Posts Tagged ‘collecting’

The Power of an Object. Identity through Object.

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

One of my life- time interests is collecting vintage, antique and found objects. I believe, through objects, stories can be told, and through imagination, new ones found.

Objects and their stories, often inspire my art making too. I deconstruct items for sculpture. Old clothing and antique quilts, are often used in textile pieces, artist books and collage. Aged  surfaces and patinas of collections, make their way into my abstract paintings, too.

 

 

Lately, I have been asking myself a few questions about, collecting and identity. Especially after the passing of my step father a few years ago, when I had the huge task, of cleaning out his house and shed. Overwhelming at times, the hoard, has found it’s way into my life & studio

 

 

Having only known him for a short time, (5yrs) I’ve discovered, through his belongings and objects, a hidden or, new identity.

 

 

Strangely , I now find myself imagining, a new “make believe identity” through the objects he hoarded

 

 

This has lead me to many questions…

When alive, do we really know a person? and can things and objects help us to see, a new, or different identity?

Through objects and belongings, can we feel connected to that person?

Can objects change, how we see others & ourselves?

 

 

 

 

 

Stuck for Ideas.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Sometimes, when I’m stuck for ideas making artwork and it’s just not happening, I  like to throw a heap of things together and arrange them near my work.

The items, may relate in colour, texture and type or be opposing which, I find much more exciting. Your brain will automatically try to come up with solutions. Expanding your ideas and creating new ones.

The flow on of ideas is sometimes amazing. It can lead to, resolving the artwork in front of you, as well as, give you ideas for a whole new body of work.

Juxtaposition and connections of items together seems to work for me.

I believe there is a creative force that is connected to everything we do.

Collecting. What do you like to Collect?

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

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Collecting. What do you like to Collect? Collecting can become so addictive, especially for an artist. My found objects and things are the inspiration and starting point for most of my artwork and ideas. When I see something, it can trigger off an instant idea and give me a vision to work with. I think this is why I love museums, as display and arranging objects are an important part of my sculptural and photographic work.

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I have been collecting since I was born. I used to hide stuff under my bed in boxes as a child. As an adult, I’m still putting stuff into boxes, plastic bags and other strange things. I view my collections as arrangements. They are all art installations scattered around my place, as well as, material for use in my arts projects

 

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Walking through the streets to the local shop I always come home with something foot trodden. A piece of paper, packaging, a bright piece of plastic, glass all, will be used in my art, eventually.

 

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When I travel overseas (much to the sometimes embarrassment to friends and family) I pick up off the ground, bottle tops, lolly papers, wires bright bits of plastic, even if an item might disturb me, I’ll bring it home. On a tour once, in Europe the whole busload of passengers collected bottle tops for me.

 

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My stuff may brood for years in a dark space or cupboard, till I come across it again, sending me off on another project.

 

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On my last trip to France, I came home with 15 kilo of junk. I collected baguette bags, string, stones, free ad cards, labels from food items, torn posters, books and papers from a bin.

 

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I also, collect vintage photographs. They tell stories of people and places, I’ll never know about, so, I make my own narrative.

 

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Scientific stuff, equations, wire, tin, bones, animal skeletons, fur, hair, watches, old mobile covers, old shuttlecocks, vintage buttons, eye glasses, shriveled things, found numbers and fonts from keyboards.

 

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Magazines and advertising, boxes, packaging, all sorts paper, vintage clothes, fabrics, wall papers, shells, vintage items and china, driftwood, snow-globes, toys, children’s books and so much more

 

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I go to op shops, city streets, airports, underground spaces, beaches, garage sales, friends houses and sometimes, find stuff on EBay. Part of the fun and attraction for me is, the actual finding of discarded material that has been thrown away. I will recycle it into something else or, just show it’s beauty, as it is.

 

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Collections of things are extremely important, for future generations too. 100’s of years from now, someone may come across my piece of fabric, wallpaper ,lolly paper, box ,bone etc. that will give them information on how we lived in our time, in our place.

Collections are also portraits of those who love to glean…..

Check out Andy Warhol’s boxes of stuff he collected over his life time
“Warhol Time Capsules”

Old Clothes. Re-Cycling. Art Making.

