Q & A From Craft Shows: What Am I Looking At?

 Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display from the 2017 Greater Gardiner River Festival.

Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display from the 2017 Greater Gardiner River Festival.

I love the questions people ask at crafts shows and arts festivals (my next one is the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival August 19, 2017, in case the question was on the tip of your tongue). 

This week, I'm tackling the question: What Am I Looking at?

 Forest Path. Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered papers with acrylics on 20" x 24" x .75" canvas. Original available  here .

Forest Path. Layered paper collage. Hand-stamped and altered papers with acrylics on 20" x 24" x .75" canvas. Original available here.

Occasionally, people come into my booth with a look of confusion on their faces. And, while I do not intentionally wish to baffle people, I think my work does need some explanation for some people. And, that's awesome, because I often learn new things in the process of explaining my work to people who've never seen it before.

When people ask "What am I looking at?," they are, most often, asking about two things: material and process.

The material I use most often is paper, though in some of my smaller works, I have used fabric. All of my large collage wall art is paper I stamped using my own hand-cut stamps. I intentionally play with making paper look like fabric. My love of textiles has rubbed off into my work as a paper collage/mixed media artist, and when I tell people I started off as a quilter, I can see an immediate change in their understanding of the collages I have hung around the booth.

The next question is often..."How?"

I put together a short demonstration to illustrate the paper layering technique I use.

Every collage, whether it is a 2" x 3" refrigerator magnet (which I've got listed on Etsy at the moment) or my larger collage wall art (which are available here or by clicking the drop down menu at the top of this page), starts with the same steps. Prepare a canvas, layer the background with paper, then add details over the base layer until the collage is finished. It can take minutes, hours, or days, depending on the size of the canvas and the complexity of the design.

I hope this answers your question, but if it does not, please let me know.

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Cheers!--Janyce