Accidental Beauty & Organised Chaos

Tuesday August 19th, 2008, 6 years, 4 months and 6 days ago

Maybe beauty is too grand a word for accidentally organised clutter, but even so, I thought these little dogs (picked up a few weeks ago from a flea market) I’d put to one side of the hellish mess I call my work table, made a nice little arrangement deserving of a photo! The collage on canvas behind them is a little work in progress – I must get around to finishing it…

The piccie below is another accidental arrangement from a few months ago. I was idly fidgeting while talking on the phone & made this little scene on my desk. The thing the tinsel tree is sticking in is a grubby lump of blue-tack with the word ‘please’ pressed in it from my ‘please do not bend’ stamp. Notice my blog on the screen behind it?

I’ve been flat-out busy lately, but for all those involved in the Paper Chase, I am madly collaging the nights away. Last count, I think I’d received about 30 packages!

What else have I been doing lately? Well, I’ve listed some new things in my Etsy shop. I thought I’d try & justify the extravagant purchase of stamp making equipment by making some to sell as well as for myself. I’d like to expand the selection, but here’s what I’ve got for starters. I’m granting buyers a license to use them commercially, & all the designs will be exclusive to the range. I’m also gradually taking product photos so I can list a whole lot of buttons, magnets, keyrings, etc. The multi-packs that I’ve listed so far seem quite popular!

I’m also making hay while the sun shines (ie. using my gocco before supplies finally run out) by doing some new gocco prints, including some pieces for a gocco exhibition in October that I’ll tell you all about later.

Karena

It’s All in the Details

Monday July 28th, 2008, 6 years, 4 months and 3 weeks ago

I want to make the Paper Chase a little bit special, so I designed this stamp to print on the back of all the collages I make. I also uploaded a new batch of photos to the gallery – I’ve received 20 packages so far!

I’m pretty busy with work at the moment, but I’m slowly getting through them & still happy for any new people to join in!

I’ve had such an incredible response, I had to devise a little system to keep all the packages in order & make sure I don’t mix any up. I’m not what you’d call naturally organised or efficient.

Thank you so much to everyone who’s participated so far – I’ve been totally blown away by how generous & thoughtful people are!

Karena

Quick! Where are My Scissors & Glue?!

Thursday July 24th, 2008, 6 years, 5 months and 2 days ago

EDIT: The Paper Chase has now closed.

Trips to the post office are not normally this thrilling… The response to the Paper Chase has been huge – 19 parcels of paper so far, & more to come. Hooray! Here’s what I picked up this morning…it was like Christmas Day opening them all!

I’m obviously going to be very busy making collages for all the participants, so I’d like to ask people to be a little patient. I’m devoting my evenings & some of my weekends to the Paper Chase so I can post back everyone’s collages as soon as possible!

I’m just amazed & really really moved by how great you all are! I hope I can do this project justice by making collages everyone’s happy with! Thank you!

Karena

Still Chasing Paper…

Sunday July 20th, 2008, 6 years, 5 months and 6 days ago

EDIT: The Paper Chase project has now closed.

I am absolutely floored by the response I’ve had to The Paper Chase. I’ve already received 6 packages – 5 of them arriving super-fast from the US.

This project means so much to me, not just because I love paper (& I do love paper!), but because it’s enabling me to make contact with so many amazing artists & art-lovers, & I’m just so touched by people’s generosity & kindness. This is going to sound ultra-corny, but I really feel connected in the warmest, fuzziest way through this exchange – this is what art’s all about. A big thank you to everyone participating in The Paper Chase!

As you can see, I’ve posted tantalising shots of the packages I’ve received so far. I’ve made an extra-special photo gallery just for The Paper Chase where I’m uploading pics of the bundles as they arrive, as well as the finished collages I make to send back.

These parcels of paper pleasure were sent by Mandy in NSW, Peaseblossom Studio, Smoobage, High Desert Diva, Rosa Murillo & Shaving Kit. Thank you!


Karena

Who Knew Paper Could Be This Exciting?

Tuesday July 15th, 2008, 6 years, 5 months and 1 week ago

Well, actually, I knew…& I’m not the only one out there with a serious paper fetish. I’ve kind of lost count, but we’re up to over 50 participants in The Paper Chase now (from 7 different countries), with over 10 people already having shipped their packages. I’m excited!

Melissa from Crab Apple Designs kindly emailed me a photo of the wonderful package she’s sending, so now of course, I’m extra excited! Thanks Melissa, I can’t wait to receive your amazing parcel of paper joy – I hope I can do it justice & make you a collage you’ll be happy with!

Karena

Paper Chase Continued…

Sunday July 13th, 2008, 6 years, 5 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, 6 years, 5 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, 6 years, 6 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