Paper Chase Continued…

Sunday July 13th, 2008, 5 years, 9 months and 1 week ago

EDIT: The Paper Chase Project has now closed.

Wow!!! The Paper Chase Project has exceeded my wildest expectations – not that I actually had any expectations really, it was kind of a spur of the moment thing.

So far, I have 44 people (from 5 different countries) who’ve expressed an interest in participating, & 8 people I know of have already posted their packages off! That’s potentially a lot of collages I’m going to be making, but please don’t be discouraged by that if you were thinking of taking part – I’m expecting the arrival of the packages will be spread out over a manageable time period, & I’m up for the challenge!

I’m really amazed by how many people are eager to join in, & how incredibly kind & generous they’ve been. This is shaping up to be a lot of fun!

If you’d like to participate in the Paper Chase, you can find out all about it from my previous post, where I’ve given all the details, my postal address, etc. I’m asking people to enclose with the packages their online details (along with their return address of course), as I intend to post regular updates on my blog & link to everyone who takes part. There’ll be photos of the packages as they arrive & I’m also posting pics of the finished collages. Yay!

A big thanks to mega-talented artist Gemma Jones for mentioning the Paper Chase on her blog, & hi to all my blog visitors from Argentina who’ve found me via Diseño Club, who’ve made me the Feature Link of the Week!

Karena

The Great Paper Chase

Thursday July 10th, 2008, 5 years, 9 months and 2 weeks ago

EDIT:  The Paper Chase Project has now closed.

I’ve been busying myself making new small-format originals for a mega-update of my Etsy shop & thought I’d list the first four pieces yesterday & then post about them here in my blog this morning – & guess what? They all sold overnight! Hooray!!

So, I thought I’d show you what I’ve been working on anyway…  I’m really interested in making these collaged geometric patterns from vintage paper lately – I’m quite happy with how they’re working out. It’s so satisfying to take a piece of dusty, forgotten paper, deconstruct it, & give it new life.

What interests me is how once you take a printed image out of the context of its completeness by cropping it into tiny details, you’re prompted to look at it with a new objectivity – each little piece of paper becomes quite enigmatic & beautiful. Then to integrate it into this pattern that has so much depth & detail…it’s really satisfying!

I love the mellow colours & textures & the way the patterns emerge. I try not to be too rigid with dictating what goes where, but I do like to try to create a sense of balance & harmony.

I have a few different designs in the pipeline, but the size & complexity of each one is limited by the brittleness of some of the paper & the fact that I hand-cut them all – in large quantities. It’s tempting to get a digital diecutter to extend the scope of what I can do, but there’s something nice about them being a bit wibbly & flawed. Sitting there snipping away has given me something to do in those moments where you just want to zone out & watch trash TV or engage in some chit-chat or something.

And now, to this…

Please continue reading…

Karena

More Bits of Dusty Ol’ Paper

Wednesday June 25th, 2008, 5 years, 10 months and 2 days ago

Look at all the paper goodies my friend Mark bought back from a secondhand market for me! I can’t wait to draw & paint on it & snip it all up & make collages. Is it weird to get so excited about bits of old paper?

In other news…my Heart Attack greeting card appeared in a Treasury on Etsy’s front page the other day. Thanks to The Letter V for featuring me!

I’ve been busy working on a new painting, as well as making some collages for my Etsy shop, & also printing packaging for buttons, magnets & keyrings, so I’ll have some new things for sale soon & some special goodies for my next giveaway. Don’t forget, to be eligible for the  monthly giveaways, you need to be a subscriber to my mailing list!

I’m also extremely excited about a Gocco exhibition that I’ll be taking part in later this year.  Stay tuned for more details!

And the Winner Is…

Lastly, the winner of my little collage giveaway is Kelly Rinehart of Purple Lemon Designs. Her prize is in the post & making its way to her letterbox!

Karena

Rummaging Pays Off Yet Again!

