Thank You, Orono!
Moosehead Lake Region

Here's where I am today--in my mind! Really, I am unpacking boxes and doing inventory from the UMaine Alumni Association Craft Fair and Maine Marketplace held this past weekend. Foot traffic was off this year--especially Sunday, but, still, those who attended the fair and stopped by my booth were lovely to talk with. Thank you for supporting my work. My next show is the Maine Harvest Festival in Bangor, Maine. I will be providing more details about that show on Thursday's blog post.

My Etsy shop is open again and the inventory in my SHOP here on this website is updated.

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Sunday Inspiration: People at Arts and Crafts Shows
Orange Blooms 2 - Layered Paper Collage

Orange Blooms 2. Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper with acrylics on 8" x 10" x .75" canvas. Sold.

As an introvert, it took me a long time to warm up to shows, like the UMaine Alumni Association Craft Fair and Maine Marketplace in Orono, Maine (day 2 is today from 10am to 4pm). What's made doing shows easier for me is the people who attend local craft shows like this one--both as vendors and as visitors for the day. I love the questions people ask and the conversations people strike up when they visit my booth. I usually come away with new insights and inspiration. Not everyone likes my collages or is in a position to buy - that's totally fine. But, when I make a connection with someone who "gets" what I am doing with my artwork, I'm totally thrilled. And, when someone can make a purchase--big or small--I am honored to see something I made going to such good homes. So, today's inspiration is the people at craft shows. I look forward to meeting people at today's event and thank everyone in advance for their support.

I will be updating my SHOP by tomorrow, October 16, 2017. Until then all purchases made through this website are subject to availability.

Cheers!--Janyce

 

UMaine Alumni Association Craft Show Saturday and Sunday!

Saturday and Sunday (October 14 and 15, 2017), I have a booth at the UMaine Alumni Association Craft Fair and Maine Marketplace on the Orono, ME campus. This week's art review features just some of the collage art I will be displaying there. The show runs from 10am to 5pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. I hope to see you there!

Please note: I am taking a lot of my inventory to the show, so sales on this website that are made over the weekend are subject to availability. I will update my SHOP as soon after the show as possible. Any questions, please contact me.

Cheers!--Janyce

 

New Collages for the UMaine Alumni Craft Fair October 14 and 15, 2017
Orange Blooms 2. Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper on 8" x 10" x .75" canvas.

Orange Blooms 2. Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper on 8" x 10" x .75" canvas.

The UMaine Alumni Association Craft Fair and Maine Marketplace is upon us! October 14 and 15, 2017 at the New Balance Field House in Orono, Maine. Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Please note: I am taking a lot of my inventory with me, so any items currently in my SHOP will be subject to availability after the show.

In lieu of a video today, which I intended, I am posting two brand new layered paper collages I finished this morning. They are both on 8" x 10" canvases and ready to hang. I am bringing them to the fair and, if they don't find a good home over the weekend, I will post them in my shop next week.

Yellow Blooms. Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper on 8" x 10" x .75" canvas.

Yellow Blooms. Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered paper on 8" x 10" x .75" canvas.

Show attendees will benefit from some marked-down prices on select artwork. I will have collage wall art, matted collages, refrigerator magnets, paper vases and flowers, collage jewelry, as well as printed greeting cards available for sale. Prices in my booth range from $3.95 for greeting cards ($3.00 each if you purchase 5 or more), $12 for collage pendant necklaces (new to Pinecone and Sparrow), $14-$35 for smaller collages, $25 for ornaments, $125 decorative vases with flowers, to between $45 and $595 for larger collage wall art.

My booth is D-9 -- almost in the back row, so wear comfortable shoes!

Also, the football game is Saturday. So, if you're into crowds, come and join the fun. If you want a quieter day, come Sunday. Either way, I hope you will stop by my booth to say hello.

