Sunday, April 25, 2021

Geisha Collage

 I'm working on a series of collages based on vintage postcards of Japanese Geisha from the early 1900's.

This collage is a portrait of the a Geisha named Sakae. She was very popular and is featured on many postcards. I scanned the original postcard so as not to ruin the original. It's combined with pages from a vintage Japanese book, handmade washi papers, and a fan letterpress printed from my own design.



Sunday, April 18, 2021

Spring Butterfly Collage

I thought I'd do a spring-y collage. I used antique French documents including one dated 1898, vintage floral wallpaper and a butterfly stamp from the Republic of Guinea. This collage is available for sale in my collage shop, The Torn Letter.



Sunday, March 14, 2021

Collage Re-do

Sometimes I do a collage that after a while I look at it and think to myself, "I could use that canvas for something better". You won't see the before, but here is the after. 

I used some vintage Japanese documents, washi paper, and a piece of a damaged print by Keisuke Serizawa (1895-1984). Serizawa was a master of katazome stencil dyeing and in 1956 the Japanese government made him a National Living Treasure. I have several of his limited edition calendars and have posted them previously (although it may be time for another post!)



Sunday, February 28, 2021

New Collage

Here are a couple of new collages. Vintage documents, postage stamps, handmade papers - all of my favorite things to collage with. On the first collage, I also used a metal bird and branch with a nice green patina. I purchased them a number of years ago to make some jewelry that never happened.

Soon to be for sale in my Etsy shop TheTornLetter



Sunday, February 7, 2021

Shades of Blue

 I did this collage using a bunch a letterpress scraps and various papers in shades of blue.



Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Mini Junk Journals

I made a few mini junk journals from various scrap papers and some kraft moleskine journal covers that I ruined when printing but decided were still good for something. I took the original notebooks apart, collaged the covers, added my own papers and re-stitched the down the middle. These two notebooks are for sale in my Etsy shop, The Torn Letter.



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