Saturday, September 19, 2009

my first collages

I was going through photos tonight on picasa and found a treasure trove of my old collages from my first collage class at the Art Institute of Chicago, back when I had no idea how important collage would become in my life. I believe this lotus one above was my first collage.
I was in a program there where I was headed toward a certificate in Painting and I stumbled into this collage class and also a wonderful class on "the Artists' Sketchbook" by this fabulous teacher that just transformed my way of thinking artistically. I never did finish the program, but I do remember talking to my advisors and having them say to me in true, generous, art school form: "You're just painting with thread and paper now... you've found your medium" I'm so happy for the few years I was able to take classes at the Art Institute. What a wonderful experience that was.

This one is a pretty accurate skyline collage of Chicago, made all with fabric scraps.
I spent so much time on it. I donated it to a charity auction (I can't even remember what it benefitted!) and it sold. Sometimes I wish it hadn't sold and I'd been able to keep it!

This one was really big.
It was very soon after our wedding and I was playing with sewing on paper
and also working with acrylic transfers. I had a lot of fun doing this one.

I made this one over a weekend in Arizona, on hiatus from a very long cold Chicago winter.
The desert had never seemed so beautiful to me before.
I spent the whole (rainy) weekend in the house with good friends -
we called it "The Summit"... and stitched this little memoir.

This was an attempt to unite my collages with my growing bead collection as I was starting my jewelry company. I was a part of a funny group of much older people (and me) that called themselves the "Midwest Collage Society". We met monthly and collaged and shared together. We also would trade all the time and I got the coolest collection of burlap coffee sacks in those trades. I think I still have one somewhere... somewhere.

This one was a weird idea I had to use the tiniest scraps of fabrics from some tossed out samples from work (I worked in the Interior Design business). But when I was getting to see how they all looked stitched together, I thought it looked really lousy. So instead of tossing it, I just embroidered my failure as a joke across the project.


Anamaria said...

Beautiful colages! Almost took some courses at the same school in the spring of 2003! My favorite is the Chicago skyline of course. It's what used to greet me every time I'd return home from a trip! I'll never forget how it felt to see that skyline for the first time I came to US in 1997. I could see most of the city from my room. I fell in love with Chicago at first sight and appart from the gruesome winters it's still my favorite city! My body is here but somehow I feel that a part of me never left! :( I miss Chicago! Thank u for sharing your collages with us! Hope you're feeling much better today!

Tori Higa said...

i definitely think you found your medium as well... these are just amazing. i love your work!

Mod Podge Amy said...

These are so cool! Thank you for sharing. Wow. They are amazing.

libbydibby said...

thanks, ladies.
these were really fun to find the other night and I had fun sharing them. I'm glad you liked them!

Tess said...

Hi Libby, I found you through ModPodgeRocks. I love collage and yours are really interesting. I love the nevermind. It has a native american feel to it, that or Frankenstien ans as I love both it really appealed to me.
Merry Christmas

KathyB said...

My collage works are kin to yours. You had a fresh loose art view. Looking through your blog, I'm glad to see you haven't lost that early charm. Thank you for sharing these. My pieces, also, have a lot of hand stitching. Please stop by andsee what I'm doing now.



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