Cheers!--Janyce

 

Show Update: UMaine Alumni Association Craft Fair This Weekend!
Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display at the 2016 UMaine Craft Fair

Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display at the 2016 UMaine Craft Fair

The countdown is on for the UMaine Alumni Association Craft Fair and Maine Marketplace this coming weekend, October 14 and 15, 2017. The show is in the New Balance Field House on the UMaine campus in Orono. Saturday hours: 10am to 5pm; Sunday hours: 10am to 4pm. My booth is toward the back of the field house, so wear comfortable shoes! Also, the football game is Saturday afternoon, so parking will be at a premium. Sunday is, traditionally, a bit slower paced, so that's a good day to come if you're not "into" crowds.

I will be posting a short video of some of the artwork I am bringing to the fair on tomorrow (Friday's) blog post.

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Featured Collage: Inchie Pendants, Almost Ready for the UMaine Craft Fair
Inchie Pendants layered paper collage

I have been working on these "inchie" pendants: 1" x 1" layered paper collages set in pendant bezel trays with the intent of bringing them to the UMaine Alumni Association Craft Fair in Orono, Maine this coming weekend, October 14 and 15, 2017. These pendants are coated with mod podge dimensional magic, an acrylic solution that needs some time to harden and dry completely. The bottle says 24 hours to set, but I am finding the pendants need longer to dry from the inside out. I will make a call Friday night whether I am bringing them to the fair. I hope so. I think they are super cute and would like to get people's feedback. If not, I will take pictures and list them for sale some time next week.

The show, by the way, runs from 10am to 5pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. The homecoming football game is Saturday, so if you love crowds, come join the fun. If you'd like a slower paced look at the arts and crafts at the fair, come Sunday. Either way, I hope to see you there!

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Book Review: Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques
Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques Book Cover

Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques by Harriet Janis and Rudi Blesh. 1967. New York: Chilton Book Company.

Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques begins with the premise that modern collage has its roots in folk art. Through the decades, it has moved from two-dimensional representation to three-dimensional (collages and assemblages) to environments and "happenings" that move toward and encompass the viewer. Artists' reactions to changes in their environment (including social, political, and technological) resulted in a rejection of traditional perspectives. Janis and Blesh write:

...traditional perspective went inward to a vanishing point, not toward but away from the spectator. From the Renaissance through most of the nineteenth century, paintings invited you to "come in." But once cubism had reversed the direction, perspective began rushing into the spectator's world like a motor car at an unwary pedestrian--directly to a new vanishing point out in front of the picture." (p. 111).
Left: Number 17 (1942) Kurt Schwitters in Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques

Left: Number 17 (1942) Kurt Schwitters in Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques

The book follows the typical art movements highlighted in collage history books of this type: folk art, cubism, futurism, dada, surrealism, neo-dada (or factualism), and pop. They stop along the way to highlight Kurt Schwitters and Max Ernst, who get their own chapters, and focus on shifts in technique (constructions, environments, happenings). It is difficult, from the perspective of someone who was born about the time this book came out, to understand and know exactly how the technological advances that occurred from the early 1900s (photographic processes, print making processes, motor cars, space ships, the atom bomb, etc.) impacted the people experiencing these machines and devices for the first time. Those feelings and attitudes came out in the work of the artists trying to make sense of it all. In hindsight, it appears they tried to reclaim the world around them in ways that reach far back into human experience: using the signs, papers, and other materials of their time.

Left: Huntington Harbor (1926) by Arthur Dove, Collage by Natalia Goncharova, and Still Life with Bottle and Cup (c. 1920) by Marthe Tour Donas; Right: Collage by Anne Ryan in Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques

Left: Huntington Harbor (1926) by Arthur Dove, Collage by Natalia Goncharova, and Still Life with Bottle and Cup (c. 1920) by Marthe Tour Donas; Right: Collage by Anne Ryan in Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques

While Collage; Personalities, Concepts, Techniques is obviously dated (as always, I would love to see more women not just represented but highlighted), I found it an informative, if somewhat sentimental, look at the development of collage from an angle I had not yet come across in the collage books I have read. An overriding question the authors seem to be asking is where will collage go from here? Though artists had found ways to innovate, change, and influence the direction of collage as a fine art, they had not (have not) yet exhausted all the possibilities.

