Sunday, June 13, 2010

Collage 90

I was in the studio by myself on Friday and completed 4 more collages. That brings us up to 128 completed collages. This summer will be challenging to work together in the studio due to everyone's travel plans, so if we need to, we'll work on them outside the studio, but what makes this project so special to me is working side by side in the studio.

The next few collages all have a heavily religious feel. One of my favorite sources of ephemera is a huge box of cast-off materials I picked up in a second-hand store in western Massachusetts. It contains all kinds of curious things. Sometimes I try to puzzle together the person who it originated with. She certainly had a strong Christian leaning. She had a huge collection of Russian icon postcards which are coming up in this next series as well as many poems and religious instruction pamphlets.

On this particular piece I introduced stitching. Lynn had brought in needles and embroidery threat that she used as a teenager. You can see stitching along the top and right side of this piece. Emma is interested in clothing design and uses a lot of stitching as well. -- Lola

Lola Baltzell
from page 187-188 of original text
collage, acrylic paint, embroidery thread
made 5/2/10

1 comment:

  1. I did not realize you got that box at a second hand store! I thought it was your own scraps. Wow, that makes it even cooler because it is a total surprise what you will find. :)