Posts Tagged ‘Recycled art’

Time, Change, Erosion and Decay + Freebie Rust Dyeing Tutorial

Friday, March 17th, 2017

The process of transformation. Time, change, erosion and decay are qualities I like to celebrate. I examine and explore, the properties and possibilities, of my material and want to push the boundaries of something to get a deeper understanding.

In my latest project, I’m working with textiles over a 100 years old. I want to work with the worn and deteriorated textiles and collaborate alongside those, who in the past, so carefully stitched, mended and created, the pieces for comfort and warmth.

Each piece was once, carefully hand -stitched and now, breaking down and worn. I have very selectivity pulled apart and unpicked areas, and kept some intact.

Some areas of fabric, are so badly worn it breaks in my hands, so I have to reinforce it. Most pieces though are just left in their original state.

I then, like to push the process further with, natural & rust dying methods, mark making, hand stitching and painting with caste iron, botanical paints.

Numerous times, I expose the materials to the elements to experience the changes.

Getting to the essence of my material helps me to translate and describe its being. I rarely know the outcome of my projects and just go with the flow.

Wanting to know how to rust – dye?  Please see my  free rust – dyeing tutorial

3 New Collages using fragments.

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

100 yr old cotton textile fragments, vintage found objects, oil pigments,vintage card, linen thread, linen cloth.

 

 

The pieces of cloth are extremely fragile so each piece

 

 

needs to be reinforced and sealed and stitched into very carefully

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

before being attached to book board.

 

 

 

 

Mixed- Media Collage on Vintage Book Pages

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Mixed- Media Collage on Vintage Book Pages

3 abstract artworks
Size: Each artwork
Artwork 7.5″ x 5.5″ – 19 x 14cm
Size: with matt, 10″ x 8″ – 26 x 20cm.
Year 2016

“No Goodbye”

 

Mixed media collage. Found book paper, archive grey matt, thread on vintage book pages (Unframed)

 

“Indigo”

 

( Artwork is matted ready to frame)

 

“Air Attacks”

 

Signed and dated on the back.

 

 

Wallmatter Exhibition Photos – Jenny Davis – 2016

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Wallmatter Exhibition Photos – Jenny Davis – 2016

A huge thank you to everybody who attended the opening of my new exhibition Wallmatter last Saturday. A special thank you to all the people who helped me pull it altogether and make it a special day.  I feel so blessed and encouraged with all the support shown for my artwork and the new friendships I made.

Wallmatter continues until Tuesday August 16th at The Memo, Healesville Victoria. Free Entry. All artworks are for sale.

A few photos I took the next day as I forgot my camera on opening night.

Wallmatter

An installation of paint, concrete, rust and
textiles, inspired by imperfections and
weathered surfaces, linking to the abandoned
and neglected spaces found in urban and rural
environments.

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“Surfaces and objects touched by time tell a
story and are a raw reflection of their environment.
I want to highlight the significance of a random
mark, or the crumbling texture of a wall in an
underground space. They are evidence to a
previous time in history. My abstractions are
investigations into marks and traces left behind
in the urban and rural environment.”
– Jenny Davis, Artist

 

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Vintage Pulp Artwork & Article Published in US. Magazine.

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Artwork & Article Published in US. Magazine.

 

 

Vintage Pulp

Congratulations on having your artwork and article published in Sew Somerset!

Earlier this year I was approached by Stampington & Company in the USA. to write a feature article, about my mixed- media collages, for their magazine.

Today I am happy to announce my article and artwork has been published and is featured in the latest, “Sew Somerset Summer 2016” magazine.

 

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My paper mixed media collages, are created from old, damaged, vintage pulp fiction book pages, vintage pieces of linen and more.

I will post photographs of the article and where you can buy the magazine soon!

 

Rust & Shibori. Vintage Cigar Tins. Work in Progress.

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Rust & Shibori. Vintage Cigar Tins. Work in Progress.

A heap of vintage cigar tins in the process of change.

 

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Vintage buckle, Japanese Shibori dyed scrap. Rusty fence wires and Victorian silk buttons were purchased from Penny’s antique and vintage mixed media supplies.  Faginsdaughter

 

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Old rusted door lock and fence wire with weaving made from beach- combed finds and indigo cotton string.

 

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The beginnings of a textile book.

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Rust and indigo dyed wall piece

 

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Finally, another tin. Metal detector find, central Victoria, 1800’s suspender buckle, rusty wire and rust indigo dyed doily scrap. Unfortunately the beautiful buckle broke in this installation. It could be made from gold, as it was very soft.