The authors end the book in a reflective mood that, with the unrest in the 1960s, must have been at their foremost thoughts. Their words hold some relevancy still:

Artists and art -- they bait us with our own idiocy, ambush us with the terrors we hide from. With philosophers paralyzed, poets mute, priests palsied, and statesmen benumbed, only the artists still try to make us face ourselves and the world we have built, a world...truly made for all passionate, wounded, capricious, consuming hearts. (p. 313)
Left: Sky Cathedral (1958) by Louise Nevelson; Right: Totems (1959) by Louise Nevelson in Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques

Left: Sky Cathedral (1958) by Louise Nevelson; Right: Totems (1959) by Louise Nevelson in Collage: Personalities, Concepts, Techniques

Have you read this book? Let me know what I've got wrong (or right!).

P.S. I could have found a picture of the original book jacket, but I loved the way this book came from the library: worn and well-loved. Couldn't resist using it as the book cover photo.

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Work in Progress: Layered Paper Collage as Pendants
1" x 1" Layered paper collage in pendant/bezel trays for necklaces.

1" x 1" Layered paper collage in pendant/bezel trays for necklaces.

Last week, I discovered "inchies": 1" x 1" layered paper collage. I'm experimenting with placing these original pieces of small format collage in pendant/bezel trays for necklaces. My goal is to introduce them at the UMaine Alumni Association Homecoming Craft Fair and Maine Marketplace this weekend at the New Balance Field House on the UMaine, Orono campus this coming Saturday and Sunday (October 14 and 15, 2017). The show runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. There are usually lots of people around on Saturday, largely because of the football game. If you're not that into crowds and/or searching for a parking space on campus, Sunday's the day to come. This is a local show for me, so I hope to see you there!

1" x 1" layered paper collage in pendant/bezel trays for necklaces.

1" x 1" layered paper collage in pendant/bezel trays for necklaces.

After the show, I will be putting the necklaces online for sale in my SHOP. I will let you know when they are available--hopefully, early next week.

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Sunday Inspiration: Images from My Back Yard
Head Harbor Light House

Today, my "back yard" is Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. This is an image of Head Harbor Lighthouse. I actually didn't take a lot of photographs while visiting the island--just enjoyed the scenery. Lunch with a friend in Lubec, Maine, United States, was fun, too. Sometimes, you just have to be "in the moment" and not worry about taking photographs.

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Save the date for my next show: UMaine Alumni Homecoming Craft Fair and Maine Marketplace, UMaine, Orono. 10am to 5pm Saturday; 10am to 4pm Sunday October 14 and 15, 2017.

Cheers!--Janyce

 

Art Week in Review

This week's Art Week in Review: inchies, layered paper collage wall art, ornaments, greeting cards, show update. UMaine Alumni Homecoming Craft Fair October 14 and 15, 2017. 10am to 5pm Saturday; 10am to 4pm Sunday.

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Show Update: Moving Indoors! Orono, Bangor, Gardiner Shows Coming Up.
Pinecone and Sparrow booth display Umaine 2016.

Pinecone and Sparrow booth display Umaine 2016.

The outdoor craft fairs and arts festivals have finished up for the season. I am moving indoors. My next three shows are:

  • UMaine Alumni Homecoming Craft Fair and Maine Market Place, New Balance Field House, UMaine, Orono, ME. October 14 and 15, 2017. Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm. Come Saturday and enjoy the crowds and football game. Come Sunday to enjoy a slower pace! My booth is in the back, so wear comfortable shoes!
  • Maine Harvest Festival, Cross Center, Bangor, ME. November 11 and 12, 2017. 10am to 4pm both days. I don't have my booth assignment, yet, but will let you know more details as the time gets closer.
  • Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club Holiday Fair, Lions Avenue, Gardiner, ME (former Gardiner Armory). 8am to 2pm. This is my first time doing this fair. I am planning to bring smaller items: small format collage art, matted collage art, ornaments, refrigerator magnets, greeting cards, and the like. The larger collages are staying home for this one.

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Featured Collage: Wearable Art Collage
Inchie pendant. Layered paper collage original (not print). 1" x 1" in antique silver bezel tray.

Inchie pendant. Layered paper collage original (not print). 1" x 1" in antique silver bezel tray.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon "inchies" while watching YouTube videos. In my case, these are 1" x 1" layered paper collages. After a visit to the craft store, I came up with putting the inchies in a bezel tray to make pendants. I just about a few to experiment with. I'm excited by the results!