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Before, I throw anything away, I like to see if I can use it in my creative ideas. Not only am I dealing with issues concerning, over- consumption, re- cycling & renewing, I also love using the found material and always have a ready supply of art materials available.

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Recently, I acquired a large amount of men’s ties, I’m pulling apart, to create abstract paintings.

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I also have 3 wardrobes of old clothing, I’m slowly, using to make textile art pieces, books and more. The physical act of pulling apart and de-constructing my own clothing, connects me to the textures, memories and history of the piece. The materials are then, made into new ideas, re- introduced and re- valued.

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Paper packaging, used coffee filters, table napkins and clothing dyed and baked in coffee, tea and rust

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Vintage jumpers, jeans and shirts, torn and cut ready for book-making and other projects

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Artwork in progress using scraps of vintage sheer curtain and upholstery material, rust dyed.

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The Hubcap as Art.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

UPDATE!

Details about the environmental installation I am participating in at The Museum of Shenandoah Valley in Virginia USA!

 

Second Time Around

 

  

MUSEUM OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY
901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA, 22601 USA
888-556-57997th. September 2014  – March 1st. 2015Opening Saturday, September 06, 2014 at 7:00 PM – 9:00 pm

Finally, be sure to register for the opening party on September 6 if you plan to attend!
If you have any questions, please contact Marge Lee at mlee@museumword.comArts Project Creator

Ken Marquis Founder, The Landfillart Project

“Second Time Around. The Hubcap as Art”

Artist list 

 

Image credits on exhibition logotype: Pasta Maker Machine, 2010, Kathy Rebek, New Jersey, and Untitled 2009 by Linda Leviton, Ohio. Courtesy of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. 

My artwork selected for the “Second Time Around. The Hubcap as Art” exhibition.

 

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Letters from the Border. Jenny Davis. 2009.

This piece is a collage of images taken from my collection.

It includes 2003 emails I received from a US soldier

when he was on the border in Kuwait, waiting to invade Iraq.

He described the constant multiple bombings,

the daily life of his troops and photos of what he saw around him.

One photo, the little flower, represented the hope in the dusty dry dessert.

After several months of correspondence,

I never heard from him again and have been unable to locate him.

 

 

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One-minute video trailer by Los Angeles film and TV director Larry Carroll.

Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art!

 

 Underwriters and Partners:

 

 

 


 

 

Inspiration. Maidstone Museum Kent. England.

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

I love this place!

When I was in England a few years ago, I visited the Maidstone Museum in Kent. The Museum is housed in a charming Elizabethan Manor House, in the centre of Maidstone.

I had the whole place to myself and spent hours, strolling through large rooms, full to the brim, with stuffed animals, neolithic objects, dinosaur bones, Wordsworth, ancient artifacts, primitive tools, old toys, decorative arts and crafts, gilded manuscripts, books and old artworks. There was even an Egyptian mummy.

 

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A few artworks, objects and photographs created over the years, inspired by my visit that day.

 

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In Transit. Tiny Collages. New Work

Monday, May 26th, 2014

In Transit.

Using trickery and lies, Australian Navy and Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a boat carrying asylum seekers in December 2012. They were told they would be taken to Christmas island and transferred onto a small lifeboat and handed a document that said: “You only have enough fuel to reach land in Indonesia. You do not have enough fuel to continue your voyage to Australia … if you continue on your journey, the master and crew of your boat will face harsh penalties, which may include a jail term.

The United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention defines a refugee as someone: “owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”All refugees have been asylum seekers. People who arrive in countries that are signatory to the 1951 Convention, regardless of their method of arrival, are entitled to seek refugee protection. Refugee status determination does not discriminate between how a person arrived in a country and lodged their application.

A series of little collages “In Transit” on canvas made from vintage papers, wallpaper, found street litter F.G, Washi tape, pen and ink .

Size 10.2 x 10. 2 each

 

Handmade Books. Recycling.

