Thursday, July 15, 2010

Buried Treasure 2010

Here is a repost of an old blog post that is part of the "Buried Treasure 2010" idea from Seth Apter's blog

Trying out my new patina technique- learned at ACE Hardware

Titled "Skin Circuitry" an Emblage

Detail of an ACEO that I decided to attach.

The woman playing the "organ" ( skin is an organ you know) is a collage that I had made in the 90's and resurrected. Made from an image from an old sterograph, Japanese paper and biology diagram.

So, I'm kind of new at some of these assemblage techniques. I am oh so great at collecting wonderful bits and pieces and even buying the necessary supplies to create any number of wonderful projects. The problem is that I am trying to learn a lot of connection techniques on my own because I seem to want to try things without going to workshops and start on projects before certain skill levels and knowledge are embedded in my brain.
I have always been a hasty worker whether it's cooking or printmaking or gardening. Call it impatience ( but not to my face, I get so defensive) or a glorious lack of perfectionism (I'm saving that for another lifetime) but I have trouble waiting for glue to dry and want to hurry up and get to the next step.
Well I'm finding with this altered art/assemblage and collage that it's necessary to plan out your layers and connections in a logical order or things start to get botched in a hurry.
Then when there's a mistake that messes up my one of a kind beginning of a background it can be so frustrating.
Take rivets for example: I took a silversmithing workshop one day two years ago and learned how to make some nice cold connection rivets. So I had an idea to connect the collaged old book cover to the antique tin ceiling tile with some copper rivets. In order to make the copper tubes for the rivets I had to remember how to load the jewelry saw which I had also learned in the same class two years ago. The saw was picked up at a garage sale so I was hoping it was reasonably functional. It was guesswork really and I sawed three of them before I broke the blade which was looking kind of cattywompus and I was amazed that I was able to cut anything at all.
Did I stop and look in one of my glossy metalsmithing books to see the right way to do it? No, I wanted to GET ON WITH IT! So with some pounding I ended up with three slightly split and bent rivets. So rustic, so primitive. Oh well.
After that was attached I decide to attach a bead which would have been way easier BEFORE I attached the collage.
This is what you call a "learning process" and I know I could benefit by slowing down and PLANNING out my projects. My short attention span has been more suited to lampwork and stringing and making ATC's so far. (and I am a good but messy cook if I do say so myself)
I'm not totally disappointed in the final product but I think I need some more techniques under my belt for that finer final product that I'm seeing so many good artists putting out with their altered art/mixed media /assemblage pieces.
Let me know what you think!


  1. but if you perfected the techniques then your wonderful pieces wouldn't have the spontineity ( Cant spell too late at night !!!)I'm of the go for it school too....... I AM impatient .......and i want to do it NOW ......nearly bought you some circuit boards in the car booty on Sunday ....wish I had now ....they weren't so rusty though.....xx

  2. Kim your work is exceptional although at times I get lazy for posting comments. Great assemblage!

  3. I agree with Artymess. Spontaneity adds to the charm.

  4. I am an impatient worker too, so I sympathize!!

  5. Just love your skin circuitry art work with the special patina!!! Love the colors and texture galore! I just think some people are the manual instruction people and others just have to hop right in. What ever works for ourselves is best- even if we sometimes flip from one style to another. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful work!!


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