Inchie pendants. 1" x 1" layered paper collage in antique silver bezel tray.

Inchie pendants. 1" x 1" layered paper collage in antique silver bezel tray.

I will be offering these inchie pendants for sale. I am still waiting for chains and more bezel trays to arrive in the mail. I will definitely have these available at the UMaine Alumni Homecoming Craft Fair in Orono, Maine on October 14 and 15. The show runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday; 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Because of the football game on Saturday, parking and craft fair attendance tends to be lighter on Sunday, so if you're not as "into" crowds or searching for parking spaces on campus, Sunday's the day to come!

Inchie Pendant. Layered paper collage. Back view of antique silver pendant.

Inchie Pendant. Layered paper collage. Back view of antique silver pendant.

Anyone who knows me, knows I like working "small." These inchies have definitely sparked my imagination. It's amazing how much space there really is in a 1" x 1" square!

Stay tuned for when these are available for sale. I will keep you posted.

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Book Review: Approaches to Collage
Approaches to Collage Title Page

Approaches to Collage by Warren Farnworth. 1976. New York: Taplinger Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-800-80280-6

Approaches to Collage by Warren Farnworth divides how artists approach collage into four main categories reminiscent of the Meyers-Briggs personality tests: material/technique, visual approach, formal approach, and imaginative approach. While no artist relies solely on one approach throughout the creative process, any one approach "can act as a starting point to an activity." (p. 12)  As the project matures, artists often times pull in techniques from the other areas to round out their art work.

Left: House, garden and trees using a variety of edible materials in Approaches to Collage.

Left: House, garden and trees using a variety of edible materials in Approaches to Collage.

If you like lists, this book is for you. There are lists of materials to use: papers, fabrics, fibers and filaments, natural materials, waste materials. There are lists for making changes to the surface of your artwork: changing surface texture, changing color and tone, changing the shape of a material, changing material edges. There are lists for supports and adhesives: paper, cardboard, boards and wood sheets, cold water paste, PVA, epoxy, and the like. No one reading this book will walk away without an idea of where to start or what materials to collect.

Book pages from Approach Four: Imaginative in Approaches to Collage

Book pages from Approach Four: Imaginative in Approaches to Collage

The majority of the book focuses on individual aspects of each of the four approaches. When a person chooses materials and techniques (approach 1) as their starting point, the artist may be inspired by the properties of materials (texture, size, shape). Playing around with these variables can create dynamic and surprising results. Someone interested in the patterns and textures of their environment (bark, peeling paint, ripples on a pond) may use visual cues to start their work (approach 2). An artist using traditional design elements to start their project, focusing on pattern, movement, relationships may be using the formal approach (3). And, someone arranging objects or images to express an idea or feelings may be starting off with the imaginative approach (4). The author provides readers with further explanations of each of the approaches and many images (most black and white) and illustrative examples throughout the book.

Left: Shaped support turned into decorative fish; Right: Collection of steel engravings transformed into a man and his dog in Approaches to Collage.

Left: Shaped support turned into decorative fish; Right: Collection of steel engravings transformed into a man and his dog in Approaches to Collage.

Approaches to Collage is a somewhat analytical approach to collage meant to help people build an awareness of their particular creative style. It is a quick read that may assist readers in gaining an understanding of alternative ways to start and progress through art projects.

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Work in Progress: Inchies! Really small collage art.
Forest Scene Inchie. Layered paper collage on 1" x 1" postcard stock.

Forest Scene Inchie. Layered paper collage on 1" x 1" postcard stock.

Just when you thought I couldn't collage any smaller! I came across YouTube videos of "inchies" - 1" x 1" works of art. Amazing what you can fit on a substrate that small! I made a bunch this weekend. Not sure what I will do with them, yet. It's possible I will sell them as scrapbook supplies or I may figure out something else for them. I'm off to the craft store today to get some ideas.

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Art Week in Review

This week's Art Week in Review: layered paper, small format artwork; refrigerator magnet art collages (on sale through my Etsy shop); a thank you to the people of Underhill, Vermont, who made the Harvest Market such a success; and looking ahead to the UMaine Alumni Craft Fair October 14 and 15, 2017.

