Friday, March 30, 2012

Handkerchief Babies

I have been working on my handkerchief babies series for the past year or two. They involve a small china doll, and lots of lots of antique linens and lace. I don't think I've shown one on the blog before because I could never get a really nice photo of them. Enter Donna Hopkins, photographer extraordinaire!
Photo by Donna Hopkins

 We spent a fun morning together, and she shot the most delightful images of my babies! We were looking for a prop to go with the top image when I remembered Rick's grandmother's Wedgwood tea cups. I brought one down and it matched perfectly. When we got to the second piece, I realized that my grandmother's tea cup would match this one. My china closet happens to be in my studio...Coincidence? I think not?

Photo by Donna Hopkins
Donna also shot these images of some inspiration pieces that I'm using for some custom artwork.
Photo by Donna Hopkins

Photo by Donna Hopkins

Photo by Donna Hopkins
There is something so soothing about her images. They make me feel like I'm "home". To see more of Donna's photography please go to

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Art and Soul Virgnia Beach 2012 Altered Robots Class

Oh, I put so many things on the back burner until after Art and Soul.  When I returned, I had a to-do list a mile long! Today, I've finally had a day to create, and reflect. This was the view outside our classroom. We had a deck that lead straight to the beach.

Inside, my students were hard at work creating their robots.

We had an amazingly talented group of people. It was so much fun to see how each person interpreted the project.  Everyone  brought so many interesting objects to work with, too. It's much fun to spend a day with people who "get" the junking thing!

Here is a sampling of the robots that were created. These were made by Laurel and Sharon.

This one is Laurel's, too.

This one is was made by Theresa. I can't wait to see it finished. It reminds me of a character from the movie "9"... One of my favorite movies!

This one was made by Joy.

 This one was made by Minette. Can you see the little purse in her hand? She reminds me of a bell hop. And the one on the right is a lovely shrine-like piece done by Phoebe.

Here is Beverly's robot posing with Sharon's robot. I think they may be from the same family.

 And here is most of the group: Theresa, Phoebe, Minette, me, Heather, Joy, Laurel, Laura, Sharon, Beverly and Angela. Please e-mail me if I misidentified anyone! Also, if you have more photos, I'd love to show them. Every robot was absolutely wonderful! Thanks to Elizabeth Woodford for assisting and taking photos for me, and also to Minette. I hope I get to see everyone next year!