all lend themselves to go together, that it is always fun to try new pairings that she never would have tried. The shine and the drape are also added bonuses.

Aurora Red Unisex Cowl Wrap From 910woolgathering

Aurora Red Unisex Cowl Wrap From 910woolgathering

Kristy Jo from KrystalKlarityBeads shares that she made this because it has such depth and a more natural feel than many other stones. She kept thinking of fall colors and the depth that nature shows in, say – a red Maple tree. She had a necklace of this already and the stones are smooth and comfortable so she wanted a bracelet as well. Kristy Jo likes to look at bracelets (when we wear them they are more visible to us ourselves) and she tends to look from the color of what she is wearing to the colors in nature when she is outside.

Aurora Red Gemstone Bracelet From KrystalKlarityBeads

Aurora Red Gemstone Bracelet From KrystalKlarityBeads

Nancy Duncan from EponasCrystals says that while red is not one of her favorite colors, carnelian is one of my favorite stones. It can be orange to red in color, and these beads were in that red zone. Red brings a warm energy and is a nice color for fall and winter.

Aurora Red Stretch Bracelet From EponasCrystals

Aurora Red Stretch Bracelet From EponasCrystals

Noel from MinkCouture lets us know this chunky bangle bracelet is made with beads wrapped and knotted with a vintage men’s tie. The tie is cream, mauve and aurora red. A funky accessory that can compliment any outfit.

Aurora Red And Cream Vintage Mens Tie Bangle BraceletFrom MinkCouture

Aurora Red And Cream Vintage Mens Tie Bangle BraceletFrom MinkCouture

Isabel from CozyDetailz says that a Christmas inspiration to make this bracelet, using several and different red tones and calling it an Aurora Red friendship bracelet for all her friends in the world.

Aurora Red Cuff Bracelet From CozyDetailz

Aurora Red Cuff Bracelet From CozyDetailz

candy frizzell from TrueEarthDesigns says we usually think of the orange and yellows of fall, but look at a autumn tree and you see a deep brick red as well. This is her favorite time of year.

Aurora Red Faceted Agate Necklace And Earring Set From TrueEarthDesigns

Aurora Red Faceted Agate Necklace And Earring Set From TrueEarthDesigns

Elizabeth Berry from feesfusions says she made this pendant with a technique called a pot melt. Several colors of glass are melted together in the kiln and the end result is always a surprise as you really never know what the end result will be. Elizabeth really likes the reds in this pendant with a touch of white and black.

Aurora Red Fused Glass Pendant  From feesfusions

Aurora Red Fused Glass Pendant From feesfusions

collectique from Collectique says nice Norwegian tole in these two hand painted Aurora Red wall hangings. Gives a bright enhancement to any room, but she pictures them hanging in the kitchen since one is a cutting board and the other is a wall pocket or a knife holder. Matching floral designs and the green swirling leaves really deepen the lovely red background color.

Aurora Red Kitchen Home Decor From Collectique

Aurora Red Kitchen Home Decor From Collectique