To purchase original collage art, click the SHOP drop down menu at the top of this page. Prints are available at the Pixels.com link. Refrigerator magnet art collages are available through Etsy. A limited supply of greeting cards, here, are available at show prices, while supply lasts.

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By The Lake Series: 4" x 4" Collage Wall Art
By the Lake (Blue) #1. Layered paper collage on 4" x 4" x 1.5" artist board. Original available here.

By the Lake (Blue) #1. Layered paper collage on 4" x 4" x 1.5" artist board. Original available here.

Yesterday, I listed 14 new items in the Collage Small Format Originals section of my website. These are layered paper collages featuring a lake, trees, mountain, and ferns in blue, purple, and green. They are 4" x 4" x 1.5" in size and ready to hang on the wall, stand on a shelf or small easel.

By the Lake (Green) #1. Layered paper collage on 4" x 4" x 1.5" artist board. Original available here.

By the Lake (Green) #1. Layered paper collage on 4" x 4" x 1.5" artist board. Original available here.

From today until October 7, 2017, if you use the coupon code SPARROW10 at checkout, you will receive 10% off your total order on original collages, including these small format collage art pieces.

By the Lake (Purple) #1. Layered paper collage on 4" x 4" x 1.5" artist board. Original available here.

By the Lake (Purple) #1. Layered paper collage on 4" x 4" x 1.5" artist board. Original available here.

Purchase original collage art by clicking on the SHOP drop down menu at the top of this page. Refrigerator magnet art collages are also on sale through my Etsy shop (get 20% off magnets, no coupon code required).

Though not on sale, prints, greeting cards, t-shirts, tote bags, mugs and more may be purchased through my shop at Pixels.com.

Save the date for the UMaine Alumni Craft Show in Orono, Maine October 14 and 15, 2017.

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Show Update: Thank you, Underhill, Vermont. Next stop Orono, Maine!
Booth Display at the 2016 United Church of Underhill Harvest Market, Underhill, Vermont

Booth Display at the 2016 United Church of Underhill Harvest Market, Underhill, Vermont

A big THANK YOU to the people in and around Underhill, Vermont who braved the heat Saturday and Sunday to participate in the United Church of Underhill's Old-Fashioned Harvest Market. Shade and cool water were highly prized over the weekend. While I did have some sales on Saturday, Sunday was sloooooow. It was just too hot. Many people opted to find cooler places to be. Still, it was great meeting and talking with people throughout the weekend.

My next show is October 14 and 15, 2017 and closer to home at the University of Maine. Their Homecoming Craft Fair and Maine Marketplace will be at the New Balance Field House on campus from 10am to 5pm Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. Last year, Sunday was the slower day (with crowds coming Saturday to enjoy the football game), so if you are not particularly a "crowd" person, that's the day to come. My booth is near the back of the field house, so wear comfortable shoes! I will be posting more about the event as the weekend nears.

I am currently running a sale on refrigerator magnet art collages through my Etsy shop. I have marked them down 20%, so no coupon code is necessary. The sale runs through October 7, 2017 and applies to US (domestic) and international orders.

Original collage art is available for purchase by clicking the SHOP drop down menu at the top of this page. Prints, greeting cards, t-shirts, tote bags, mugs and more are available through the Pixels link.

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Featured Collages: Refrigerator Art Collage (IT WAS TOO HOT Sale)
Refrigerator magnet art collages available through my Etsy Shop. 20% off today through October 7, 2017. Applies to US (Domestic) and International orders alike.

Refrigerator magnet art collages available through my Etsy Shop. 20% off today through October 7, 2017. Applies to US (Domestic) and International orders alike.

I had fun at the Harvest Market in Underhill, Vermont this past weekend, which I will talk more about on Thursday's blog post, but, frankly it was just too hot for many shoppers (particularly on Sunday). Record breaking heat in that area. We all, vendors and market goers alike, savored any bit of shade we could find and doubly appreciated the occasional puff of a breeze that came through the field during the day. So...I am running an "IT WAS TOO HOT" sale on all refrigerator magnet art collages through my Etsy shop now through Saturday October 7, 2017. The magnet art collages are regularly $16. You will receive 20% off each magnet (already marked down). No coupon code necessary. This applies to US and international orders equally. Shipping costs and taxes, where applicable, still apply. Here's the link to my Etsy SHOP.