 

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I may use some of these artworks in my next solo exhibition, “Wallmatter” in July

Altered Vintage Postcards. Small Paper Collages.

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Altered Vintage Postcards. Small Paper Collages.

A couple of altered postcards. I call them “postacards”. When I’m in a creative slump, I pull out a box of vintage postcards, found papers and tear, cut & paste. Weird things happen when you throw in unrelated images together. A whole new narrative is created.

Vintage cards collected from all over the world

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This is one of my first postacards I created using paper off-cuts from other projects. Its a bit of a time- machine embeded in an underground chamber.

D’arc time capsule

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This one is untitled for now. 3 ominous figures, guardians or threatening invaders.

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Axis of Evil Sonata. Equilibrium. Sculpture.

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Axis of Evil Sonata. Equilibrium. Sculpture.

It’s never too late… finally after many changes, a couple of sculpture’s I started back in 2006 are now complete. ( I think). Sometimes I have to wait around a long time for the right object to turn up. Of course, I don’t know what it is until I come across it.

TITLE – Axis of Evil Sonata. 2006-2015

 

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SIZE – 19x12x11cm. approx

 

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MED – plastic cowboy, eagle, wooden music box, mirror, metal, glass vials, black sand, paper,enamel paint, music box movement.

 

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Found -Object sculpture. Music box beats out Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” while a gunslinger from the “Wild West” spins around. Beside the black box sit, 5 glass vials, filled with fine black gravel. The inside of the box is filled with more, fine black gravel. Reflections on war and global conflict. A response to the invasion into Iraq, 2003.

 

TITLE- Equilibrium. 2006-2015

 

 

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SIZE- 18″ x 8″ – 47x20cm approx.
MED – plastic,rock-metal,music box ballerina,wire, enamel paint.

 

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Composure. Mental or emotional balance.

 

 

Building Layers. Mixed Media. Cradled Boards.

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Building Layers. Mixed Media. Cradled Boards.

Mixed-media art works on cradled birch boards, I started a few weeks ago.

 

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Working on board allows me to scrape back, sand & scratch into the surface

 

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I have left areas raw to show the grain. Building layers with shellac stains, found papers and textiles.

 

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More oil pigments, graphite dust and inks.

 

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I may add some encaustic wax, as well.

See the beginning of the series  here

Mixed Media Collages. Abandoned Matter.

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

A series of mixed media collages. By reclaiming and re-using abandoned matter, each piece gives new meaning to the (discarded) found in the environment. Mark making with thread, found papers and stains.

 

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VMX – Jenny Davis

TITLE VMX.
MED Acrylic gesso paint, ink, staining, acrylic sealer, found papers & font, thread and cardboard packaging mounted on deep olive green acid free board.
SIZE Artwork 5.5″x 3″ – 14x7cm.
SIZE Mount Board 8″ x5″ – 21 x 13cm. approx.
YEAR 2014
Signed on front by artist
Ready to frame

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TrackXE Jenny Davis

TraXE – Jenny Davis

TITLE TraXE.
MED Acrylic gesso paint, ink, staining, acrylic sealer, found papers & font, thread and cardboard packaging mounted on deep olive green acid free board.
SIZE Artwork 5.5″x 3″ – 14x7cm.
SIZE Mount Board 8″ x5″ – 21 x 13cm. approx.
YEAR 2014
Signed on front by artist
Ready to frame

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TraX –  Jenny Davis

TITLE TraX.
MED Acrylic gesso paint, ink, staining, acrylic sealer, found papers & font, thread and cardboard packaging mounted on deep olive green acid free board.
SIZE Artwork 5.5″x 3″ – 14x7cm.
SIZE Mount Board 8″ x5″ – 21 x 13cm. approx.
YEAR 2014
Signed on front by artist
Ready to frame

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Trak2 - Jenny Davis

TraX2 – Jenny Davis

TITLE TraX2.
MED Acrylic gesso paint, ink, staining, acrylic sealer, found papers & font, thread and cardboard packaging mounted on deep olive green acid free board.
SIZE Artwork 5.5″x 3″ – 14x7cm.
SIZE Mount Board 8″ x5″ – 21 x 13cm. approx.
YEAR 2014
Signed on front by artist
Ready to frame

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VArow

VArow – Jenny Davis

TITLE VArow.
MED Acrylic gesso paint, ink, staining, acrylic sealer, found papers & font, thread and cardboard packaging mounted on deep olive green acid free board.
SIZE Artwork 5.5″x 3″ – 14x7cm.
SIZE Mount Board 8″ x 5″ – 21 x 13cm. approx.
YEAR 2014
Signed on front by artist
Ready to frame

Buy here