Monday June 9th, 2008, 5 years, 10 months and 2 weeks ago

Well, I set my alarm for an indecently early hour on Saturday morning (& promptly snoozed through it) because it was the opening day of an annual secondhand book sale, held every June long weekend, that I never miss. Arriving an hour later than desired with two friends, we set about struggling through the dense throng of rummagers in the hopes of getting our grubby hands on some coveted treasures.

Side note: Coincidentally, the three of us were wearing fair isle jumpers (or sweaters, if you like to call them that) & so inadvertently set a new book sale trend. We’re thinking next year everyone will be resplendent in fair isle, but by then we’ll have moved onto houndstooth or paisley or something.

These book sales are brutal. Secondhand book collectors are a particularly aggressive breed. After jostling through the masses, feverishly (& rather possessively) stooped over trestles piled with dusty books, I finally unearthed a few bargains that made the struggle worthwhile. Actually, it was my friend Mark who found this little beauty for me.

Karena

My Passionate Love Affair…

Saturday May 31st, 2008, 5 years, 10 months and 3 weeks ago

…with paper continues… I’ve just given myself blisters from cutting hundreds of little paper shapes for a new collage I’m making. Someone needs to invent scissors with fur-lined handles.  Fake fur of course. After cutting (what seemed like) the 40 billionth shape, I started fantasising about buying a digital die-cutter, but for this project at least, part of the fun is in hand-cutting the paper.

I really do love paper & ink…I hope my passion for them shows in what I do. The finished collages, which are bases for paintings & prints, are just so tactile & lovely. The blisters are (almost) worth it!

Notice anything different? Take a look at the top of my left sidebar…pretty spiffy, eh? Turns out Julian Lievano (of Heart-o-Matic fame) is not only the Evil Knievel of glass blowing, but the Steve McQueen of coding too. He made this nifty little gallery widget especially for my blog. Thanks Julian, I love it! :)

Anyway, toodle-loo for now! :)

Karena

Sneak Peak

Saturday May 10th, 2008, 5 years, 11 months and 2 weeks ago

Here’s a little preview of two new Gocco print designs I’m working on.  Both involve quite a bit of colour & detail, using four screens each, so I’m having lots of fun (make that headaches) working out the colour separations. One of them is going to be a 6.25×9.25″ print made on the larger Arts Gocco & the other is a standard 4×6″ design. Still a lot of work to do, but I thought you might like to take a li’l look at my progress!

I’ve been lucky enough to appear in four Treasury lists on Etsy’s front page recently. The latest was curated by the exceptionally talented Sonia Romero, who along with the equally amazing Marissa Lee has started an Etsy Street Team for printmakers called Printsy. So if you’re an Etsy seller who makes original prints, or a printmaking appreciator, go take a look! It was so great to make it to the front page of Etsy in such good company – what beautiful prints.

Recently I’ve been working on sprucing up my blog, so things will be looking a wee bit different around here quite soon.

Oh! Almost forgot! Fellow Etsian & super-duper artist Andy Mathis let me know I’ve been included in decor8′s list of favourite Australian blogs – how nice is that? I’m honoured! It’s brought masses of traffic to my blog & lots of new subscribers!

And I’ll leave you with quite possibly the greatest video ever to grace the pages of You Tube. It was brought to my attention by my best friend’s partner Stevie who found it via Eartha Kitsch on Flickr. How have I ever lived without it? Enjoy! :)

Karena

Brimful of Interest, Excitement & Skill

Monday April 21st, 2008, 5 years, 12 months and 1 week ago

Look at this great board game my friend Mark brought home for me from a secondhand market a few weeks ago. You’re all invited to come around to my place on a rainy Sunday afternoon & we can sit on the floor & play Fairyland & have fizzy grape juice & ginger cookies. Hooray!