Purchase original art collages by clicking the SHOP drop down menu at the top of this page. Prints, greeting cards, t-shirts, tote bags and more are available through the PIXELS link.

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Book Review: Urgent 2nd Class
Urgent 2nd Class book cover

Urgent 2nd Class: Creating Curious Collage, Dubious Documents, and Other Art from Ephemera by Nick Bantock. (2004). San Francisco: Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-0-811-84305-8

The back cover of Nick Bantock's Urgent 2nd Class invites readers to "take an art class with the master of aesthetic curiosity" and claims to show readers "how to alchemically transform the unexpected into your own idiosyncratic art". As delightful as I find this book--and I really do like it--I would not count this among the collage books that delve deeply into technique. It does survey various materials to collect, provide artists with a few pointers now and again, and is rich with the author/artist's sample artwork that will spark readers' imaginations. Bantock has a light, humorous writing style that made this book a breeze to read through. You will want to go back and spend time with the images.

Left: The Harem Window by Nick Bantock; Right: The Postman's Nightmare (above) and Forward from Egypt by Nick Bantock in Urgent 2nd Class.

Left: The Harem Window by Nick Bantock; Right: The Postman's Nightmare (above) and Forward from Egypt by Nick Bantock in Urgent 2nd Class.

In his introduction, Bantock writes: "I love the idea of creativity that honors the effect of time and makes mischief with history. Growing up in a society where hard, cold, and shiny are often valued, I find myself gravitating toward the opposite. Snow-blinded by bleached white paper, I crave smoky patina and shadowy aged surfaces." (p. 1)

He is not out to change "real" history, but to "move forward and backward into an artifact's history" to make curiosities--faux mail, dubious documents and other anomalies--and breathe new life into tattered, near-worthless, no longer loved materials: maps, letters, expired banknotes, labels, postcards, games. He urges readers to dig around at thrift stores and garage sales and ask shop owners for their supply of maps (or other items) too worn to make it on the store shelves (no need to spend top dollar on material that is destined to be altered). Collected material may include: invoices, business forms, passports, marriage and death certificates, institutional and commercial paperwork, postcards, maps, magazines and books, photographs, stamps, commercial artwork, and more. He has a particular fondness for handwriting and I love that he still uses an old typewriter to type out text for some of his works.

Left: Cover Up by Nick Bantock in Urgent 2nd Class.

Left: Cover Up by Nick Bantock in Urgent 2nd Class.

Urgent 2nd Class taps into the more traditional ideas of collage and assemblage with roots in Surrealism (Bantock mentions Max Ernst in his chapter on Engravings). Bantock takes disparate images (sometimes) and combines them in new and interesting ways. He is also just as likely to keep a found document as is, or nearly so, if the piece needs nothing more. He urges artists to play around with the perfect placement of a collage piece before gluing it down. "Anyone," he writes, "can slap a collage onto paper--only time and practice will allow you the skills and understanding to elevate your expression into one of dialogue and harmony." (p. 111)

Urgent 2nd Class shows how Bantock has approached the use of old documents and ephemera in his collage and other artwork. It is a charming introduction to an art form he says has barely been identified and described. I think readers will enjoy this book and find inspiration in the quirky, humorous, and sometimes odd imagery held within.

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Daydreaming Today
View of the foggy ocean

Here's where my mind is today after a great weekend at the United Church of Underhill's Harvest Market. Thanks so much for the behind-the-scenes workfrom organizers like Jim Dougherty. I have a feeling getting us all organized is a bit like herding cats! Also a big THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by my booth and making the weekend a success.

I will be updating my SHOP by Wednesday, September 27 at the latest (all collage art purchased through my website is subject to availability until then) and posting more about the Harvest Market on Thursday's blog post. But, for today, I am chilling out with family and daydreaming of hikes by the ocean.

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