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Jenny Davis_ Handmade Book

I love to recycle packaging, junk mail and advertising materials into books

 

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I like the freedom of designing my books as I make them, discovering ideas along the the way

 

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Its amazing how much packaging can be saved over time

 

 

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For this book I used cereal packaging with a peephole and pasta boxes with acetate windows for the interior pages

 

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and sealed the pages with white Gesso

 

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only on one side because I liked the dark look of the cardboard ( later I painted them with Parisian essence to age )

 

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On the cover I used double sided tape to stick down the tabs

 

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to make it more sturdy

 

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The little window will have something inside

 

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Taking a load of baguette bags I bought back from France

 

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I scrunched them up into balls and wrinkled them

 

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opened them up and stuck them to the cover packaging with pva glue

 

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This gave the cover an oldish feel with a lovely rough texture.French text shows through the window

 

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I covered the inside with some French text from a 1900’s magazine, stamping and my hand drawn doodle drawings.

 

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I didn’t like the brightness of the gessoed pages so aged them with washes of Parisian essence

 

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When dry I cut off some of side flaps from the inside pages saving them for tags and pockets later

 

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I didn’t have an awl to make the holes for binding the book, instead I used a hammer and nail. It worked fine

 

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I punched 3 rows of holes weaving in and out with cotton mop thread

 

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leaving a tail inside I then plaited the threads and added a piece cardboard for a bead thing

 

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The extra holes seen were a mistake and can be covered up with more baguette paper and glue later

 

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Side flaps on some of the pages hold piles of water colour papers for collage and drawing

 

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They are tied with cotton mop thread

 

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The loose water colour papers are white and hand dyed with Parisian essence

 

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See through windows add more interest

 

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Pockets and string hold found papers and tags. The book is still not finished and I will probably add more tags and pockets

 

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Toggles were sewn on the front with a string to close

 

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This book has a Japanese feel to it and measures 24 x19cm. 5 pockets hold 40 pieces of water colour paper with another 12 pages. Some have windows.

I try to keep on top of my collecting by making something with the packaging every few weeks.

What do you make from your junk?

The Travelling Artist

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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Wherever I go I like to have all my art materials in one place encase I need to jot down an idea, or for when I get that creative burst.

 

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So, when I found this old case I knew exactly what I would do with it. I made myself a personal art kit for when I go out and about. I keep this case in my car and it goes everywhere with me. I also have a smaller kit for when I travel overseas. This kit is much lighter so I can collect art materials along the way

 

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It has everything I need for drawing, painting, collage, photo transfer, stamping and writing

In Transit series of collages

 

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Acrylic paints and ink in a pouch my daughter gave me

 

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Chalk in a vintage medical tin

 

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Water colour paints, coloured pencils and double sided tape

 

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Brushes for painting, pens for drawing and writing, felt pens, graphite pencils, knife, scissors and glue stick for collage

 

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Paint swatches

 

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Collage papers in a plastic pouch.  Mixed lot of vintage and newer papers

 

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Hand- dyed coffee filters, vintage wallpaper, labels and book pages

 

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Stained printed matter and newer papers

 

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Old music prayer book

 

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1932 school book full of hand drawn  world maps

 

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1960s New Idea magazine for cutting

 

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Old advertising

 

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Vintage encyclopeadia pages sealed with a layer of translucent gesso paint

 

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A book of hand-made French paper

 

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Small canvas boards and palette, matt and gloss medium for collage, painting & transfers

 

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Mini stamping kit in old cigar tin

 

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Stamp pad, tiny rubber text stamps in matchbox, stamp holder and tweezers

 

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I also carry a selection of my hand made artist books in progress to work in.

 

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My books are made from found papers, junk mail, advertising

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used envelopes, cereal boxes and food packaging

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Embellished with used clothing labels, tags, stamps, stickers, pen ,ink and found fabric scraps

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sewn with thread or wire and filled with whatever else I find in my travels

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It’s amazing how much I can fit into the case

 

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Do you have a portable art kit ?  Whats in your art kit ?

See Jenny’s portfolio here

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Drawing & Collage on Vintage Index Cards.

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Drawing & Collage on Vintage Index Cards.

“Indexing” a series of small abstract drawing & collage

 

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collage with vintage found papers

 

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watery black ink & pen

 

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tissue and hand drawn doodles

 

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original vintage French script

 

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with oil pastel on old index cards