Well it was just a matter of time I suppose…it looks like I’ve been tagged by the well-preserved & fabulously talented benconservato & illustrator extraordinaire Racheal Anilyse. I won’t tag another 7 unsuspecting bloggers, but here are my 7 random or weird facts about myself:

  1. When we were kids, my sister Jo & I had a cardboard box with a human skeleton (Jo traded it at school for one of her Barbie dolls!), a scary black wig she got for Christmas, & a bunch of spiders (that escaped from my bugcatcher) in it.
  2. My sister & I used to play a game we called The Chocolate Nun. I’m not sure there were proper rules, but it involved hand signals somehow…& I think one of us wore a cape.
  3. As a child, I was obsessed with the trappings of bureaucracy & made my own stamps & forms. I glued homemade library cards in the backs of all my books.
  4. Ironically, this obsession was later quelled by 12 witheringly boring years spent working for the Tax Department.
  5. My family nickname is Weanie Beans & has many, equally embarrassing, variations – Beanie, Beans, Queenie, Queena, Kreenie, Reenie…& my Mum’s personal favourite…Beans On Toast.
  6. I’m a neurotic perfectionist. People deliberately move my fridge magnets a fraction of an inch, just to torture me.
  7. I have slept through the room adjoining my bedroom being ransacked by a crazed burglar, & a speeding car careening through my neighbour’s living room wall (the resulting evacuation attempt by the Fire Department, due to a gas leak, didn’t stir me either).

So there you are! 7 things you didn’t really want/need to know about Magic Jelly! Jot them down…if I ever become famous, they may crop up in Trivial Pursuit.

Recently Dick & Dora featured me in their blog…thank you! They also have an Etsy shop & make fab jewellery! And Fric de mentol included one of my Benediction collages in an Etsy Treasury list that made it to the front page. Hooray! Thanks Julian for getting a screenshot for me (a bouquet of parsnips is forthcoming) – it appeared in the middle of the night here in the Southern Hemisphere, so I would have missed it. Fellow Etsy sellers Anna Laura, Sherry Truitt & Salmon Street Studio also kindly let me know about it – thank you! It’s so nice to see such a great collection of artists make the front page – it was an honour to be among them!

Finally, thanks again to everyone who took part in my giveaway – the winners’ prizes are all in the post & on the way to their letterboxes.

Toodle-loo for now!

Karena

And the Winner Is…

Saturday April 12th, 2008, 6 years, 6 days and 5 hours ago

Hooray! Time to announce the winners of my Super-Duper Mega April Giveaway!

I’ve drawn the names from my Mailing List for the 4 prizes, but 1 of the people hasn’t replied – eek! Shows how important it is to keep your mailing list info up to date! I’m going to draw another person’s name if they don’t respond in the next 2 days, so stay tuned…

The winners (so far) are…

Lili Wilkinson (goodie pack)
Cosy Up (Snap! print)
Jen Vecc (goodie pack)

As for the bunny Haiku…wow it was hard to pick a winner – they were all so great! Drumroll please…the winner of the Jack Rabbit print is…

Ashley aka Le Petit Monstre with her poem…

Jack Rabbit stares off
sees much to both love and fear.
It’s a jungle out there.

I thought it was really touching in its simplicity – I particularly love the line “sees much to both love and fear” – beautiful work Ashley! Congratulations! Not only a talented artist, but a poet & bunny lover too!

As I said, it was really hard picking just one. I wanted to give a few more an honourable mention…

The lovely Anna Laura for her ode to vegetarianism…

chicken, pork, beef, fish
who eats rabbits anyway?
they look better alive!

Goodfeets with a lovely little springtime revery…

green spring leaves unfold
lying in the grass, she sighs
a rabbit is born

And he also linked to his favourite bunny song… I don’t know where he found the time or energy to write bunny poems since I just read in his blog he recently made 24 collages in 2 days!!

And finally, Treet submitted this enigmatic little number…

Quietly I sit
Part of all the universe
You call me bunny

I’d like to send those 3 entrants a little something too, while I’m in a prize-giving mood.

Wow that was fun! I think I’m going to have to hold another contest soon… Thanks for your entries! :)

Karena